Thursday Movie Picks - TV Edition: Comedies

We're wrapping up 2018 with our final TV pick. This week Wanderer wants us to talk about comedies. My favorite comedy on TV right now is easily Veep, but I used that last year and wanted to highlight a few others I enjoy.

1) Chewing Gum

I stumbled upon this on Netflix in 2016 and it's honestly one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. I instantly became a fan of Michaela Cole. The show is pretty random but it works. 

2) American Vandal

Another Netflix show. I knew immediately after I saw the trailer for this - which they structured to look like an actual true crime documentary - that I needed to see it. The first season involved someone spray painting dicks all over the cars in the teacher's parking lot. It was hysterical. Season two was okay, but season one is what shines.

3) All That

And one from my childhood. Josh Server is the earliest crush that I can think of and I loved Amanda Bynes because she was this tall beanpole like I was at that age. All That is also the first time I ever pondered lip syncing after watching Britney Spears perform and realizing that she wasn't singing a damn word live.

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  1. I don't have Netflix streaming so I'm unfamiliar with those first two but I saw an episode or two of All That back in the day. I didn't love it but it was okay however I'm positive I was far from its target audience.

    I watch very little series TV and the only current comedy I follow is Brooklyn Nine-Nine but I'm pretty sure I used it before so I reached back to three older shows that I loved when they were on, while the Van Dyke show was reruns even then, and are still great now.

    The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)-Brilliant comedy that still holds up today. Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) is the head writer on The Alan Brady Show (played by series creator Carl Reiner) along with his team Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) & Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and lives with his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and son Richie in New Rochelle, New York. The show follows the clan’s various adventures and misadventures with insight and humor.

    The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)-Sketch comedy driven by the comedy queen and her merry band of clowns usually comprised of Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vickie Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. Some of the better known skits include The Family (which was eventually spun off as Mama’s Family), As the Stomach Turns, and the classic Went With the Wind among many, many others.

    WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)-Program director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) arrives for his first day of work at elevator music playing radio station WKRP in the title city and turns the place on its ear by changing it to a Rock n Roll format. Along for the ride is a colorful assortment of characters including curvaceous receptionist Jennifer Marlowe (Loni Anderson), DJs Dr. Johnny Fever & Venus Flytrap (Howard Hessman & Tim Reid), goofy but lovable managing director Mr. Carlson (referred to as The Big Guy) and other wacky characters. Quirkily humorous and the classic Thanksgiving episode “Turkeys Away!” is a must see.

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    1. I've seen a few clips of each of those. Dick Van Dyke was on Nick and Nite, but I never liked watching it. I always went for Happy Days, I Love Lucy, and The Wonder Years.

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  2. Ok...they got me. I watched American Vandal with my daughter and swore it was a real doc series because teenagers can be awfully dumb. Netflix 1, Dell 0.

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    1. I don't blame anyone because had I not read the YouTube description box of the trailer before watching it I would've totally bought that it was real too.

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  3. Ah, All That. What child/teen from the 90s didn't see that show? That was a funny show.

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  4. I'm sure Mario won't mind if you review Wiggle Pop 1st.

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  5. I have to say I do t even know any of these shows

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    1. I'm vaguely aware of that from previews on the other shows my child watches. lol

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    1. It's so ridiculous, I think you'd get a kick out of it. Especially the first season.

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  8. I didn't really like Chewing Gum much. It's a little like you said random.

    American Vandal - I love this show and wished Netflix did renew it for a third season.

    I didn't watch any of Amanda Bynes sketch shows but I did like What I Like About You.

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    1. I never cared much for The Amanda Show, I liked All That far better.

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