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Old 01-15-2015, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Mad About You: Most Pompous Show Ever?

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There are things in this world that are so pompous, they make monocles and ascots look like something a hobo would wear to the local soup kitchen.

There are things in this world that are so pompous, they make lamb shanks look like day-old White Castle sliders.

There are things in this world that are so pompous that even Keith Olbermann won't go head to head with them.

One such thing is the show Mad About You.

I've always had a long standing grudge against Mad About You. Don't get me wrong, I can deal with pompous happenings in my life. But Mad About You takes pomposity to an entirely new level. Nay, labeling it with mere words is a futile effort, one that will most likely land a normal man or woman in the hospital, nude and weeping.

Every once in a while, television can do pompous comedy just right. The perfect example of this is Frasier. For 11 amazing seasons, Frasier was at the top of the pomp world, hurling insults and witty banter back and forth like a well-played ping pong match (Side Note: Ping Pong = VERY pompous). But where Frasier succeeded was being in on its own joke. From day 1, Frasier knew that it was completely pompous and embraced that fact.

Mad About You failed when it tried to hide its pompousness and pretend to be a show about an average newlywed couple and their 'everyday problems'. Sorry, Mad About You, but you are completely unrealistic and I hate you with the passion of a thousand fiery suns.

Let's take a look at how ridiculously pompous every aspect of this show was.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:15 AM   #2
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"Most Pompous" is a pretty high standard. I'd say they had 20-25 just silly-funny episodes, which is quite a few for the era. They brought Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks back to episode TV. Murray's funny.
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not to me....I loved the show thought it was a hoot and a half
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MASH became pompous.
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Murphy Brown was very pompous too.

Designing Women also.

I just want to laugh, not be preached to.
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Well, it's complicated. At times, particularly towards the end, it felt like the show was being overly praised by critics and you could tell everyone involved thought they were the bee's knees.
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The fact that I am first responding this this thread now is related to the same sleep disorder that I mentioned in my thread titled "Our Gang". In any event, during this show's seven years on prime time, it was my absolute favorite show! I am crazy about Helen Hunt! I also think that Leila Kenzle who played Fran was pretty hot stuff. I had a very hard time when this series finally died!
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I liked the show. The stars had good chemistry.
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Pompous is a matter of opinion, not fact.

The Big Bang Theory, for example, is a stupid show does that make it pompous? No.
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MAY was not a pompous show! It was a very intelligently written show! Way better than current sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory BTW!
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MAY was not a pompous show! It was a very intelligently written show! Way better than current sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory BTW!

Absolutely. Mad About You was consistently laugh out loud funny throughout the whole series. It is easily better than every current sitcom out now (The underrated Wings is as well!). If anyone's pompous it's the author of this article, because Paul and Jamie were never pompous. Neurotic yes, but that's what made them funny.
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That link for some first poster is not loading this time, in my laptop. someone is right, that pompous is an opinion.
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Seinfeld was pompous.
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Seinfeld was pompous.

What about Seinfeld made it pompous?
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