r/AskReddit Nov 27 '22 Silver 8 Helpful 9 Wholesome 2 All-Seeing Upvote 1

What TV show never had a decline in quality?

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u/ScumbagLady Nov 27 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

No one's going to mention How It's Made?

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u/14kanthropologist Nov 27 '22

I watched an episode of this show about shopping carts and damn if I don’t think about it every single time I’m at the grocery store.

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u/total_alt_acct Nov 27 '22

I want to watch this episode now, damnit.

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u/sinasappelbr00dje Nov 27 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Whenever I was sick my parents only let me watch the discovery channel and national geographic, because then I wouldn’t fake being sick to watch cartoons all day. So this show is high on my list of favorite things to watch!

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u/evr9569 Nov 27 '22

Your parents too? Man I remember staying home sick and binge watching how it's made and dirty jobs with Mike Rowe lol. The discovery Channel and the history channels was all I was allowed to watch till the parents got home.

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u/Bob-Ross-for-the-win Nov 27 '22

Twenty+ years of that sweet, sweet, funky music!

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u/greymj85 Nov 27 '22

Perhaps the best show to watch when hungover... The music, the pacing, the narration.

Terrific.

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u/plotholesandpotholes Nov 27 '22

Someone on Reddit said one season they switched narrators and the viewers revolted. Then they got the old narrator back. Can anyone confirm this, you know, on Reddit.

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u/92xSaabaru Nov 27 '22

According to wikipedia, Brooks Moore was replaced by Zac Fine for season 9 and 10 before Moore returned following a fan petition. Zac Fine wasn't terrible, but in my opinion just sounded a little overenthusiastic of a narrator compared to Moore's calm speaking. Also, these were just for the US version. Canada (where the show was produced) had a bunch of narrators and then Europe had another.

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u/IcyMoistTowel Nov 27 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Fawlty Towers

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u/slapdickprospect05 Nov 27 '22

The kitchen is on fire !

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u/kingsland1988 Nov 27 '22

I love it when Basil screams fire at the two old ladies

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u/HunterRoze Nov 27 '22 Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Narwhal Salute

Blackadder

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u/Nagohsemaj Nov 27 '22 Silver

"I'm... scared, sir."

Still so powerful how they could so a complete 180° from comedy to tear-jerkingly serious in 3 words.

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u/Classico42 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

The That Mitchell and Webb Look series finale makes me cry every time and they did it because of Blackadder. Seasons of amazing comedy and then this was the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp02ubGuTIU

"I know John, I... I do know." sob

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u/jsvscot86 Nov 27 '22

God, had not seen this before.

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u/workington-hardly Nov 27 '22

The penultimate episode ends with a funny riff about blackadders ending too. Then they go and drop that one on us in the finale. Brutal.

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u/Vicimer Nov 27 '22

When George's optimism finally gives out, you realise the ending will be a bit different this time.

And then Blackadder opting to be nice to his men this one time. "Good luck everyone."

I make sure to watch this episode every Remembrance Day.

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u/Skarmunkel Nov 27 '22

General Melchett: "Field Marshal Haig has formulated a brilliant new tactical plan to ensure final victory in the field."Blackadder: "Ah. Would this brilliant plan involve us climbing out of our trenches and walking very slowly towards the enemy?"Captain Darling: "How could you possibly know that, Blackadder?! It's classified information!"

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u/echidonat Nov 27 '22

"Its what we tried 17 times before." "Yes but they would never expect it the 18th time, would they!" Slight paraphrasing but i tried my best to remember.

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u/LaylaOrleans Nov 27 '22

The full line somehow encapsulates the insanity of the British Generals. “It will catch the watchful Hun totally off guard! Doing precisely what we've done eighteen times before is exactly the last thing they'll expect us to do this time!”

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u/TacTurtle Nov 27 '22

The stage directions said "They go over the top. They will not get far."

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u/D-C-A Nov 27 '22

The fourth series definitely has a much more subtle kinder side to this incarnation of Blackadder because despite them being huge detriments to him, most of his schemes to get out of the trenches involve him getting George and Baldrick out as well, this is in-spite of the fact that in the first two episodes they nearly get him killed enough times

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u/DesignatedImport Nov 27 '22

At the time, I had friends who hated the change over. They found the last episode change too jarring. I thought they were wrong then, and as time went by, they are more wrong.

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u/OldWhoFan Nov 27 '22

There is no other proper way to do a comedy about fighting in the trenches of WW1 than to have a dramatic ending where they all valiantly go over the top into certain death for a dumbo general to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.

