Double Vision: Sitcoms & the Great Recasting

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – you’re watching a TV show and you notice that one actor who was on the show in its first few seasons, is back as somebody else. Well, I recently noticed this with Golden Girls when in one of the episodes Rose was dating a guy named Arnie Peterson who looked really familiar. Turns out the character was played by Harold Gould who would go on to portray another of Rose’s love interests with Miles Webber. A whole dissertation could be devoted to the way Golden Girls reuses actors or has several actors playing the same characters, but it’s not just Golden Girls that I’ve picked up on this, it’s sort of a whole thing…

 

Harold Gould as Arnie Peterson (left) and Miles Webber in The Golden Girls.

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In a 90s Kinda World, I’m Glad I’ve Got My (DVDs): Physical Media in a Digital Age

I’m a creature of habit. In most scenarios, I don’t like change. Change taunts my anxiety and makes me feel threatened, uncomfortable, and like I have lost whatever control or trust that I might have had. I love a good routine and dependability. Knowing that I can trust a certain aspect of my environment to be consistent is incredibly valuable to me. When I turn on the television at night, I take comfort in seeing The Golden Girls, or Frasier on my screen. Not only are they funny and entertaining, but they’ve become reliable aspects of my routine. I enjoy watching my sitcom reruns, but more than that, they keep me company late at night when I often struggle to find comfort, or sleep.

I’ve always had a pretty dysfunctional relationship with sleep – I remember as a kid closing my eyes and thinking, OK, if I fall asleep right now, I can get five hours of sleep before I have to get up for school. I got in trouble for reading in bed by the light coming through my window, or seeping in my room from another You’ll ruin your eyes!, my mom would scream. Check mate mom – I’ve worn glasses for years (though, I DON’T wear them for reading). I used to love going to sleepovers at my maternal grandmother’s house because she was a night owl. We’d watch I Love Lucy together, or The Golden Girls. We’d head to the grocery store at midnight, cruising around and stopping for DIY sandwiches in the car made from the deli and fresh bread we had bought. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not as much an insomniac as much as someone who just isn’t meant to ascribe to normal sleeping patterns. I’ve come to realize it’s sort of a family thing – my aunt, mother, and sister are all night owls. The difference being for them, is that they can all fall asleep quickly. Me on the other hand, not so much.

Which brings me back to my beloved sitcoms. I welcome their company every night because they’re so familiar. Often times, I find myself lying awake not simply due to insomnia, but because of painsomnia. My joints, nerve pain, or some other discomfort like to keep me awake at night. So having Rose Nylund, Roz Doyle, or even Lucy and Ethel to hang out with me is a nice comfort. But come October, I find myself at a loss because Hallmark likes to go crazy for Christmas and removes their overnight sitcom reruns in favor of their Christmas movies. So I surf around looking for other sitcoms to take comfort in. Luckily there isn’t much of a shortage, and I am grateful that multiple channels air them. During Christmaspalooza, I’m often watching The King of Queens, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, The New Adventures of Old Christine and others.

Christmas has come and gone, and generally, the start of January means that Hallmark goes back to their regularly scheduled programming. This year? Not quite. They’ve changed the schedule, eliminating shows, extending some and reducing others. This creature of comfort was not happy. But I’m not writing this just to bitch about how a television network messed up my routine (although, they did and I’m not gonna lie – I’m bitter about it), I’m writing this because it got me to thinking about a larger issue that has been on my mind a lot recently: digital vs. physical media.

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The 12 Episodes of Christmas: 12 Must-See Sitcoms for the Holidays

Can you believe there are only eight days until Christmas? That means that there are only eight days to figure out last-minute gifts, wrap them, and perhaps most sad to me – only a few days left of my new favorite Moser Roth chocolate truffle advent calendar. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is giving myself the gift of some self-care and R&R (rest and relaxation) and that’s definitely true this year after wrapping up my first semester of grad school. I can’t think of a better way to relax than kicking back with my sitcoms (unless you add some advent truffles into the mix). Before you set out cookies and milk for the Big Man, here are the 12 Episodes of Christmas to get you in the holly jolly mood!

Frasier – “Perspectives On Christmas” (S5, Ep. 9)

This episode shows how things go awry for many of the characters through the course of one week leading up to the holidays, but arguably one of the best parts is the late John Mahoney attempting to sing “O Holy Night”.


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MOM Season 6 Premiere – Recap & Review

Tonight the sixth season of CBS’s MOM premiered. We’ve both been watching this show since the very beginning and it’s easily one of our top favorite sitcoms. Despite our love, we’ve never really talked about it all that much, so we felt it was time to change that!

Tonight’s premiere episode – Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime (S6, E1), starts off with Bonnie making Christie breakfast for her first day of law school (which made me hungry for pancakes). The show opening was also re-done with more of a focus on the adults rather than Christie’s kids which I absolutely love tbh.

At group, we learn that Bonnie’s wedding planning hasn’t been smooth sailing, that is, until she learns that she can literally turn it into a big day wrapped around her. Meanwhile, Christie’s first day of law school turns out to be harder than she thought (And that was before she has to take over for another sick waitress at work and forgets her backback full of books in the locked restaurant.) Bonnie dreams that Adam is cheating on a woman named Louise from Trader Joe’s who he thinks is cute. Christie’s troubles with law school get worse when she decides to quit law school, but advice from Marjorie and a woman’s speech at what is her first meeting spurns a flashback of her own first meeting that brought a change of heart. And of course we got Marjorie’s sage wisdom which the show would feel incomplete without (forget “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, I’m all for some Marjorie wisdom)!

Overall tonight’s episode reminded me why I love this show and I’m so glad that it’s back! The writing in combination with the cast is just the perfect combo, which was certainly evident in tonight’s episode. I was ammused by Bonnie’s fear of mimes, and her love for HGTV’s Property Brothers (And now I know what to call those windows above doors)! I’m absolutely looking forward to Bonnie and Adam’s wedding (I just hope that Adam’s handsome dog makes an appearance)! All in all, I liked the direction that tonight’s episode took the story in and it’s so good to have this comedy gem back for the season.

If you watched tonight’s premiere, please let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments!

 

Friends: A Completely Unsolicited and Vaguely Thorough Review of the Entire Series

Despite being a huge lover of sitcoms, there’s quite a few that I like, but haven’t watched in their entirety, or in order. Friends ran from 1994 to 2004 and despite enjoying it whenever I caught it on, I never saw the entire series, and I definitely didn’t catch it in order. So I decided to finally right that wrong and I set out to watch every episode from start to finish in their proper order. That was quite the journey!
I’ve decided to compile some of my thoughts on the show as I progress through it. Watching ten years of a show is quite a commitment and I had to talk about it somewhere… I know… no one asked for it, but you’re getting it anyways!

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