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Enjoy it before it’s replaced with Family Guy reruns.
You don’t like Family Guy?
I don’t, but that’s beside the point. It’s a reference to FOX dropping good new shows in favor of reruns of old shows.
This looks like a good place for a tangent!
Personally, I found Family Guy funny for the first couple of seasons…but the problem with an exclusively-gag-driven show is that it’s only funny until you run out of funny gags.
At first, the gags in Family Guy worked in part because they were unexpected, a break from the norm. You laughed because you didn’t expect them to make that reference, or to go in that direction. But after you come to expect the unexpected, it loses its magic. And the gags are ALL Family Guy has to offer, so when they’re not funny or surprising, the show’s not entertaining.
Contrast with, say, The Muppet Show, which is on my mind because I’ve been rewatching the first season recently. While it’s certainly known for its gags and puns, the heart of the show was the character relationships. The back-and-forth between Kermit and Piggy, Fozzie and Statler/Waldorf, Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, and so on provided comic gold long after a visual pun about a fork in the road lost its luster. (Sadly, these character relationships are often ignored/misunderstood by the writers of more recent Muppet projects.)
I concur on both counts. Family Guy is a fun show, it just makes me tired now.
As for Muppet Show, as a kid I just thought it was hilarious. Recently rewatching the first few seasons, I realized it’s all about the characters (and immeasurable artistry and creativity).
And now you don’t think it’s hilarious?
It’s fun, but for the most part the jokes are intentionally bad. Lousy puns, mostly.
Oh, and as for the comic itself…I’d actually watch that show, if only for the episode where Dr. Zoidberg and Sam Weir have to share a room.
Zoidberg! Totally should have included him.
I like Family Guy, but not the barrage of reruns. Also, I don’t see why MST 3000 can’t be successful online, especially since I think it would work better at 10-20 minute webisodes. Love today’s comic, btw.
Thanks, Unept! Your blog and cartoons are funny.
I think that technically speaking MST could come back right now to great success on any platform. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s likely due to issues between Cinematic Titanic/Rifftrax/Jim Mallon. It’s not that they all hate each other, but they don’t quite see eye to eye. (That’s my impression, anyway.)
I get Crow, (obviously), but who are the other two characters?
On the left is wanna-be magician G.O.B. Bluth from Arrested Development, and on the right is swashbuckling Captain Mal Reynolds from Firefly.
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