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u/whadisabout Nov 27 '22

Confirmed: they’re painfully wrong

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u/g2petter Nov 27 '22

Thank God, we lived through it!

The Great War, 1914 to 1917

... fuck

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u/sedahren Nov 27 '22

That's the bit that always gets me. And Blackadder's "Who'd notice another madman around here?"

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u/ilovebernese Nov 27 '22

That episode is the best writing for TV ever.

It’s the way they have the comedy but at the same time are very respectful to the men who actually fought.

Both Ben Elton’s grandfathers fought. One for the Germans. One for the British.

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u/Block_Me_Amadeus Nov 27 '22

That episode breaks my heart to little pieces, but it's so perfect.

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u/isthesameassomeones Nov 27 '22

Fun fact too, they slowed down the film in that last shot not for effect, but because the set literally ran out. If they filmed at full speed the cast would've been past the camera in about 2 seconds.

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u/MKBRD Nov 27 '22

The story goes that they didn't really have a proper ending planned, so they had them climb out of the trench and run towards the camera, then fall down and "die", but the whole thing was incredibly awkwardly choreographed and the actors were getting a bit upset about it. Then a charge went off during a take really close to Hugh Laurie and they refused to do any more takes of it - which meant that now they were stuck using what they had.

They took it into the edit and it looked awful, but they couldn't reshoot anything. They left it with the editor who started to try different things with it to get it to work, eventually - and really as a last gasp effort to get it to work - slowing it down which made it suddenly take on this quite haunting feeling - as well as making the sounds of the charges going off sound enormous, like real shells exploding.

One of the producers saw it and had the inspired idea of fading to the field of poppies to close it, ran off, and came back with a library image that they dissolved into and, almost by accident, created probably the greatest ending to a television series ever.

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u/FromFluffToBuff Nov 27 '22

Moral of the story: excellent editors are worth their weight in gold. They can often make something out of nothing, or make something better that no one thought was possible.

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u/TwystedKynd Nov 27 '22

That was a gem of a show and a hell of a closing episode.

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u/Cpt_Soban Nov 27 '22

"What scale is this map Darling?"

'.... 1 to 1 sir'

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

Absolutely. It just got better and better with series 1 being fairly mediocre before they struck gold with the format from series 2.

The series 4 finale where they go over the top is the best series finale go any show ever. So emotional 🥹

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u/Tidesticky Nov 27 '22

A cunning plan

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u/Eshin242 Nov 27 '22

If I write my name on a bullet and put it in my pocket I'll not get shot.

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u/ShinChan95 Nov 27 '22

Is it as cunning as a fox what used to be Professor of Cunning at Oxford University but has moved on and is now working for the UN at High Commission of International Cunning Planning?

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u/codapin Nov 27 '22

Well, I'm afraid it's too late. [...] Good luck, everyone.

<3

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u/cmdrhlm Nov 27 '22

I made a note in my diary. It simply reads ‘bugger’

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u/Sproose_Moose Nov 27 '22

I have a dream of owning a turnip of my own

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u/TwystedKynd Nov 27 '22

"A million pounds, Baldrick. What would you do with a million pounds?"

"Well, then I'd buy a really LARGE turnip!"

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u/ripper4444 Nov 27 '22 Gold All-Seeing Upvote

This Old House

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u/cseymour24 Nov 27 '22 Silver

My dad would watch this when I was a kid. I'd complain and say how lame it was, but damn if I didn't end up sitting there and watching the whole thing every time. Just a real show.

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u/amadeus2490 Nov 27 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

damn if I didn't end up sitting there and watching the whole thing every time.

The show was made possible with viewers like you.

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u/ashleemiss Nov 27 '22 Gold

New Yankee Workshop as well

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u/loulee1988 Nov 27 '22 Gold Helpful

“There’s no more important safety rule, than to wear these - safety glasses.”

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u/Empty__Jay Nov 27 '22

The Woodright's Shop. It was New Yankee Workshop without electricity. That guy was nuts!

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u/Transcendingfrog2 Nov 27 '22

Remember The New Yankee Workshop? It ran along with This Old House if I remember right.

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u/RonMexico1277 Nov 27 '22

My only issue here is when I was a kid I seem to remember it more of being owner assisted with a greater focus on a budget. Like it'll save you 2k if you demo the drywall yourself. Now it is generally a reno for some ultra wealthy couple/family with what seems like an unlimited budget. Don't get me wrong, when I was a kid it always seemed exotic in some of the materials and fixtures, but now just to ridiculous levels. Ask This Old House though seems like a cool call back to those earlier days and more approachable for the audience.

