's death reminds me of something else that recently passed away... the sitcom.
"Hi honey, I'm home... " just doesn't cut it for today's audience.
Everybody Loves Raymond
is probably the last classic.
But don't mistake the death of the traditional sitcom for the death of comedy on television. Great comedy is alive and kicking.... The only problem is getting an audience to tune in regularly if it's not three cameras and has a laugh track.
had brilliant acting, excellent writing, a good time slot and the Emmy for best comedy. It had everything except an audience. Why?
had been on HBO, would it be a glorified hit (a la
Curb Your Enthusiasm
) because ratings didn't matter? You bet it would.
. It has stellar acting and writing, the Emmy for best comedy, and it's an unconventional show. Unfortunately, the other thing it has in common with the former Fox comedy is its ratings (or lack thereof).
NBC airs four comedies worth watching on Thursdays -
My Name Is Earl
. None of them is
The Cosby Show
, but who knows how those classics would fare with today's fickle audience?
Sitcoms may be gone, but comedy is alive and kicking Thursdays on NBC. It's nice to have the laughs back once again.