Hi people! Yeah, I know I’ve been MIA again. I could say it was due to the fact that Jollyhood Pictures is undergoing some restructuring to serve you better (but that sounds too much like a commercial.. Lol). Or I could just simply apologize. Truth be told, I’ve been grappling for words to describe the general mood of everyone, with the recent happening in our beloved country… and I’m still at a loss. But then I realized, not everyone was in a mood, that there’s a group of Naija people who didn’t care if 3 tomatoes sell for #200 or if fuel prices went from #86.50 to #145 (they’re just too well off to be bothered about such things). So therefore, I’ve resolved to stop complaining, grumbling and do all I can join this sect and get so blessed, that our government policies leaves no flies off me.
Yeah, that’s the new moi. Anyways, I figured we all needed loads of cheering up, so it’s all about comedy today (comedies are definitely the in thing for now). For the eighties and nineties babies, hope you remember sitcoms like Halo Halo, Fawlty Towers, Mind Your Language, and not forget the hilarious ‘Some Mothers do Ave Em’ or Frank Spencer as popularly known. That was one weird and funny dude and the way he would rub off and irritate his victim until the poor person exploded, can’t be measured in laughter thermometer.
How can I forget the handsome and witty young Will Smith in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and the sitcoms of all sitcoms ‘Friends’ Wow! Ten seasons of dumb Joey, weird Phoebe, Obsessive Monica, Sarcastic Chandler and clueless Ross and simple minded Rachael drama is guaranteed to knock away anyone’s blues.
The good ‘ole days, right… (Sigh). They don’t make ’em like that anymore *tearing up*. But in case you can’t get your hands on any of the old timers, here are some recent ones help keep you chirpy. There’s Two and Half Men, about a hedonistic jingle writer, Alan Harper whose free-wheeling lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew moves in with him. Speaking for myself, I didn’t see what the fuss was all about but a lot of people seemed to be gaga over this particular sitcom. But then I didn’t really start watching until after Charlie was kicked off the show and some claim the show wasn’t all that after he left. Go figure!
Up next is ‘The Big Bang Theory’ a favourite of mine. Some call it “The Greatest Sitcom” ever…uh? It’s about best friends and roommates Leonard and Sheldon, physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, and while brilliant, they utterly clueless about most basic social situations, especially ones involving women. The show premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007. The ninth season premiered on September 21, 2015, and the series has been renewed for a tenth season. You should definitely see it.
Of course you should try the ‘The Simpsons’. It was another favourite growing up. Kind of like the first “animated sitcom series” and it’s also the longest-running American sitcom. It first aired in 1989, and is still running as of 2016. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the series has broadcast 595 episodes. It’s currently on its 27th season and has been renewed for the twenty-eight (2016–17), consisting of 22 episodes each. While some think it’s hard to judge the Simpsons nowadays due to its major decrease in popularity and quality, others aren’t averse to saying “It used to be funny, now it sucks, the writers are out of ideas and talentless”. But then you go check it out, yourselves.
Then there’s ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker. The series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life with parents Phil and Claire, who yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice for Eric Stonestreet and twice for Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2011. With some calling Phil Dunphy, the best character on TV in many years.
Another watch is ‘The Office’ not to be confused with The Office (1995 TV series) or The Office (U.S. TV series). This however is a mockumentary sitcom that was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, about the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Sloughbranch of the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company.
Well, that’s enough sitcoms to cheer even the grouchiest of souls, hope watching makes us feel doses better. Still working on my “Top Ten Sitcoms” ever. Like I said the sitcoms rule this season. I’ll love to see your list, so send us a mail. Until then, lots of XoXos from Jollyhood. Bye! Bye!