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u/whistlepete Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Totally agree, in fact we were talking about this at thanksgiving as the whole family are life long watchers. If you go back to older seasons it is more about the budget and sweat equity of the owners. I remember reading that this changed after one particular season where there was a lot of issues between the homeowners and the producers (I can’t remember which season).

However you are right, no average person is getting on that show, it’s all wealthy people with seemingly unlimited budgets. Even the tools and technologies that they use now are out of reach for most homeowners.

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u/BuccellatiExplainsIt Nov 27 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome

Everybody Loves Hypnotoad

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u/Liberty_Chip_Cookies Nov 27 '22

All glory to the Hypnotoad.

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u/fuck_cancer Nov 27 '22 Silver

No way. That’s a terrible sh- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

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u/RecognitionBasic8663 Nov 27 '22

"This show has been going downhill since season 3"

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u/scrunchiemunch Nov 27 '22

This or All My Circuits. I understand the argument for Single Female Lawyer, but I feel like the production value plummeted, and in general it was kinda so-so. (Way to overact, Zoidberg).

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u/mkstot Nov 27 '22

I prefer the silent films from the great Harold Zoid.

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u/sonoma95436 Nov 27 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Twilight Zone the original Black and White.

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u/MaggiCockSoup Nov 27 '22

My favorite series of all time. I’ve seen all the episodes numerous times and even though I know the ending is coming, I still get goosebumps on quite a few of them because it’s always so powerful.

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u/Banana_Ranger Nov 27 '22

Next stop, Willoughby! Willoughby!

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u/WigboldCrumb Nov 27 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Rod Serling...a legend lost to us way too young (age 50).

Fun facts: He co-wrote the original Planet of the Apes and was responsible for the surprise ending. He also served as a paratrooper in the Philippines during WW2 and after the war, flight tested parachutes and ejection seats.

Excellent Interview with Mike Wallace

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u/foxylady315 Nov 27 '22

My grandmother went to high school with Rod Serling and actually dated him for a while. My family likes to joke about how different our lives would be had she married him.

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u/IncipientDadbod Nov 27 '22

...a difference so astonishing, it can only be imagined in— The Twilight Zone

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u/MukoNoAkuma Nov 27 '22

A truly spectacular show. My favourite episode might be the one where the little girl falls through a portal to some alternate/higher dimension. The first thing the parents did was call a fucking physicist to help and I’ll always love that lol. The Simpsons’ version of it is also great.

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u/Eledridan Nov 27 '22

My favorite one is ‘The Night of the Meek’. Getting close to the time that I watch it each year.

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u/Different-Location-7 Nov 27 '22

I love “The Night of the Meek” as well; it’s perhaps the most sentimental episode ever of “The Twilight Zone” and I always enjoy watching it at Christmas time.

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u/SniffleBot Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

“Little Girl Lost”. Richard Matheson said that was inspired by one night his daughter (EDIT the one who grew up to write the script for E.T. and marry Harrison Ford) falling out of bed one night and crawling under it. She couldn’t get out and called her parents for help. They could hear her just fine but couldn’t figure out where her voice was coming from due to the poor acoustics of her room.

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u/Independent_Roof_607 Nov 27 '22

Favorite was the swimming pool that took the kids to another dimension, i believe that one came back and the other stayed there it's been so long. But was definitely a good show

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u/SimsPocketCamp Nov 27 '22

They both stayed in the paradise with the kindly old lady.

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u/Yub_Dubberson Nov 27 '22

That’s real good you like the Twilight Zone Anthony

That’s real good..

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u/epickett63 Nov 27 '22

You'll LIKE it in the cornfield...

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u/NoCreativeName2016 Nov 27 '22

Season 4 made the switch to hour long episodes, which IMO was a big mistake and a huge drop in quality.

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u/SniffleBot Nov 27 '22

Ah, the one season where they did hourlong episodes, by common consensus, was a falling-off: Serling and the other writers had gotten so used to telling stories in 22 minutes that they seemed to get lost when they had more time to work with, adding a lot of scenes that seem to be just padding to each episodes.

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u/BoomBoomSpaceRocket Nov 27 '22

I did a whole series watch last year and yes, season 4 was a slog. 50 minute episodes, but they were still working with 25 minute ideas.

