Favorite Sitcoms Or Dramedies

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    I've been reading on how to break into writing for TV. One thing you must do is write spec scripts for EXISTING shows.

    They should be good shows, but not so well established that they have already read a million and a half scripts for it.

    My favorites sitcoms.

    Seinfeld
    Curb your enthusiasm
    Will and Grace
    Simpsons


    The relatively new format of the dramedy (as popularized by hbo)
    include shows Like fx's "Nip/Tuck" (an amazing show)

    And usa's "Rescue Me" with Dennis leary.

    Let me know what you guys like. I need a brainstorm session on this one. Cuz I'm just spinning my wheels on my own!
     
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    Good episodes of both last night.
    I'd add Deadwood. Family Guy. South Park. I think Deadwood should be considered a dramedy, because it is brutal and filled with all manner of poor taste but rich in hillarious characters.
     
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    Yeah. Deadwood kicks ass. The dialogue even of the scummy uneducated characters is strangely formal with high level vocab words. Did people use to be way smarter?
     
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    I think you nailed the show's brillance right on the head.
    I think my favorite characters are the main brothel owner and his goofy right hand man(of Newhart fame), as well as the guy from the movie Go(creepy Extacy dealer.)

    And to answer your question, I think yes and no. One thing is for sure, as there was no TV people used to read more. Those who could, anyway.
     
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    Yes. The scummy brothel owner even has a shred of decency. WHile he forces one of his prostitutes to fellate him as he rants, he still advises her that it's ok if she doesn't swallow it, and pauses in his rant for her to spit it out! Awesome!
     
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    Timothy Olyphant. I have never seen him in a bad role, even when he's in movies that aren't all that good, he's the scene-stealer.


    In the dramedy department, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Six Feet Under. It's my favorite show on TV, and it has made me laugh and cry numerous times in the same episode. Another good one that leaned more on comedy than drama, but had its moments, was Freaks and Geeks.

    As far as sitcoms, my favorites:

    Arrested Development (I was almost certain Fox would cancel this, but since it got some Emmys, I bet it'll stick around for a little while longer)
    Seinfeld
    Simpsons (the old simpsons, the past two or three seasons have been total crap)
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    South Park (is this a sitcom?)
    Everybody Loves Raymond (hilarious, very underrated show)

    As far as a spec script, I dunno. Do you have an agent, because that makes it a LOT easier to get your foot in the door (from what I've heard). I agree that it's probably a lot better to try for a show that's just getting started. Not only will the more popular ones have many,many spec scripts coming in, but most shows also usually use a set group of writers (IE, Trey Parker writes pretty much every episode of South Park; Seinfeld, Larry David, and another Larry whose name escapes me wrote a lot of episodes of Seinfeld).

    Good luck with it, though, man, I hear it's a pretty well-paying gig. Whenever I talk about this, I'm reminded of Jerry and George talking about writing the pilot for NBC.

    George: We'll write it up.
    Jerry: We? You're a writer now?
    George: What write? We're talking about a sitcom!
     
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    Yes. I like pretty much all the The hbo original serieses. Entourage is good too. No agent yet. Need to actually write something first! Thanks for the encouragement man!
     
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    There hasn't been a good sitcom since the likes of...

    Hogan's Heros
    I Dream of Genie
    F Troop
    Peticoat Junction
    Giligan's Island
     
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    Look everyone, pale just emerged from his bomb shelter, after all these years!
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    Odd Couple
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    South Park
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