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Sitcoms where the characters get to progress toward their goals?

A common plot device used in sitcoms is that the main characters repeatedly try and fail to achieve their goals. But what are some sitcoms where the characters make significant progress and that's what drives the plot forward? (Other than Parks and Rec, which I love.) [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Nov 25, 2016 - 34 answers

Sarcasm in sketch comedy?

I'm half remembering a comedy sketch, or possibly part of a sitcom but can't remember who it is or the final punchline! The set up is that person A is being increasingly sarcastic but person b doesn't recognise it as such and takes what they are saying as a straight answer. Im pretty sure it's British and Google has turned up a Monty Python sketch or the Big Bang theory (neither of which is what I'm remembering) Thanks Metafilter!
posted by threetwentytwo on Sep 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Sitcom where a woman dumps a guy for talking to her in the bathroom?

I saw an episode of a tv show once where a woman is weirded out because she thinks her new boyfriend is talking to her on the phone from the toilet. She tests it out by asking to use his phone and going to the bathroom. The punchline is something to the effect of "Oh, I only have one phone, but the cord is so long I can use it anywhere." What sitcom am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

oh no. i screwed up.

In true sitcom-character form, I've gotten myself in a situation. I promised weird and exciting Christmas presents for work people by accident. I was half-bluffing half-joking, but now it has been taken seriously, and I didn't kill it soon enough, so now it is too late. And I need to deliver. By tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Dec 23, 2014 - 50 answers

...and then he did the raccoon-in-my-pants dance.

What show from the late '80s or early '90s had a clown announce, "Hey, everybody! I've got a raccoon in my pants!"? [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Jul 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Why did 30 Rock drop so many storylines between Seasons 3 and 4?

I've been re-watching 30 Rock on Netflix this week, and I realized there were major story lines season 3 that seem to have been unapologetically dropped at the start of season 4. For instance, season 3 ends with a television event to find Milton Green a kidney...and, apart from a later mention of Elvis Costello, this major storyline is never mentioned again. Similarly, Jenna is focused on her movie about Jackie Jormp Jomp, but this subplot never re-emerges. Is there a reason?
posted by jefficator on Jul 16, 2014 - 3 answers

British sitcom with a guy afraid to leave the apartment?

British sitcom. Probably from the 90s. Two guys and one girl sharing an apartment, one of the guys was afraid to leave the apartment (suffered from agoraphobia). Anyone knows the title?
posted by dfreire on Jun 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me Replace 'Raising Hope'!

My wife and I watch 4 shows together, Raising Hope, Cougar Town, Archer and Girls. Of the four shows, she is more into Girls than I am (although I love the show) and I am more into Archer than she is (she isn't a first language English speaker and they speak fast, plus references that are impossible for her to understand) but we both love Raising Hope and Cougar Town equally. The problem is that Raising Hope is no more and Cougar Town will likely not continue. What can we watch together? I think we are generally looking for a fairly light comedy with some kind of buddy/family elements. Generally more recent shows preferred, but they don't have to be totally current. Thanks!
posted by Literaryhero on Apr 13, 2014 - 29 answers

What Game Was That?

Once upon a time ago, I heard about a roleplaying game, possibly table top, but instead of more common subject matter it was about roleplaying a tv show or sitcom. Not a particular show, one that you were making up as part of the game. I believe I saw it on the blue, but I'm not sure. If I did, I think it was just in the comments. I believe I looked it up and the price point was something like $18, That could be misremembered, so discard that if you think you know it but the price would exclude it. Based on my memory, the genre would probably be humor. That is all I can remember.
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jan 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Happy sad show recommendations?

I recently discovered the TV show Go On and liked it. I am wondering if you guys know of any other show (or movie) that has the same feel? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Apr 4, 2013 - 22 answers

Early 1980s sitcom about a TV station in a house

Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Lots of hugging, lots of dancing, etc etc

Many mainstream US sitcoms often seem to have a very sentimental moment five/ten minutes before the end. This is rarely the case in UK sitcoms and as a UK viewer seems very much an American thing. When did this become a convention and why? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 14, 2012 - 51 answers

What was this weird sitcom that I saw part of while at the gym?

I saw a brief snippet of a sitcom while at the gym. It involved some very tame sexy playtime that surprised me. Can you help me identify what show it was? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jan 31, 2012 - 10 answers


Can you direct me to genuinely funny comedic soft-core or hard-core pornographies? Along the lines of naked sitcoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 - 23 answers

So no one told you life was gonna be this way...

Please recommend mindlessly relaxing American sitcoms to me along the lines of How I Met Your Mother, Community, New Girl, Happy Endings etc. I'm currently under massive amounts of stress and these are the only things that help me relax. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 20, 2012 - 65 answers

The Facts Of Life

Was this really the plot line of a "Facts Of Life" episode, or am I misremembering? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Why did Cheers change recording technology?

The old sitcom Cheers - what technology changed the camera when Woody arrived? [more inside]
posted by krisak on Aug 5, 2011 - 9 answers

What Do You Wish Sitcom Producers Knew?

In order to create an original show, I turn now to the Hive Mind. Please share with me your preferences and help me find the common threads and elements linking the best sitcoms to ever be broadcast! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jul 15, 2011 - 27 answers

What sitcom had a plotline about chili with cocoa powder in it being a surprise hit at a chili cookoff?

