This is the spot where I usually recap the NBC show Parenthood. This week was a re-run however, and while it was a good one, I don’t need to write about it. Instead, in thinking about the one other show I watched last night (my toddler had plans that didn’t include Glee or Raising Hope, but so it goes), I thought I’d go off on a sitcom tangent.
Fox now has the new show Traffic Light poised right after Raising Hope. Traffic Light focuses on three college friends who are at different points of their personal life — one’s married with a kid, one’s living with his girlfriend, one’s perpetually the single playboy. No, no, I’m not talking about Rules of Engagement, the CBS sitcom starring David Spade. I mean, yes, that show too focuses on a married couple, an engaged couple and a single guy. But it’s not the same show. And no, I’m not talking about the ABC sitcom, Better Together, featuring sisters (one of whom is married, the other of whom is engaged & pregnant) and their married parents.
Rules of Engagement has the best chance for a future, being the first on the scene (since February 2007) and being fueled by David Spade and Patrick Warburton; the show is funny. Usually a quiet funny, poking fun at marriage, or the unmarried’s lack of knowledge about the institution. There are some seriously funny lines, and there’s an age difference between the married couple and the engaged couple.
The other two shows, quite frankly, leave me indifferent. I’m not sure of anyone’s name. There is no theme music that jumps out at me and says, “Yes! It’s this show! With these people!”
Of course, it could be because I am constantly comparing today’s sitcoms to my two favorite sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld and Friends. Both of those shows were able to combine physical comedy with witty one-liners that have made television sitcom history. Don’t believe me? Just search on YouTube for “best Friends moments” or “best Seinfeld moments” and you’ll see what I mean.