Friday, January 22, 2010

TV Snobs

I read this article over two months ago and yet it's still bugging me, because I find it to verge on the liminal that delineates where sanity crosses into total batshit lunacy.

TV Snobs Are Wrong About 'Two and a Half Men'

Really? That's a bold statement, pretty much equivalent to stating one of the piles my dog leaves in her pen is misconstrued by clean grass elitists as a pile of shit. To quote the writer of the article:

"If your brow tends to arch on the high side, “Two and a Half Men” can be off-putting, with its love of double-entendres and inability to pass up a good fart joke. Like “The Three Stooges" and “I Love Lucy" before it, this series plays heavily on the side of physical humor. But unlike the old days of slipping on a banana peel, these clowns are more likely to injure themselves on a used birth-control device."

Brow arches on the high side? Who the hell says that about anyone? And like The Three Stooges and I Love Lucy? Why not include Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean? Those shows relied on FUNNY physical comedy, not total inanity. And then, we're offered several examples of what a good show it is:

"Third-season episode “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Burro” embodies the essence of the series, serving up banter and slapstick in equal portions. The show is packed with the kind of humor fans adore, including Charlie talking about the time he convinced Alan that it was Almond Roca in the kitty litter box. “Are we done visiting Charlie Harper’s Museum of Sibling Cruelty?” deadpans Alan. Dim-bulb Kandi once dated Charlie but is now dating Alan. Charlie’s with Kandi’s mom Mandi and Alan’s ex-wife is smitten with Kandi’s dad Andy. As Berta says, “Sweet whistling Geronimo, you people are like a box of hamsters, crawling all over each other.” The moment when all parties come together under one roof is comic genius."

Genius of the sort after Algernon regresses back to his original state? There is nothing funny about Two and Half Men, including, "for true slapstick fans, it never gets old watching smitten men like Alan and Jake walk into doors." Stop watching it and scour Hulu or Netflix for something that's actually funny. The only reason your brow is arching is because of the induced migraine.

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