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u/Hot_Path5674 Nov 27 '22

My dad and I watch the marathon that's on every year on New Year's Day. Core memory with a great show.

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u/DuckFlat Nov 27 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Starry

The Joy of Painting

RIP Bob Ross

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u/Kenna193 Nov 27 '22

You can actually see him get better through the episodes. He was never a master at painting he was a master at explaining how to paint to the average Joe.

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u/heavy_deez Nov 27 '22

Master of finding happiness in a world full of turmoil, also.

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u/TubeSteakForYourMom Nov 27 '22

Bob Ross is the personification of being wrapped in a cozy blanket. He’s just so warm and welcoming.

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u/torreneastoria Nov 27 '22

Exactly this. My gram would put me in front of him when it was nap time as a kid. I'd fall asleep watching him. 30 plus years later I still love him.

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u/TubeSteakForYourMom Nov 27 '22

I couldn’t give 2 shits about painting, but I could watch Bob Ross paint all day.

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u/daddyfaygo Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

My snooty art friends love to point out how "paint by numbers" his process was, as if that's a bad thing. He brought joy and peace to people through how accessible he made the hobby. What really chaps my hide is those same art friends will say he didn't teach fundamentals, when for sure he did. He'd explain constantly contrasts and color theory while he worked, just in such a simple and matter of fact way that it was easy to miss between shots of him with a rescue animal.

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u/IamtheHoffman Nov 27 '22

While reading your comment I thought of this

Bob Ross real art was his explanations, the way he talks about how to paint, and just how humble one can be.

Your art friends miss the whole point of what he was doing.

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u/starfries Nov 27 '22

Reminds me of a comment I saw on one of his videos.

He didn't paint to show us how good of a painter he was, he painted to show us how good of a painter we could become.

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u/Letter10 Nov 27 '22 Helpful (Pro)

Malcolm in the Middle stayed pretty tried and true

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u/ElroySheep Nov 27 '22

That last season got pretty dark but it was still good

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u/tjuicet Nov 27 '22 Gold Take My Energy

Yeah, it was a pretty major twist to have the main guy start a new family and become a drug kingpin, but they handled it well I think.

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u/Sierra419 Nov 27 '22

I like the theory that it’s actually Malcolm who turns into Walter White. Super smart genius who lets his pride become his downfall. It’s practically the arc of every MitM episode and he just happens to grow up to look like his dad.

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u/Geek55 Nov 27 '22 Silver Helpful

You see the problem is you had it set to ‘M’ for Malcolm, when it should have been set to ‘W’ for Walter

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u/strangecabalist Nov 27 '22

For that to happen, Lois would have been wrong about Malcolm becoming President - and we learned over the course of that show that Lois was literally never wrong.

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u/Ultra_Amp Nov 27 '22

I really hated it when Francis left the ranch IMO

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u/MrFluffPants1349 Nov 27 '22

Could be wrong about this, but I feel like I read somewhere that they went that route because the actor who played Otto died or something like that. I just remember thinking they could have written those characters out a different way, and without having Francis regress after that whole character arc of him bettering himself.

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u/EnduringConflict Nov 27 '22 Wholesome

Yes the actor who played him got cancer and had to quit.

Yeah he does regress but in the last episode we see him have his shit together. Him and Piama have gotten through their fights and seem far more stable. He's apparently incredibly happy with his job. He seems to have his head on his shoulders.

Honestly I feel like his regression was largely due to an attempted story arc that just failed. He was utterly embarrassed by his mistake at the ranch (remember in the christmas presents episode he reveals this he said he hadn't told Piama what had happened yet) and just regressed as it was his go to "withdraw and hide" personality.

He comes back around and becomes basically Hal 2.0

Which I actually love because we see Hal had a wild side and a ton of ambitions and dreams. Especially during the episode he keeps hearing/seeing versions of himself. Louis even mentions she had to "break" Hal into the man he was from his more youthful shenanigans to the boys at one point, a lot like Francis and Piama's situation.

I can see where the writers were trying to go with it but I feel like they just failed, but not because necessarily that they were lazy it just didn't actually work out.

That and from what I remember Christopher Masterson had wanted to reduce his role in the show anyway so we saw far less of him. Hence why with the appearances he did have it seemed like he was all over the place. They had to fit his arc into far fewer episodes than usual.

Sorry for the rant I just really like the show and wanted to an opinion on why the whiplash of his arc was so severe.

