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nothing even comes close to this for me, British or otherwise.
fucking AMAZING dialogue.
pt.1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BhLyIGDeJA
pt. 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDqJUiZMi0c
pt. 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREBoVl1VSY
pierced with fleting moments of personal drama.
it's weird how so many of the greats are set in the North-West, but ho hum.
I've never quite understood why people think The Germans is the best episode.
It's the one where he's twatting his car with a branch?
The Marine Biologist.
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE REAL FORZABORZA?!
any episode. especially training day
where mark ends up pissing in his boss' draw and they kick a dog to death
Recently the episode of Friday Night Dinner with the gran's boyfriend was amazing. One of the best ones I can remember watching. I know this is like when Robbie Williams was voted the greatest artist of all time in 2002 or something but still
it certainly had its moments
the office tim's birthday one
...and it is an absolute work of art. It really is. The construction of the story, the political and social commentary, several of the individual set-pieces (the coat mishap, the falling through the bar etc.) and the pay off at the end are all magnificent.
The extended running time Only Fools and Horses enjoyed in those days really made the difference. It's a benchmark of comedy writing and cleverness that has probably never been bettered.
And what's more, it's not even one of the top 5 Only Fools and Horses episodes. What a remarkable programme.
You won't get very far.
Tina Fey's much funnier, apparently.
In a post-Stewart Lee context, or if she was being entirely sincere.
I'm guessing the former, but I thought I'd give her the benefit of the doubt.
I just wanted to post about the episode really - I was bowled over by how good it was.
As you say, the extra running time gave the stories more depth and made it possible to run a narrative thread (Rodney meeting and marrying Casandra) through a whole series. Difficult to pick a single episode from that time: I do love the Christmas special when they go on the coach trip to Margate though.
They jumped the shark a few years later (Miami Twice - hmmm) and they never really recovered, despite running through Peckham dressed as Batman and Robin in the 'final' episode.
This first five minutes in particular should come with health warnings.
Is pretty brilliant.
Peep Show - Holiday (the stag do in Shropshire with the dog being eaten).
It's more slapstick than the other episodes, but it's still great
And the US Office where they go round to Michael and Jan's for dinner. "Your call babe".
probably my legit answer to this, give or take a Rock-A-Hula Ted
Eh-them-northerners-they-are-simple-aren't-they-that's-the-whole-of-the-joke at its very worst.
no offence, but you're an idiot.
Better luck next time.
It's okay not to like it, but to miss the point so badly makes you a bit of a tit.
I gave another episode a spin. Turns out I'm still right. You can see the "punchlines" and pathos coming with clodhopping certainty, had to switch off after fifteen minutes it was that tedious. I think my tastes have just become too refined for sitcom type comedy tbh. I can see the appeal to the brain dead or the extremely tired, but when you've got umpteen episodes of decent American drama to get through I can't be doing with it.
You've led a sheltered life and neither understand the humour nor the the nature of human relationships. It's fine, don't worry about it, just get back to your computer games and that.
It's a damn shame you can't channel some of that into acquiring some better tastes, because I know you're a decent sort really, although I doubt you'll ever manage to knock the neediness on the head unfortunately. Maybe one day you'll grow up and get to experience life outside of your self-imposed ghetto. Until that day know that I pray for you.
Has your mam shouted at you for not tidying your room again?
The series has maybe not aged brilliantly but this classic where they travel to appear on University Challenge is brilliant.
Do you know, I think you're right. Think that's one of the most watched sitcom episodes I've ever watched.
Was going to try for the Friends Thanksgiving episode with Christina Applegate, the retreat episode of the last series of The Thick of It or the Chinese Restaurant episode of Seinfeld (not seen enough of the latter though). The episode of MASH where they declare Rosie's Bar as an neutral independent state is great to, it's not die laughing funny but great in its own way.
ctrl+f Compo driving down the road in a bath
and other than some Fawlty Towers ones I couldn't name any episodes.
Is there something wrong with me?
Although there's about 3 episodes of Spaced that are close to perfect.
Namely, the one with the scene at the poker table when Larry David calls someone a cunt.
Quite like Early Doors. It's got such charm.
The paintball one.
Either the Little Kicks or the episode where George is a bad man.
I'M A BAD MAN JERRY
the office - staff training episode
the thick of it - the rise of the nutters
blackadder III - the one where baldricks an MP
father ted - xmas special
alan partridge - dantes fires
Flight of the Conchords - the Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor one
Spaced - the one where they have the pretend shootout
not really my thing.
Curb - The Doll episode
The Office - Training day
Blackadder - The one where he has to write the dictionary
Phoenix Nights - Where Jerry has to pretend to have cancer
Peep Show - Mark's friend is a racist
Eastbound - Where he turns up at the school disco
Only Fools - Groovy Gang
I mean I could go on.
You're not really a dialogue sort of guy. Nowt wrong with that.
asking people if they like circuses for 5 minutes and punchlines you can see coming a mile off.
the fact you said it was the best sitcom episode ever meant I was going to try not to like it regardless of what it was (pretty pretty of me).
Plus I only watched 9 minutes of an episode in the middle of a series so had no idea who the characters were or other storylines etc. I might check out the other earlier episodes to see if I like it.
I can understand why you might not be able to relate to the characters given you're a professional Southerner, etc.
