I grew up in a household that appreciated classic TV, and it’s sad to see a lot of my favorite shows losing steam with my own generation just because my peers never have the chance to watch them; how can you when The Jersey Shore is TWO HOURS LONG? So here’s my attempt to bring them back, by comparing them with today’s hit shows that you may already be into:
If you like Sex and the City, watch Golden Girls. It’s the original foursome, and frankly a lot funnier. Sure, you may not get a glimpse of a penis, but you’ll get 50 jokes from Sophia about how much Blanche loves ‘em. It’s the sex of Sex and the City mixed with Medicare. And Betty White!
If you like Saturday Night Live, watch Soap. It’s a soap opera. Sort of. It’s a four season-long sketch parodying daytime soaps, and it’s genius. Evil twins, fake deaths, alien abductions; pretty much any corny soap opera plot is thrown in here, accompanied by a young Billy Crystal as the openly gay son of the rich family.
If you like The Office (specifically Michael Scott), then watch Get Smart. You might remember Steve Carell playing the main character in a (poor) big screen adaptation of this spy comedy. It’s about Maxwell Smart, a dense and often moronic secret agent who manages to catch the bad guy, unaware of how many times he foiled his own plan along the way (Get it? Get Smart. Like, “Go get that Smart guy he’s ruining my evil plan!” and “You’re an idiot, get smart!” Ahh, chuckles). If Mel Brooks directed a James Bond film, this would be it.
If you like Modern Family, and specifically what the show does for all types of blended families in America, then watch All in the Family. It’s a 1970’s sitcom centered around Archie Bunker, a politically conservative, prejudice, stubborn, outspoken bigot; and his quirky family. What made All in the Family the highest rated show of the decade is that it pushed boundaries. While Archie may be stubborn in his views, his character tries to adapt to the changing world and it turns out he’s a decent man. Really moving, really controversial, and really funny.
- Taylor Kowalski