29 7 / 2012

30 Day TV Challenge, Part 2

Day 29: Most Underappreciated Show

Newsradio was weird and wonderful - a absurdist comedy masquerading as a workplace sitcom. If Newsradio hadn’t existed, we wouldn’t have Community. Or 30 Rock. Everyone was completely on top of their game - especially Phil Hartman, who was genius. (The first episode of the 5th season, which was shot after his tragic death, is a funny and heartbreaking tribute). Then you’ve got Khandi Alexander (why doesn’t she get more work?), Vicki Lewis (the winner of the mid-90s goofy redhead showdown), Stephen Root (flawless), and Joe Rogan (so good in this, I swear). Even Andy Dick was funny. Then there was Dave Foley, who I had a massive crush on throughout much of the 90s, and the fantastically underrated Maura Tierney. (If you don’t stan her yet, rent Scotland, PA.)

Reading from the complaint box:
Dave: “‘You suck.’ ‘You suck.’ ‘Howard Stern rules.’ ‘If you can read this you are a dork.’ ‘Coupon for one free kiss from Joe if you are a girl.’ ‘We need more complaint cards.’ ‘Coupon for one free kiss from Joe if you are a guy.’”

Joe: “Hey.”
Dave: [pulling out a fortune cookie slip] “‘You will go on a journey, happy long time.’ ‘Matthew is a moron.’ ‘No I’m not.’ ‘Yes you are.’ ‘No I’m not infinity.’ ‘Yes you are infinity plus one.’ And this one, ‘I have doobie in my funk,’ which I assume is some sort of reference to the Parliament Funkadelic song, ‘Chocolate City.’ Uh, ‘You got peanut butter in my chocolate. You got chocolate in my peanut butter. Together they taste like crap.’ ‘Matthew has been staring at me all day… and I love it.’ I don’t think I get this one, it says, ‘I try to be good hard-worker-man, but refrigemater so messy, so so messy.’”
Lisa: “I think that one’s probably from Milos, the janitor.”
Dave: “Oh. Refrigem… oh, then that one’s legitimate. Uh, ‘Who’s the black private dick who’s the sex machine with all the chicks?’”
Everyone: “SHAFT.”
Bill: “I thought we’d all enjoy that.”
Dave: “And, ‘Help, I’m being held prisoner in a complaint box,’ which is actually kinda funny.”

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    This was, and is still is, seriously one of the rest comedies ever on television. Do yourself a favor and watch it!
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