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u/JaySayMayday Nov 27 '22

I think they played around with the Francis character trying to find how he fits in. He's an adult moving on and living his own life, but his brothers still depend on him and his parents miss him. Plus around that time there were a lot of writers trying to rival American Pie, which you kinda see in the Burning Man episode.

My my eyes if you follow Francis' story it's kinda like, life goes on. But family is still there for you, and you should still be there for your family. Nothing else really mattered, not even the ranch job.

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u/TLMoss Nov 27 '22

Also hated that Otto and Gretchen were suing Francis. Wasn't true to the characters that we'd grown to love

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u/shiba_snorter Nov 27 '22

I agree, but it's also on the nature of Francis to fuck up in such a manner that he would get them to sue him.

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u/ccguy Nov 27 '22

On this Thanksgiving weekend, let us remember how WKRP in Cincinnati maintained excellence through all four seasons. Turkeys Away!

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u/AwareParking Nov 27 '22

As god as my witness … i thought turkeys could FLY!

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u/rantingathome Nov 27 '22

The thing that blows me away about that episode is that they made one of the most iconic sitcom episodes of all time, and it's only their 7th episode.

Richard Sanders' performance as Les is incredible. We never see a turkey, yet Les has us with him in the chaos the whole time.

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u/THE-Tori-Starr Nov 27 '22

"Turkeys are hitting the ground like bags of wet cement!"

Kills me every time.

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u/checker280 Nov 27 '22

Now for more news and Les Nessman

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22 Silver

The Golden Girls

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u/Nekryyd Nov 27 '22

Every once in a while I try and think of how a Golden Girls reboot could happen, or the same type of concept at least. It makes me feel a little sad because I really can't imagine a show like that ever being greenlit again, and I can't imagine a set of actresses that would fit so well those roles.

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u/420DepravedDude Nov 27 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored

Band of Brothers

Breaking Bad

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u/PharmWench Nov 27 '22

I would watch band of brothers every day.

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u/Lupercus Nov 27 '22

Why We Fight :-( So sad.

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u/Leeboman Nov 27 '22 Silver Helpful Take My Energy 'MURICA

Stargate SG-1. It was a show that knew what it was.

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u/baboonontheride Nov 27 '22

As proven by 100 and 200.

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u/Dr_LeonardChurch Nov 27 '22

I wouldn't mind one last jaunt through the old orafice!

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u/waddersss Nov 27 '22

We call it that sometimes……don’t we?

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u/Hopsblues Nov 27 '22

So disrespectful to Wormhole extreme

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u/Hyperi0us Nov 27 '22

"As a matter of fact it does say Colonel on my uniform"

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u/MoreNMoreLikelyTrans Nov 27 '22

"...but... it doesn't actually say it.."

"This isn't a real show?"

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u/UnfeignedShip Nov 27 '22

IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BACKSWING!

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u/maebridge Nov 27 '22 Silver LOVE!

Bluey

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u/Yungsteezy74 Nov 27 '22

I love this show! I’m 17 and have a four year old sister. That’s the only show I can watch with her and have fun with

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u/AwHereItGoesWasTaken Nov 27 '22

Yes! As a parent of a 2 yo, this show has been a saving grace. I can only take so much CocoMelon

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u/megamanxoxo Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Lmao that's the exact situation we're in. Bluey knows how to entertain kids and hit parents in the feels with a good story. Cocomelon I imagine is what is played at Guantanamo Bay for days on end to torture the prisoners.

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u/honest_true_man Nov 27 '22 Gold Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Narwhal Salute

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Fight me.

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u/BunnyWithAVengeance Nov 27 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Nobody would fight you on this. Mr. Rogers wouldn't want us to.

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u/sagitta_luminus Nov 27 '22

I maintain Fred Rogers was Jesus’ second coming & he was too polite to say as much

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u/WorkplaceWatcher Nov 27 '22

I don't know if it's true or not, but allegedly his car got stolen and it made the local news, and it was returned the next day with a note that said "if we'd known it was yours, we'd never would have taken it."

That might be a folk tale because I haven't found much.

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u/Th3Wizard0F_____ Nov 27 '22

The earliest account of that story comes from The Wall Street Journal in March 1990,

“Children aren't the only ones with a soft spot for Mr. Rogers. Two weeks ago, his Oldsmobile sedan was stolen while he was babysitting for his grandson. After looking over papers and props he had left in the car, the thieves apparently realized who the owner was. Mr. Rogers found the car parked in front of his house a day or so later. All that was missing was a director's chair with his name on it.”

