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A couple of my favorites started in the late 70s but ended in the 80s. I don't think I watched any in the 90s but maybe you guys will remind me of some.

Night Court (which I had forgotten about until our new thread reminded me)

One Day at a Time (started in the late 70s)

Family Ties

WKRP in Cincinnati (started in the late 70s)

Cheers

What surprises me is that two of these are family sitcoms, which I would have told you I never watch. Usually I prefer to watch shows about people at work, which covers a lot of territory if you think about it. Shows about people at home typically bore me. But One Day at a Time and certainly Family Ties feature intelligent characters and I think that was their saving grace with me. I hate shows about unusually stupid people.

Three family sitcoms I hated with a passion were -

Everybody Loves Raymond

Home Improvement

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

If there is a hell, my portion of it will have these three shows playing nonstop. All three were 90s shows, interestingly. Also all three featured unusually stupid people.






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Reverend Meteor





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    A couple of my favorites started in the late 70s but ended in the 80s. I don't think I watched any in the 90s but maybe you guys will remind me of some.



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    Night Court (which I had forgotten about until our new thread reminded me)



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    One Day at a Time (started in the late 70s)



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    Family Ties



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    WKRP in Cincinnati (started in the late 70s)



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    Cheers



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    What surprises me is that two of these are family sitcoms, which I would have told you I never watch. Usually I prefer to watch shows about people at work, which covers a lot of territory if you think about it. Shows about people at home typically bore me. But One Day at a Time and certainly Family Ties feature intelligent characters and I think that was their saving grace with me. I hate shows about unusually stupid people.



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    Three family sitcoms I hated with a passion were -



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    Everybody Loves Raymond



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    Home Improvement



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    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air



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    If there is a hell, my portion of it will have these three shows playing nonstop. All three were 90s shows, interestingly. Also all three featured unusually stupid people.


Ones I like:

Seinfeld (I'm the only person who loved the finale)
Cheers
Frasier
Wings
Golden Girls
Empty Nest (Golden Girls spinoff)
Nurses (Empty Nest spinoff)
Martin
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Living Single
Designing Women
227
Gimme A Break
Roseanne
Taxi
That 70's Show (although it descended into awfulness whenever they focused on Andy Kaufman)
Married With Children

Ones I didn't care for:

Family Ties
Everybody Loves Raymond
Home Improvement
Friends
Full House (one of the daughters grew up to be a meth head)
Family Matters (one of the daughters grew up to be a porn star)
The Nanny
Caroline In The City
NewsRadio
Coach
Valerie
Bosom Buddies
Perfect Strangers

(truth be told CBS in general has never had a sitcom I've enjoyed)


Neat sitcom coincidence I stumbled onto. In an episode of Taxi (Louie's Fling in 1981) Danny Devito's character is watching television with his character's girlfriend played by Rhea Perlman...the music for the TV show they are watching is the same music that will later be used as the theme music for It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia...a show Danny Devito joined in 2006.




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fan4




Does Golden Girls count as a sitcom? If yes, then Dave's World counts too. Liked both shows.

I liked Taxi. Used to like King of Queens, but after awhile the stories stopped being entertaining.

Was never a fan of Alf. Didn't like Fresh Prince either.

I enjoyed Full House.

I haven't seen Cheers, but I do like the theme song.

Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond were hit-and-miss for me.


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Whispering Hands




Seinfeld is the only one I watch to this day if it is on and it stands above the rest IMO. That said I lived for sitcoms of the 80s and 90s. I enjoyed The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Fresh Prince, Cheers, Wings, King Of Queens, Night Court, Everybody Loves Raymond and Family Ties and Taxi, and even Blossom. I hated Friends while it was on but now I don't really care either way about it.


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Whispering Hands




I watched a lot of Coach and Family Matters in the 90s, looking back though it's hard to watch Family Matters. And Full House really was an awful show.


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I liked Family Ties okay, same with Growing Pains. Hit and miss.

I was a big fan of Night Court and Cheers, both ran their course and were running on fumes the last couple of years. I actually liked Home Improvement although eventually I think I realized that I didn't really like the family and it was only fun when they were on the set of Tool Time. I did enjoy Married With Children and it's stupid, stupid people. Again there was only so much you could do with it and it was a mercy kill by season 11 or whatever, but the first 5 or 6 years were a lot of fun.

I was a big fan of Dinosaurs if that counts. Watching it again on Netflix it doesn't seem that ha-ha funny, more of a constant criticism of modern American society and how stupid it is. Which is not a bad thing.

I enjoyed Perfect Strangers for the manic energy of Balki & Larry. I can't say their home, workplace or supporting cast was all that awesome but just those two cracked me up.

And I'll always have a soft spot for the short-lived UPN sitcom Homeboys In Outer Space and their Scottish engineer. And UPN's Shasta McNasty, another short-lived dumb fest.



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