It All Comes Back To The Simpsons

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

"Back Then, We Television Producers Was Just Jerks In Suits, Nothing At All Like These Days."

Damn YouTube won’t let me embed this video, so’s you’ll have to follow the link to see the footage of quite possibly the smartest TV producer in the world. Frankly, if there were more producers like this guy, I think we'd all be better off.

Has it ever struck you, dear reader, what a sucky medium television is? It has such promise and potential, yet shows like Twin Peaks and Arrested Development are repeatedly cancelled while shows like Yes, Dear and Full House go on and on. And yes, I am aware that David Lynch was just making it up as he was going along, but that only underscores my point....most shows are developed, produced, and written by idiots for idiots.

I had to put up with the whole dumbing down process throughout my entire childhood in the public education system, and when I turned, all pimply-faced and adolescent-angst-ridden, to television to escape that reality, I got Who's the Boss?. Aargh!!! The only thing worse than Tony Danza is Tony Danza whining, "Annnnggeeelllaaaa!"

I used to watch quite a bit of TV. It was just sort of a conditioned response: come home from work, plop down on the couch, grab the remote, manipulate the remote while repeatedly pushing the power button because the damn batteries are weak, and bask in TV's warm, glowing, glowing warmth. Lately, however, I've not been watching it at all, and I can't say that I really miss it. I'm now able to do much more productive things, like watch stupid videos on YouTube, for example.

So hows about it: what is your alternative to television's bottomless chum-bucket? What's the best show that's been cancelled; or the worst show that hasn't been? And have you seen my remote? I can't find the f%*#ing little thing anywhere!


  • I've been growing into more of a tv junkie recently (I do blame "Lost"), still I'm in the 5 hours a week category.

    Hands down ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT was one of the best f'n shows to ever have been cancelled in the hisotry of TV lunacy. If I could personally smack every executive at Fox, I surely would.

    The list of shows which should have been cancelled is far to long to even start.

    My name is Shannon, and I like TV.

    By Blogger Shannon, at Thu Jul 13, 04:15:00 PM 2006  

  • Hi Shannon!

    By Blogger sideshow bob, at Thu Jul 13, 04:22:00 PM 2006  

  • SSB I watch mostly TV Land and TCM for my TV enetertainments. The rest is rubbish.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jul 14, 05:33:00 AM 2006  

  • entertainments, too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jul 14, 05:33:00 AM 2006  

  • This isn't necessarily the best show cancelled, but I find myself thinking about it from time to time, shaking my head in wonderment at the shite they KEEP while they turn down great shows like- Arresting Behavior. I think you still remember that one.

    By Blogger Sylvana, at Sat Jul 15, 08:09:00 AM 2006  

  • The problem when I was growing up SSB was there were just three channels. CBS out of La Crosse, snowy NBC out of Eau Claire and Rochester and ABC on UHF. I had to watch a lot of crap back then because there was no other option (I mean other than reading books, but c'mon like THAT was going to happen.) Gomer Pyle USMC, I Dream of Jeannie, CHiPS and Maude....oh yeah I watched them...damn my eyes I WATCHED!

    By Blogger DrMax, at Sat Jul 15, 01:31:00 PM 2006  

  • I've always thought the Russian show KVN could be well adapted for many countries. Comedy troups from universities around Russia compete using skits, songs, and "finish-this-joke" contests to win by audience voting (it's only the audience because otherwise regionalism would win over). It's absolutely hilarious and much better in many cases than the regular stand up comedy you see.

    But as for cancelled shows... I've never watched a show up to the end.

    By Blogger Elizabeth, at Sun Jul 16, 01:51:00 AM 2006  

  • Best show to be unjustly cancelled? I'm tempted to say Manimal, but it's got to be Arrested Development, hands down. David Cross expresses my feelings about the subject here.

    By Blogger Otto Man, at Sun Jul 16, 08:27:00 AM 2006  

  • Hey, thanks Otto Man! That was inspiring! And so FUCKING TRUE!!!!

    By Blogger Sylvana, at Sun Jul 16, 03:21:00 PM 2006  

  • Thank you so much for that link Otto man!

    By Blogger Shannon, at Sun Jul 16, 04:42:00 PM 2006  

  • My pleasure. It's funny/sad because it's true.

    By Blogger Otto Man, at Sun Jul 16, 06:01:00 PM 2006  

  • Damn you Otto man! I can only nominate Freddie as best show cancelled in recent memory.

    All hail the comic genius of Freddie Prinze!

    Freddie Prinze, Jr.?


    He sucks.


    By Blogger Mr. Friendly, at Mon Jul 17, 06:57:00 AM 2006  

  • I thought The Lone Gunmen was a pretty good show.

    And, of course, Family Guy...although I'm not sure if that counts since it's back now...

    And I would say MST3K, but after the exodus of Joel, TV's Frank, and Dr. Forester, I suppose that show had pretty much run its course.

    By Blogger sideshow bob, at Mon Jul 17, 11:08:00 AM 2006  

  • our remote just up and died a couple of weeks ago. And the TV is real old and we cannot watch DVDs now because there was this special button on the remote you had to push to get it to work but now we cannot, so in addition to not being able to watch DVDs, we've also cut back considerably on watching television at all, because turning it on involves getting up. As well as volume. Oddly, because of the cable box we have, the channel changer is a different, properly functioning remote. But we only have like five channels anyway. That was a long, pointless story.

    Shows I miss: Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

    By Blogger ORF, at Mon Jul 24, 09:53:00 PM 2006  

  • The best show ever cancelled was My So-Called Life. I mean, my God, they killed it after ONE SEASON. But they allow shows like Flavor of Love to continue... Oh, the humanity!

    By Blogger candy, at Fri Jul 28, 04:04:00 PM 2006  

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