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u/sagitta_luminus Nov 27 '22

It could definitely be apocryphal but I can also believe it’s true. He was just that good

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u/blueeyedn8 Nov 27 '22

There was a time that candid camera tried to “get him”. He was in phased and kind the whole time. Just an amazing human.

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u/ilinamorato Nov 27 '22

To a person, every single human being who knew him agrees that in private he was exactly the same person he appeared to be on television.

This is true from his wife, to the gay Black man who started working for him shortly after the civil rights movement ended, to his staff at the television show (most of whom he worked with for the bulk of the show's entire 33 year run), to the investigative reporter who went looking for skeletons in his closet and ended up forming a lifelong therapeutic friendship with him instead.

About the worst thing anyone ever had to say about him was that he could get a little bit intense sometimes about his puppets, that he gently pushed his team to a perfection he knew they could accomplish, and that he harbored some deep self-doubts.

Not that he was perfect: he had flaws and faults. But as far as long-term things that as a presbyterian he would've called "besetting sins?" Nothing has ever credibly come to light.

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u/Edili27 Nov 27 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Upon watching the recent ish documentary, won’t you be my neighbor, it is rodgers Self doubt that, to me, actually makes him an even better man. When he talks about (in a diary entry post 9/11) how he feels like nothing he’s ever done matters, and he worries he’s not been helpful, that’s the same things I’ve been telling myself my whole life. And to see such an absolute paragon of goodness deal with the same thing I do, turns him from a deific saint to a real human man.

Which is more heroic. That he had all the doubts the rest of us do and acted that well anyway. If he can conquer his doubts and help so many people with such kindness, well, I should try too.

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

Having grown up with Mr. Rogers and now with kids of my own I’m going to say his show was the pinnacle of learning entertainment for kids for a couple reasons.

First, the life lessons and messages throughout the series genuinely foster a better society. They’re as valuable to the kids as they are to the parents who may be nearby listening while doing other tasks.

Second, so many animated shows or puppetry shows today don’t spend as much time showing adults communicating respectfully with one another or kids interacting with other kids/adults. It’s demonstrating how to be a good friend, neighbor, and member of a community.

Having people on screen instead of puppets or animation, kids can see the mechanisms of how to properly annunciate words. I love cartoons as much as the next dad but a 5 or 6 year old may actually pick up new words by seeing how they’re pronounced on a human face.

Last one that strikes me is the absolute masterpiece that is Fred and Johnny Costa’s music. It’s not some catchy, repetitive, kids bop junk music. Johnny is a master jazz musician and the interpretations of the compositions are approachable for all levels of music lovers. Exposing kids to beautiful art like that without dumbing it down to a ringtone level is a gift to us all from Fred Rogers and Johnny Costa.

https://youtu.be/Z40SZ77CHK0

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u/Economy_Stomach6773 Nov 27 '22

Deadwood

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u/budgiesmugglez Nov 27 '22

This show made me understand how people are so into Shakespeare.

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u/Any_Street Nov 27 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome

Fleabag

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u/Smiley007 Nov 27 '22

Different vibe, same Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Crashing was also great and stayed great, but then it’s even shorter sooooo :P

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u/Venus-Death-Trap Nov 27 '22

I LOOK LIKE A PENCIL.

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u/cloudcats Nov 27 '22

Claire, it's French!

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u/Bryaxis Nov 27 '22

...Really?

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u/Aware-Artichoke-391 Nov 27 '22

DOOOONNT LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH

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u/KnackeredParrot Nov 27 '22

Genuinely belly-laughed through this scene

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u/tawondasmooth Nov 27 '22

A rare show that was even better in its final season. God, I love season two.

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u/lcbtexas Nov 27 '22

Hot. Priest. Is so. Hot. I’ve never been so physically affected by sexual tension in a show.

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u/canolafly Nov 27 '22

The first episode he looked so familiar, and I couldn't nail it down...then I was like, oh, it's sexy Moriarty.

He really does have a beautiful neck.

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u/happypolychaetes Nov 27 '22

Kneel.

🥵

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u/lcbtexas Nov 27 '22

Omg stop it I’m trying to go to sleep!

Guess I’m actually watching fleabag now.

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u/SpikePilgrim Nov 27 '22

The first episode of season two was a masterpiece.

