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Old 02-20-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Sitcom cliches you're sick of.

We have a thread for favorite sitcom cliches. Now, let's discuss the ones we're sick of.

Personally, I'm tired of the whole lazy slob husband/father character. To me, it's just as bad as the ditzy housewife of the 50's. Homer Simpson is funny to me, but Ray Barone, Tim Taylor, and their ilk are not.

I'm also tired of the whole "smart kids are weird and/or ugly" cliche. It sends the wrong message to children that in order to be popular, you must be dumb and that there is somethring wrong with being intelligent and wanting to succeed in life.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:53 PM   #2
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Even though it's not or wasn't on every sitcom; the whole "Kids are smarter than the parents" schtick. (i.e., Family Ties, Married with Children and in some cases, Home Improvement...well, just about everyone was smarter than Tim, but I digress)...kids outsmarting their clueless parents is not funny. Now, kids attempting to outsmart the parents and getting caught, IS funny.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #3
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Dressing in drag - enough said.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:09 PM   #4
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Dressing in drag - enough said.
Especially since no one can do it like Klinger from MASH!
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^or get away with showing that much amount of body hair!
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:34 PM   #6
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Especially since no one can do it like Klinger from MASH!
Now THERE was an ugly "woman".
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At least when Klinger dressed in drag their was a valid reason.(trying to get out of the army)
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Conservatives, gun enthusiasts/owners, hunters, and people of southern and Appalachian decent are portrayed as bumbling buffoons, jerks, and downright clueless uneducated imbeciles.
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Conservatives, gun enthusiasts/owners, hunters, and people of southern and Appalachian decent are portrayed as bumbling buffoons, jerks, and downright clueless uneducated imbeciles.
You forgot to add toothless. And I'm not even from the South!!
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Thanks I forgot about that and while I'm at it might well include inbred as well.
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Thanks I forgot about that and while I'm at it might well include inbred as well.
You're welcome.
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Ditzy and/or vain girls obsessed with beauty and looks

(I know I sounds like a hypocrite here- Karen Foster from Step By Step was exactly that, and I absolutely loved Angie- but still, the types of characters are a dime a dozen, and Karen had other good qualities.)
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Ditzy and/or vain girls obsessed with beauty and looks

(I know I sounds like a hypocrite here- Karen Foster from Step By Step was exactly that, and I absolutely loved Angie- but still, the types of characters are a dime a dozen, and Karen had other good qualities.)
You mean, like Mallory Keaton (Family Ties)? Don't get me wrong, I like FT and Justine Bateman, and Mallory certainly had her good points. Having said that, Mallory was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and was indeed a mallrat obsessed with hair and clothes.
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Young mother is in labor and stuck in an elevator with the one jerky guy that doesn't like kids, suddenly he's taken away with the "miracle" of birth and changes his mind entirely. Seeing as it's a sitcom, everything but the baby will be rebooted in the next episode and guy will go back to being his jerky self.
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Kids who are rude to their parents.
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