What Sitcom Am I Describing: Someone works hard on a chili recipe for a chili cook-off contest. Either accidentally or on purpose, Another Person puts a lot of cocoa powder into the chili right before the chili gets whisked off to the chili contest. Expecting that Someone will lose, Another Person is surprised to hear that the chili with cocoa powder was a big hit with the judges. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Jun 13, 2011 - 7 answers

trailer park boys movie versus series

Where does the Trailer Park Boys movie fit in with the series? [more inside]
posted by yesster on May 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Trashy TV for you and me

Please recommend to me some terrifically trashy guilty pleasure TV shows -- but not reality shows! -- that I can watch over the next few months. The shows can be currently airing on TV (preferred), online on a legit streaming website (Hulu, etc.), or on Netflix Instant Streaming. I'm thinking something along the lines of "Gossip Girl" or the new 90210 series or "Pretty Little Liars", none of which I have ever seen. What else is out there right now that's good -- which is to say, entertainingly bad -- that I can get into quickly? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jan 4, 2011 - 55 answers

"He said I had a furry face. That can't be a good thing, can it?"

Please help me find more comedies to fill the spectacular void that Green Wing has left in my TV viewing. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Please help me figure out which incredibly clever British sitcom this is!

Please help me figure out which incredibly clever British sitcom this is! [more inside]
posted by staveitoff123 on Sep 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Who will send me TV listings like the ones in TV Guide?

I want an e-mail or RSS update that tells me all the shows I want to watch that day and give me a brief synopsis of said episode. Is there anything like this out there? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 10, 2009 - 2 answers

Why in (nearly) every sitcom nominally about some kind of "nuclear" family do the children consist of an younger brother and older sister?

Why in (nearly) every sitcom nominally about some kind of "nuclear" family do the children consist of an younger brother and older sister? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 6, 2009 - 23 answers

Sit Ubu, sit. (or: Help me be in a Live Studio Audience.)

What sitcoms still film in front of an audience? Bonus points for NYC. [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Nov 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Unaired episodes of Out of Practice?

Can you help me find the un-aired episodes of the short-lived sitcom Out of Practice? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on May 9, 2008 - 1 answer

Where'd Luanne's baby go?

What happened with Luanne's pregnancy on King of the Hill? [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on Dec 10, 2007 - 4 answers

Sitcom with an infected pierced ear?

My roommate and I are going insane trying to think of a sitcom (or possibly movie) we watched a few months ago where a male character gets a pierced ear, and it becomes grotesquely infected and swollen. The sitcom was likely single camera, and, if we remember correctly, fairly contemporary. It's equally likely to be British or American. Our first guess was Arrested Development, but it looks like that isn't the case. Your assistance will likely save us ours of frustration. Thanks!
posted by incomple on Apr 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Secret Apple Pie Recipe

TV Trivia question - what sitcom was this? Thanksgiving episode, frustrated wife & her mother-in-law's 'Secret Apple Pie Recipe'. [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Jul 25, 2006 - 12 answers

90s sitcom about college faculty on NBC

Name that sitcom: I vaguely remember seeing a sitcom about a college or university faculty, where a new lecturer arrives (teaching english lit?) and tries to get to grips with the job. He had long curly dark hair. I think the theme tune was the Eels' Novocaine for the soul, but given how easily googleable that should make it (which it isn't), I might be wrong on that. It was aired somewhere in the middle of the nineties on NBC, though it was NBC in europe, parts of which differ from the US NBC broadcast, so it might not have been on in the US at that time. [more inside]
posted by fvw on May 25, 2006 - 5 answers

Anyone remember a sitcom named Whoops?

Does anyone remember a sitcom named Whoops? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Apr 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Pitching a sitcom

How would I go about pitching a sitcom to the BBC?
posted by jimmy on Mar 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Best Simpsons episode?

Please help me identify the apotheosis of Simpsons episodes. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Dec 14, 2005 - 81 answers

This is the crap FOX would run in the afternoons

Name that show: late 70's or early 80's sitcom set in a lounge at the top of a hotel. [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Nov 11, 2005 - 12 answers

Home-based catering business sitcom is...

I'm trying to remember a sitcom in which midway through its life, or perhaps towards the end, one of the main characters (a housewife) starts a home-based catering business. What sitcom was it?
posted by swift on Oct 1, 2004 - 20 answers


I was reading the CNN.com article on the last Friend's episode and the last part about the "Cheers" live showing on The Tonight Show caught my attention. After reading some usenet articles, I found out that for some reason the entire Cheers' cast was at a bar getting smashed on the air. Jay Leno apparently hated it, and so did most commenters on usenet; except for a few that thought it was hilarious. So my question is thus, what happened on that show? Can anyone recall the antics? Kelsey Grammer drunk? I also heard that everyone except Sen. John Kerry was trashed. I have no idea what the atmosphere was but it would be neat to see Kerry at a bar interacting without everything being finely combed. Which leads me to question two, has anything like this happened before? The idea of celebrities/politicians being real and candid (albeit through alcohol, in vino veritas) is interesting, though it appears from the usenet post, being sloshed and "real" is taboo.
posted by geoff. on May 7, 2004 - 17 answers

What does a TV producer actually do?

I understand that in movies, the title of Producer is mostly about providing or arranging the financing & talent for a project. How about for a sitcom? If you watch Friends, there's around a half-dozen producers of varying stripes listed in the credits. What's the role of a producer in the context of an episode of a TV series?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Apr 27, 2004 - 8 answers

"Dinosaurs" show

Does anyone remember the last episode of that old ABC show Dinosaurs (you know, with the puppets?) Something just triggered some strange memory of the last episode and I seem to remember all the characters kicking the bucket (even the baby). Is that what happened? Is there a detailed synopsis of this episode somewhere on the web? Tvtome doesnt have it to much detail. It was called "Changing Nature," i believe.
posted by Slimemonster on Apr 14, 2004 - 17 answers

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