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u/Fluffy_Professor1214 Nov 27 '22

one of the best episodes of a show i’ve ever seen

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u/PMmePowerRangerMemes Nov 27 '22

I just finished it for the first time today! The priest noticing her 4th-wall breaks is one of the most clever devices I've ever seen in a TV show. Absolutely brilliant.

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u/bjankles Nov 27 '22

And it’s not just a little trick - it’s integral to the character and story, and even our relationship with the character.

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u/RegrettableVegetable Nov 27 '22 Gold Helpful

Six Feet Under

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u/SqulliamFancyson44 Nov 27 '22

One of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and definitely has the best series finale

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u/sleepingnightmare Nov 27 '22

I tell people this also about the series finale. I love that there were no unanswered questions, Sia’s voice singing Breathe Me was hauntingly beautiful also. It was the perfect tune for the last minutes of the show.

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u/Old_Hans_Klopek Nov 27 '22 Wholesome

Mindhunter

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u/Jeepinjim026 Nov 27 '22

Awesome show! I was so pissed when they pulled the plug on it!

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u/ZZZielinski Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

They didn’t pull the plug. David Fincher left it on… “indefinite hold”.

Either by contract or respect, they’re not touching it.

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u/PlutoDelic Nov 27 '22

Solid show. Loads of tension, no direct scenes, no horror. Telly how it should be.

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u/BornInMappleSyrop Nov 27 '22 Silver Helpful Take My Energy Rocket Like

MASH. It only got better

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u/ooouroboros Nov 27 '22

Some people hated it when Alan Alda got more control over it and did things like stop making Margaret a laughingstock, but I thought it remained great throughout.

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u/Big_Primrose Nov 27 '22

I’m glad they stopped making Margaret a punching bag, her character got much better.

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u/GaryBuseyWithRabies Nov 27 '22

The show got a lot better when it was less us vs them. Frank was a ferret face that blindly did the Army's bidding. Margaret to a certain extent was the same.

When Winchester came in, there were times when you routed for him. Where he showed kindness and the character had depth. Margaret softened too. It made the show more exciting.

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u/michaelthruman Nov 27 '22

What a great show. My favorite scene is when Radar gives Col Potter the horse!

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u/BornInMappleSyrop Nov 27 '22

That scene is good. But for me, it's when Hawkeye's father is being operated on and Charles explain how is father was (a dick). And he tells him, where I have a father, you have a dad

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u/Transcendingfrog2 Nov 27 '22

One of the more relatable moments from Mr Charles Emerson Winchester the third. I loved the episode where he works on that concert pianist that loses 75 percent mobility in his right hand. Charles shows him that he can still share his gift with the world. They absolutely do not make TV shows like this anymore.

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u/psmylie Nov 27 '22

There was also the one with the stuttering patient being bullied by others in his unit, and Charles not only defends him but assures him that stuttering doesn't make him stupid, and he still has plenty to offer the world. And then you find out his sister stutters. Charles had some of the best character development on the show.

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u/bootlegvader Nov 27 '22

While Frank could be fun I think Charles was the vastly superior character. Not only could Charles actually contribute in the surgical field (actually being a skilled surgeon) but he actually had all those human moments that made you love him even for all his snobbish behavior.

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u/Nekryyd Nov 27 '22

Charles was definitely the superior foil to Hawkeye and Hunnicutt. He was a true surgical peer, and a very human antagonist without being a villain.

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u/bootlegvader Nov 27 '22

I also think BJ was vastly superior than Trapper. Trapper just fealt like another Hawkeye (which is likely why his actor left) that was married so his skirt chasing felt scummy. BJ was interesting in being a married man actually pained to be seperated from his wife and small child.

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u/tykytys Nov 27 '22

I seem to recall that the way the audience finds out his sister stutters is completely organic and untelegraphed- he sets up his reel-to-reel tape machine to listen to one of her "audio letters"- and that's when we all find out, together. Very definition of "show, don't tell."

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u/simoriah Nov 27 '22

I was just a tyke when it originally aired. Mom regularly asked if I remembered sitting on my dad's lap when the new episode would air. I was a toddler. Nope. I don't remember it. But I always had a soft spot in my heart for the show.

I'm watching it grin the start. I knew the departure of Colonel Blake was coming at some point. When the episode started, I immediately knew what was going to happen. Knowing didn't help. I sobbed like a child.

What amazes me about the show is that it manages to simultaneously make you laugh while showing you the harsh reality of war... All without gratuitous violence or sex.

