Reply 220 of 262, by Meatball
Shponglefan wrote on 2022-08-03, 21:24:chris2021 wrote on 2022-08-01, 19:45:
I do maintain that at the time, nothing was as funny prior or even after Seinfeld. I am a huge fan of the Office, P & R, Community, and Scrubs. I think each have their merits.
It's probably the "Seinfeld is unfunny" effect. A lot of Seinfeld's humor was highly topical to the 90's era, and that doesn't translate as well to more recent decades. The other problem is that the show's style of humor was also copied a lot. It was innovative for the time, but now seems blasé for anyone who didn't grow up with it.
Plus, and this happens with every single show I rewatch from times of yore, there's NO WAY you could get away with making the jokes made back then... From "All in the Family" or "Sanford & Son" to you name it.
It's all milquetoast now with viewers just itching to fly off the handle, which there is still a very funny "Seinfeld" episode about this and is very topical for today. I think "Curb your Enthusiasm" is the last man standing, but I haven't watched any of it since Season 8 or 9... I can't remember. It's not a show that I have had the urge to rewatch, either.
Being able to laugh at yourself is a rare quality today, or at least seems this way.
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