Humor, Life, Musings, Reflections

When did I quit laughing?

All right, I haven’t quit laughing totally, but as far as television viewing I laugh a lot less than I used to. That fact occurred to me recently when I saw a candy bar commercial featuring Abe Vigoda and Betty White. Of course, Barney Miller and Golden Girls popped into my mind. Then I started thinking of all the sitcoms I used to watch, from The Dick Van Dyke show to Jerry Seinfeld, which was probably the last one I made a point to watch weekly.

Is it my age? It’s a sobering thought to think I might reach an age where I no longer have a sense of humor. But that’s not the case now. I can laugh. I like to laugh. And especially late at night as I drink a glass of wine while watching reruns, I do laugh—unless I’ve tuned in Law & Order. That’s the problem really: somewhere along the line I switched my viewing preference to drama.

Is there a TV aficionado out there? Did the ratio of TV drama to sitcom used to be different than now? While I was busy watching M*A*S*H and Cheers and The Cosby Show, what dramas did I ignore?

I believe at one time I watched at least one sitcom a night. Sometime during the 90’s I even got hooked on British sitcoms. Now, I regularly watch none … from any country. And now that I think of it, I don’t see many movies that are comedies either. Wow! I might be turning into a real sourpuss. I think I’d better order Spinal Tap from Netflix.

Do you watch less comedy than you used to?

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23 thoughts on “When did I quit laughing?”

  1. I’ve been watching Spin City on youtube. Someone went through and uploaded all the episodes into segments. Three segments per show. Works great. Great writing, snappy dialog and Michael J. Fox. What could be better?

    I watch something funny every day. The only current thing I find amusing on a regular basis on tv these days is The Big Bang Theory. And that’s only because I know those guys-well guys JUST like them- in real life. [but the real life guys are not nearly as funny]


  2. It’s true, sitcoms are not what they used to be. I remember laughing out loud at Friends and Seinfeld.
    I watch so little TV since I started writing. I make time for Lost but not much else. I hear The Office is funny.
    My DVR is full of shows back from early February. One day I’ll get to them.


      1. Dayner, after last night’s episode, I’m more confused than ever. I’ve had a feeling (or maybe just hoping strongly) that Sayid has been faking his “deadness” and I do NOT believe he killed Desmond. And somehow I think Locke is coming back as the real Locke.


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