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  • Lukus 4 Feb 2013 11:40:16 18,996 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Allo allo? It was about as funny as last of the summer wine.
    As a 9 or 10 year old when I first watched it, Allo Allo was possibly the most erotic thing I'd ever seen.
    These days, not even a tingle.

    Edited by Lukus at 11:40:25 04-02-2013

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  • LeoliansBro 4 Feb 2013 11:41:02 43,227 posts
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    'Allo 'Allo is wonderful. Really brilliantly funny, in a way that hasn't aged at all.

    Edit: to clarify, it works because it's the 'in on the joke' style distilled to almost too much a formula. In that respect it's The Fast Show a decade early. There are no characters, only caricatures and everyone knows what to expect whenever they see any of the cast enter a scene. It's closer to a farce than a sitcom. It doesn't all work (Leclerc isn't that great and it goes wrong when they recast the Italian captain) but the fact they could construct an episode entirely from catchphrases and still make it work makes it something wonderful to watch for me.

    Watch the pilot again, you'll be surprised.

    Edited by LeoliansBro at 11:46:52 04-02-2013

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Dirtbox 4 Feb 2013 11:43:35 77,468 posts
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    It's cringe inducing shit.

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  • Mola_Ram 4 Feb 2013 11:46:39 6,962 posts
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    kickerconspiracy wrote:
    @Mola_Ram

    Yeah, he's a fucking wanker.

    That book is awful. It should've been called "needless to say I had the last laugh".
    They should have broken up a long time ago.

    But even so, even though I know it should come as no surprise to me, I am still occasionally amazed by the vitriol that comes out of some members of bands that have gone their separate ways.

    It's fascinatingly ugly how much hatred there is at times.
  • Lukus 4 Feb 2013 11:48:19 18,996 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    'Allo 'Allo is wonderful. Really brilliantly funny, in a way that hasn't aged at all.

    Edit: to clarify, it works because it's the 'in on the joke' style distilled to almost too much a formula. In that respect it's The Fast Show a decade early. There are no characters, only caricatures and everyone knows what to expect whenever they see any of the cast enter a scene. It's closer to a farce than a sitcom. It doesn't all work (Leclerc isn't that great and it goes wrong when they recast the Italian captain) but the fact they could construct an episode entirely from catchphrases and still make it work makes it something wonderful to watch for me.

    Watch the pilot again, you'll be surprised.
    I'd argue it's the period setting too. It won't age as obviously as other comedies as it's set way back when. The same with Dad's Army.

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  • LeoliansBro 4 Feb 2013 11:49:51 43,227 posts
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    Yep, except I can't bear Dad's Army (it's really toothless and inoffensive, that's not how you do comedy).

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Lukus 4 Feb 2013 11:50:47 18,996 posts
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    Oh shush you, Dad's Army is charming and lovely.

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  • LeoliansBro 4 Feb 2013 11:53:24 43,227 posts
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    I guess I don't really get to throw stones on that, do I :)

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Mola_Ram 4 Feb 2013 11:54:11 6,962 posts
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    Aged well: Seinfeld. It's still very funny, and most of the observations are still very relevant.

    But the laugh track feels almost quaint now.
  • Lukus 4 Feb 2013 12:02:39 18,996 posts
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    I'm pretty sure it's a live audience.

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  • nickthegun 4 Feb 2013 12:07:55 58,784 posts
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    Ive done this so many times now, theres stuff i wont watch.

    Although that did once include dangermouse, but my daughter caught an episode on boomerang or something and loved it, so now we watch that and it is still really funny.

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  • Mola_Ram 4 Feb 2013 12:14:05 6,962 posts
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    Lukus wrote:
    I'm pretty sure it's a live audience.
    All of it? If so, well, that's better than a laugh track. Still feels weird though.
  • kalel 4 Feb 2013 12:17:50 86,344 posts
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    It's definitely live audience although I'm sure they've done a fair bit of cutting up and splicing and re-shooting as well, so some track is probably in there.

    I almost think Seinfeld gets better with age. Was watching "The Switch" the other day and was properly rolling around. So clever.

