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Old 08-01-2018, 04:51 AM   #1
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Question Did Golden Girls have far too many annoying Susan Harris touches

It's like you know that you're watching a Susan Harris produced sitcom (SOAP, Benson, Empty Nest, et al.) if it contains the following tropes:
  • The transitional that sounds like it was by the same cheap orchestra

    The overuse of establishing shots

    The lack of continuity in consistency in characterizations

    Overly bright lighting

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Old 08-01-2018, 09:48 AM   #2
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Short answer: no

The orchestra was beautiful, classic, and is a part of the reason why this show is timeless.

Establishing shots were never overused. It's always nice to have the scene set when you're watching.

I never noticed the lighting being bright; if anything, the special lighting was very complimentary for the girls.

Now the inconsistencies, yes, stick way out there. But in the book "Golden Girls Forever", one of the writers admits they actually did not keep a series bible, so that they could write whatever they wanted to for their episodes (not what I would do, but there you go).

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The episodes with Susan Harris authorship were the best.
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I actually love the interstitial music, and most 70s and 80s sitcoms used them, not just the Susan Harris productions. You instantly know the show you're watching, just from the interstitial music. The only time I don't like them is when a show gets cheap and starts using interstitials from another show; this happened in the later seasons of The Facts of Life, when they inexplicably started using the music from Silver Spoons. WTF?!

For me, the music on GG is a sort of comfort food.

Like '80sSitcoms, I like the establishing shots. (I just sometimes wish the establishing shots of buildings actually matched the sets they're supposedly based on).

Yes, the inconsistencies bug me to no end. But that wasn't limited to Susan Harris' sitcoms, by any means.
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Not Really. The Authorship of Susan Harris is not a problem with the show itself.
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