Media Update 6/30/2016


The IT Crowd

I had no idea what to expect when I started to watch this but it came recommended by Harmontown and I wanted to check out an English sitcom. I have not seen too many British sitcoms and it seemed like a neat way to round out this week’s theme. I knew I was in the right place when one of the first lines was “Hello, IT Department. Have you tried turning it off and on?” in a brash English accent. There is a lot of absurdist humor in it and everything is exaggerated and both confusing and hilarious. This should not have been a surprise as there are plenty of people in it who were in The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi. Katherine Parkinson plays the new manager to two IT guys (Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade) in the basement of a big company. Everybody in the company dumps all over them but they manage to send enough trouble back upstairs. Most of the humor comes from Roy trying to avoid work, Moss being clueless and Jen trying to get ahead. The show feels like what you would get if you tossed Community, Absolutely Fabulous and Garth Marenghi into a meat grinder. This was definitely the most enjoyable sitcom that I watched this week. It certainly helps that I love the particular accents and absurd characters on parade. Definitely, check this out if you have the time because I had a lot of fun and I will watch every episode.

 


Arrested Development

So I had heard a lot about this show but I hesitated to watch it because I felt that sitcoms were pretty much dead to me after I realized that a lot of the ones I had seen were bad. I figured I was pretty much done with the genre. Besides, there is still a part of me that was born in my teen years that hates anything that is super popular unless it’s part of my fandom. As part of this week’s theme, I decided to just get over myself and watch some sitcoms to see what I was missing. After all, I enjoyed Parks and Recreation and that was a super popular sitcom (sort of). Sitcoms have kind of evolved lately anyway. Anyway, I watched seven episodes to check out what all the fuss was about. First off, the show is packed full to the brim with some of the biggest names in comedy. David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Walters just to name a few. I really only have one problem with this show so far and that is Michael Cera. He’s an ok actor but he was a lot younger here and his whininess is in full effect and he’s not playing to his strengths. The show took a little while to grow on me as the cast of characters are not likable people. Eventually, this was more like Always Sunny than Seinfeld but it’s a little annoying at first. Once you get into the rhythm, the show is a lot funnier and the main cast just gets better as the show keeps going. The guest stars are ridiculous too as I was astonished how many they got just in their first year. I recommend checking it out but I do not know how long I’ll stick with it.

 


Modern Family

I have seen this show more times by accident than on purpose. Because I watch Monday Night Raw (and sometimes Smackdown), I watch the USA channel a lot. I also watch a lot of Law and Order SVU while studying but that’s neither here nor there. So I have ended up watching a startling amount of episodes of this show just while waiting for something else to start or because I was too lazy to change the channel. At first, I was curious because the show was enormously popular at one point. After that, I was a little bit drawn into the character arcs and some of the actors themselves. However, let’s get something out of the way. I am definitely not a fan of Sofia Vergara. I think of her as the new Fran Drescher. She has an annoying voice and her character is one note both literally and figuratively. That being said, the show works despite her. Like most sitcoms, some characters are smart and some are really stupid and sometimes people switch roles. Most of the characters are fun and interesting but they often drift into being caricatures of themselves instead of more complex characters. It’s not a bad way to pass the time and it does depict the kind of family that you might not always like but you have to stick with regardless.

Music of the Week:
The Church – The Unguarded Moment
Alice Cooper – The Ballad of Dwight Fry
Iko, Iko – the Dixie Cups
Ra Ra Riot – Absolutely
M.O.P. – Ante Up

Weekly Updates:
– I started watching Person of Interest Season 3. It’s still great.
– I watched yet more Seven Deadly Sins and it just gets better
– Battening down the hatches for family visiting next week
– I have added so many things to my Netflix queue
– I am trying to organize my mom’s DVD collection. So many!
– I may be borrowing some of them…
– I want to see Finding Dory! (and also Zootopia)
– This week’s theme is “Modern Sitcoms”

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