Ok! I admit that I’m not really an expert on the state of today’s sitcoms as mostly, I don’t watch them. But I have noticed a disturbing trend I could definitely live without. And that’s political commentary in the mostly lame-brained genre. It started with TIM ALLEN in LAST MAN STANDING, a show I binged-watched for Tim who actually is funny, one of the daughters, who was super cute and dizzy, and Tim’s neighbor Larabee, whose droll one-liners worked for me.
But as popular as Allen’s show was, ABC tanked it – supposedly because of all the conservative redneck commentary Allen insisted on wedging into the presentation. And I was with them. All that anti-Obama shit was an out-of-context distraction. Ya know…kind of like me talking about sitcoms on an escort blog (or what was an escort blog). Which brings me to my point.
Allen has apparently unwittingly passed the baton to ROSEANNE BARR, who happens to be an ex–escort (by her own admission) and essentially still like many of her ex-colleagues. While Roseanne can be funny, I didn’t find her performance of the national anthem many years ago in good taste. Nor did I think her revelation that her new bodyguard/boyfriend had a much bigger dick than TOM ARNOLD to be particularly discreet. She does remind me of many whores I’ve known in the past.
Well anyway…I hit on-demand last night and watched the first hour of the new Roseanne show and almost had to turn it off after ten minutes. The writing was so predictable and so political that I almost barfed in the first few minutes. And sorry, I ain’t buyin’ that a Trump “deplorable” is ok with a black granddaughter and a gender-confused grandson. How’s about lightening up on the current-day commentary in favor of writing a funny line?
The second half hour was actually almost clever at times – often because it was just funny – and not political. Shades of the old Roseanne came through with a little heart and soul once the writers deleted all the bull shit that doesn’t belong in a sitcom. Final grad: 3.5 on the 10 scale. I don’t think I’ll continue watching.
But while I was at it, I checked out the last episode of YOUNG SHELDON, the number 1 sitcom on television. Directed by HOWIE DEUTCH, with whom I was a member on the Hewlett High track team all those years ago, Young Sheldon is a goofy commentary on being a nerdball bookworm. Howie was a goofy kid. And that goofiness was in clear evidence in what I saw last night. Right away, it was clear that Young Sheldon is much funnier than Roseanne. Plus, Sheldon doesn’t say stupid out-of-place shit about Jimmy Carter’s presidency at any point during the show.
So my message for today: Can it Roseanne. You are a real-life deplorable. I’ll bet you couldn’t pass a citizenship test – just like the great majority of other people who voted for Trump.