have become an integral part of American television culture. Back in the days
before Comcast On-Demand, Netflix, Tevo and the like, we would anxiously
wait for the new episode of Rosanne, or gather with friends to watch,
well, Friends. Many of us grew up with our evening TV watching built
around the family’s favorite sitcoms.
before Homer, Al Bundy and Peter Griffin, Fred Flintstone forged the way for
the average working guy character and prime time animation. The
Flintstones was modeled after the popular Honeymooners sitcom and appealed
to adults as well alike, but for different reasons. Being the first primetime
animated sitcom makes The Flintstones wildly influential.
is really nothing this boundary pushing show didn’t touch upon. Nothing was off
limits to Rosanne Barr and nothing was too taboo, in fact the show thrived on
it. But the magic was that it reflected the lives of many of the audience. The
stories were rife with realistic and easily relatable topics; work, taxes and
death to name a few.
of the Show-about-nothing genre, Jerry Seinfeld and co-creator, Larry David
crafted one of the most popular sitcom. TV Guide named it The Best
TV Show of All Time, in 2002 and though you may or may not agree, one thing is
for sure: Seinfeld had an impact on pop culture. Never had a TV show
wriggled it’s influences into the mainstream like Seinfeld. People refer
to unbelievable circumstances in their lives as “Seinfeld” moments. And many
memorable quotes and phrases from the show have weaseled their way into casual
longest running American sitcom, the longest running American animated show and
the longest running American primetime scripted television show. The
Simpsons took the genre to new heights. The Simpsons did what
many modern sitcoms were doing; it was easy to relate to and often reflected daily
life of the average family. But The Simpsons upped the ante more than a
few chips. The Simpsons flipped the formula and had us laughing at
ourselves and usually without us knowing it. D’oh!
We have a rich and hilarious history of television worth watching over and over. With today’s technology allowing us to pick and choose what we want to watch, even full seasons of shows, watching a classic sitcom has never been easier. Gather the family and fire up the sitcoms.