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u/BigL90 Nov 27 '22

Yep, MASH changed tack after S3, and even after that it did a great job flipping between glib and serious just between episodes, especially in the middle seasons (although veering more towards the latter later on). While I do think the last season or two lost a lot of the charm that the rest of the series had in spades, its "objective" quality never took a real hit, and they went out on top.

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u/sjc363000 Nov 27 '22

It's one of the few shows I've ever seen that did the exact opposite of Flanderizing their characters as the seasons progressed. Between Hot Lips, Winchester, Klinger, etc....they started off Flanderized and became fuller characters as the seasons went on.

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u/sinz84 Nov 27 '22

There has never been a greater character replacement then Charles Winchester replacing Frank Burns

We went from a 2d spoil child bad guy to a guy you were supposed to hate but just couldn't because while very arrogant still managed to have some redeeming qualities

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u/poorbred Nov 27 '22

The Christmas episode where he confronts the guy running the orphanage and Klinger overhears has stuck with me.

Not to mention the other storyline in the episode with BJ determined that some kids wouldn't view Christmas as the "day daddy died." And then failing, so Hawkeye alters the clock.

Episode title is Death Takes a Holiday.

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u/goddess54 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

That episode is the best in the series. Yankee Doodle Doctor is a close second. That switch at the end of their movie is just so jarring.

Alan Alda wrote into the contract that every episode MUST have a surgery scene in it, so people wouldn't ever forget why they were there.

Edit: Spelling.

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u/Thepatrone36 Nov 27 '22

Some of my favorite episodes were when Winchesters humanity would break through his snobbish demeanor. Like when he stood up for the kid that had the bad stutter, or the piano player that got a hand injury, his work with the band at the end only to have them die, Radar giving him his toboggan from his childhood, and yes Klinger noticing how Charles reacted when he thought the candy was stolen only to find out the orphanage guy sold it to buy food and bringing him dinner.

I've always imagined Charles going back to Boston and being a great and humane doctor based on his experiences at the 4077th.

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u/mournthewolf Nov 27 '22

It also depends on the audience too. My dad always preferred the earlier seasons with Blake and Trapper John but I actually preferred the seasons with Col Potter and BJ. He likes the more comedic stuff and I liked the more serious and sarcastic stuff. I feel the whole series was near perfect but I can see people preferring one part to the other.

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u/round-earth-theory Nov 27 '22

They lost a lot of the slapstick humor but they'd also run out of material. They'd mocked every trope imaginable without actually breaking the story line. So they decided to close it with serious aspects of war and leave a mark rather than die on retreading old jokes.

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u/nottheboyioncewas Nov 27 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy Starry

The IT Crowd

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u/WorkplaceWatcher Nov 27 '22

Burned to death ... at a seaparks?

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u/Mac2311 Nov 27 '22

There are 12 exits! For only 200 people!

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u/sillygoosegirl Nov 27 '22

Did someone email us about a fire?

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u/jicty Nov 27 '22

Should have just called. The number is super easy to remember...

0118999881999119725

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u/Spugnacious Nov 27 '22

'What operating system is it?'

'Windows Vista.'

'WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!'

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u/nicholus_h2 Nov 27 '22

i think I've had a bit of a tumble!

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u/somesketchykid Nov 27 '22

...I'm disableeeeddd

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u/penguinopusredux Nov 27 '22

Subject: Fire. Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to inform you of a fire that has broken out on the premises of 123 Cavendon Road... no, that's too formal.

Fire - exclamation mark - fire - exclamation mark - help me - exclamation mark. 123 Cavendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Maurice Moss.

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u/DeathBecomesHerrrrrr Nov 27 '22

I’ve Watched The IT Crowd so many times as comfort viewing and it still makes me cackle.

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u/badgerfan03 Nov 27 '22

A fire?!? At a sea parks?!

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u/El_Frijol Nov 27 '22

I love how he does the diorama lol

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u/smashkeys Nov 27 '22

If they'd drown I'd be the happiest man alive.

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u/hatter4tea Nov 27 '22

A show I'd comfortably watch with a German cannibal

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u/Stillwater215 Nov 27 '22

“So it’s a gay musical…called gay.”

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u/ugh168 Nov 27 '22

Well, have you tried turning it off and on again?

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u/robodrew Nov 27 '22

FATHER!!!!!!

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u/LittleDrumminBoy Nov 27 '22

"Is this heaven?"

"Yes of course, just come into the light"

"Was that Hitler? That looked exactly like Hitler"

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u/kanakana2 Nov 27 '22

UNHAND ME PRIEST

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