    I think Seinfeld is like Fawlty Towers or something, in that it's so meticulously crafted that it just timeless. The best ones will never stop being funny.
  • Mola_Ram 4 Feb 2013 12:18:33 6,962 posts
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    Aged well: Jaws

    It almost goes without saying, but damn it's aged well. I think a big part of that is due to you not actually seeing the shark for long stretches. If there had been more of it, the animatronics or whatever they used would have been more and more tested, and perhaps looked less convincing.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 4 Feb 2013 12:25:18 37,340 posts
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    I still enjoy Bewitched. Samantha was a fox!

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  • Load_2.0 4 Feb 2013 12:28:15 18,893 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    If you have fond memories of it, never, ever watch 'Automan' as an adult. It is worse than you can possible imagine.
    Ditto 'The Black Hole'
    Haha automan is incredibly awful. I went through a phase of watching classic 80s tv on YouTube.

    One episode was enough to destroy any fond memories.
  • nickthegun 4 Feb 2013 12:28:21 58,784 posts
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    The cosby show is filmed in front of a live studio audience

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  • nickthegun 4 Feb 2013 12:28:22 58,784 posts
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    .

    Edited by nickthegun at 12:28:31 04-02-2013

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  • Deckard1 4 Feb 2013 12:31:44 27,147 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    It's definitely live audience although I'm sure they've done a fair bit of cutting up and splicing and re-shooting as well, so some track is probably in there.

    I almost think Seinfeld gets better with age. Was watching "The Switch" the other day and was properly rolling around. So clever.

    I think Seinfeld is like Fawlty Towers or something, in that it's so meticulously crafted that it just timeless. The best ones will never stop being funny.
    Apparently they used to rehearse in front of a live audience and then they used that over the stuff they filmed.

    Edited by Deckard1 at 12:37:31 04-02-2013
  • Load_2.0 4 Feb 2013 12:33:07 18,893 posts
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    Kramers lawyer Jackie could have had his own show.

    Though serenity now is probably my favourite episode.
  • kickerconspiracy 4 Feb 2013 12:34:01 495 posts
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    @MrTomFTW

    Incidentally Sam Fox is ageing well.

  • Cosquae 4 Feb 2013 12:36:35 1,207 posts
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    Aged well : Yes Minister / Prime Minister.

    Aged not-so-well : This morning's yogurt.
  • Sponz 4 Feb 2013 12:37:03 623 posts
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    Manimal was fucking terrible in the 80's, I dont think time wouldve helped that along, other than to almost erase it from memory.

    Airwolf was absolutely awesome as a kid, but now, it seems that every episode recycles the same exploding chopper/jet/vehicle sequences.

    Blue Thunder though, watched the blu-ray of that recently, and its still ok.

    And you lot are heartless fuckers if you dont like Red Dwarf now, and you did then.
  • kalel 4 Feb 2013 12:37:25 86,344 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    Kramers lawyer Jackie could have had his own show.
    I always thought George's parents were ripe for a spin-off.

    I think a Kramer spin-off was under consideration after if finished, and they sort of did it with some thing about him being a PI, although it wasn't actually officially Kramer, just him playing the part exactly the same.
  • Deckard1 4 Feb 2013 12:39:28 27,147 posts
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    I'm guessing that's before he lexxed out.
  • kalel 4 Feb 2013 12:40:31 86,344 posts
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    Yes, that was pre jumping the Crispy.
  • EMarkM 4 Feb 2013 12:42:23 3,173 posts
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    I've been warned by a friend who invested in the DVD not to destroy my fond memories of Battle of the Planets by rewatching.

    Traaaaaaaansmute !
  • ComradePete 4 Feb 2013 16:07:52 474 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Yep, except I can't bear Dad's Army (it's really toothless and inoffensive, that's not how you do comedy).
    Watch the first series - there's the occasional moment of utter seriousness when you realise that these were men prepared to die defending their country.

    The later series were shit slapstick nonsense agreed but the first two series are brilliant.
  • Zomoniac 4 Feb 2013 16:17:49 7,792 posts
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    Cosquae wrote:
    Aged well : Yes Minister / Prime Minister.

    Aged not-so-well : This morning's yogurt.
    Aged well : Yes Minister / Prime Minister.

    Aged not-so-well : The new Yes Prime Minister
  • RedSparrows 4 Feb 2013 16:25:38 22,030 posts
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    I've only seen ads for the new YPM, and whilst the jokes take longer than a few seconds to build, it didn't make me want to watch it, and I LOVE the old series.
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