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Old 01-13-2019, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default 1970s sitcoms for newcomers around the world to start with

I've been watching briefly All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Three's Company, Maude, etc.

I've also watched Britcoms, like Man About the House, The Good Life (aka The Good Neighbours), Fawlty Towers, etc.

I don't know whether to count Monty Python's Flying Circus as the sitcom; it's too non-linear and farcical... and thematic and plotless as well.

I just can't figure out which 1970s shows are good for newcomers to start with, including ones who've not watched 1970s shows before.

I figured that Three's Company is a good show to start with, but then too many misunderstandings and too much farce are everywhere. Nevertheless, this is the best start for broad or wider demographics. (RE-EDIT) Actually, I'm unsure anymore. Minorities are portrayed as caricatures, like gays, but then I can't be too sure whether many people don't mind such portrayals.

I thought that All in the Family would be good for right-winged (or conservative) audiences to start with, but then the show also promotes tolerance toward minorities. I feared today's right-winged or conservative audience would have a hard time to sit through, but then I could be wrong.

Sitcoms centering on African-American characters... I haven't watched them much. I've heard Good Times, Sanford & Son, The Jeffersons, What's Happening, etc. I don't know whether those from The Bible Belt areas would like to watch those shows, but I doubt it.

IMHO, 1970s animated shows are not the good shows to start with, especially Fat Albert. The drawings and framerate look too archaic and too ancient to bear anymore.

Personally, I bought The Mary Tyler Moore Show because I grew to like it somewhat, despite not attracting today's audience very much. It also matches my intellect well enough to buy it. Well, some episodes are too hard to watch again, especially when one plot is resolved at the end of one episode.

Please feel free to comment and/or respond to my opinions here.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:21 PM   #2
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Well, the Bob Newhart Show is very similar to Mary Tyler Moore (which is itself structured like The Dick van Dyke Show of the 60s).

If you just want a simple character-driven comedy, I'd suggest the early seasons of Laverne and Shirley. They're just silly with a lot of slapstick. I think it became repetitious after a few seasons, though.

If you want something more on the literate side, I'd suggest Barney Miller. It took about a season to come together, though.

If you want to look for what followed, I'd suggest Taxi, which points toward Cheers, which is probably the most influential show for the next 25 years or so.

A lot of shows have short periods of time where they're really good. For me, Soap's first season is about as funny as any season of any show.
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WKRP in Cincinnati, Barney Miller, Happy Days, M*A*S*H are all good 70s sitcoms to start with.
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