For me, though, that's never been a thing. I love Only Fools, Steptoe, erm...Desmond's, etc. The fact that they were set at the other end of the country's never bothered me in the slightest.
me writing off a sitcom from watching 9 minutes probably isn't wise.
One of my all time top comedic observations.
When I meet mine, we greet each other with another Fools & Horses exchange from Dates;
> I said 'Alright!?'
My Sister and I have lots. It's all she's good for, really.
the last five minutes of it in fact
Baldrick: So, you're asking where the big papery thing tied up with string belonging to the baity fellow in the black coat who just left is?
Blackadder: Yes, Baldrick. I am. And if you don't answer, then the booted bony thing with five toes at the end of my leg will soon connect sharply with soft, dangly collection of objects in your trousers. Now for the last time, Baldrick, where is Dr. Johnson's manuscript?
Baldrick: On the fire.
Blackadder: On the what?!
Baldrick: The hot, orangey thing under the stony mantelpiece.
It's an absolute masterpiece.
Second haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas to be Fools and Horses. But which one? It's like picking between your children. I've long loved the ending of A Losing Streak *Anyway Boycie, I knew you was cheating* *Oh yeeeeah, how?* *Those weren't the cards I dealt you*. Or Little Problems where Del takes a beating off the Driscoll brothers to pay for Rodney's flat. But watching on first broadcast the one with Tony Angelino is probably the most I've ever laughed at anything.
Please Welease Me, Congwatulations and The Gween Gween Gwass of Home (''And that was followed by a medley of wock and woll!'')
We got some half priced
Bottom - Burglar
Father Ted - The Passion of St Barnabus
Blackadder - Potato
Arrested Development - Afternoon delight
So many components to this episode are absolutely amazing. The big set-piece at the end with the car slipping on the banana skin and becoming a giant claw-grabber game is so mental when viewed in isolation but everything is put in place so perfectly for it to make sense. You feel like they must have started writing with that scene and worked backwards to be able to make it work. Then you've got GOB's increasingly expensive suit, the uncomfortable karaoke moments, the Big Yellow Joint recurring song, maybe I'll put it in her brownie, Buster winning the seal to foreshadow the hand-loss. It's just perfect tv.
Seinfeld - The Parking Garage
I know this is an obvious choice and there are funnier episodes but it's my favourite as an introduction to what makes Seinfeld so great. Humour in the absolute inane, story-arcs that should be way too slight to keep you interested but it all working thanks to how perfectly drawn and performed the characters are. The fact that the ending with the car not starting was never intended makes it all the better as well, I love that you can see them breaking character for that split second.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Doll
Another one where everything is plotted so perfectly, not a wasted scene in the whole thing and features every individual aspect of why Curb is amazing (except Leon). Larry's ridiculous overacting, Suzie losing her shit, daft schemes, unfortunate coincidences and everything escalating to a brilliant climax.
Louie - Barney/Never
Again, an episode which perfectly encapsulates everything the show is about. It's dark, surreal in places, unpredictable but absolutely hilarious. The second half in particular made me laugh so much on the first viewing but made me really sad the second time around. It's a difficult show to explain why it's so good to people who haven't seen it because on paper it shouldn't be as good as it is and in the hands of anyone other than Louis CK it couldn't possibly work. I love it when shows of any genre give you an insight as to it's creator and Louie is the best example of that there is. It's the innermost thoughts of a man poured onto a screen verbatim.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack
The episode of this show which features the funniest scenes. It's as simple as that. Anyone that can watch the joint job interview, the gym scene, Frank doing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Charlie's mailroom meltdown with a straight face is beyond help.
Christ, tl;dr sorry everyone
some Curb episodes are okay.
the odd Office one.
the rest, not so much.
i watched two episodes of 30 Rock recently and didn't laugh once. Siimilar story with It's Always Sunny... and Arrested Development.
not gonna get into the luddite obvious vs subtle humour stuff, as that's obviously silly, but just something about the delivery. I see gags coming a lot more when American people are delivering the punchlines.
(kinda liked Veep, though).
I think in the last decade or so, the best US shows have absolutely destroyed the UK equivalents though.
Of what I've seen so far either The Nightman cometh, Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life or KITTEN MITTENS
I think a lot of it might have gone over my head in terms of references though.
Namely, Mr F. The Molezilla one. Nails absolutely everything.
And similar to Afternoon Delight in that I think they must've started with the ending set-piece and worked backwards in order to make it feasible. Big fan of any episode with Funkhauser as the surrogate as well.
Scrubs episode with Brendan Fraser ( When he comes backs from holiday with a camera)
Don't ruin the brilliant movie twist at the end.
Also, come great funny lines ( 'Shower shorts: for the man who has nothing to hide, but wants to anyway')
Jen gets invited out on a date to the theatre by a guy Moss and Roy suspect is gay and they manage to invite themselves along. I don't want to say any more in case it ruins it for people.
this episode has so many incredible moments. the bit in the bar after the show is genius
but I don't think och means anything
Who deals with the bulk of my admin
It's Always Sunny- The Nightman Cometh
The Simpsons- Marge Vs The Monorail
Darkplace- Hell Hath Fury
Father Ted- Speed 3
(and probably something from the Thick of It)
Is there a chance the track could bend?
Not on your life, my Hindu friend
more importantly the ones that had Pop or the two video store guys in it a lot.
is that a quote from another thing?
or an in-joke we're never meant to know about?
series 5 episode 2