I can barely remember the sketch show that featured Steven Cobert, Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris (to the point I can't remember the name, it was named after some road) but now that Colbert is big it would be huge. The same goes for kids shows.
There is nothing worse than bad sketch comedy. As someone who is a fan of the genre it tears me up inside.
On a semi related note, I bought the complete third season of SNL and good gravy is it a hard watch. Maybe just cause I don't grasp all of the topical references
I was trying to watch my way through all the seasons of SNL on Netflix and my god it gets painful during the early 80's Ended up having to skip forward to about season 11 or so before it was watchable.
The 90's had some good ones in the early part of the decade. But as with most good things oversaturation became prevelant and the decline started.
I recall Nickelodeon's "Welcome Freshmen" being well recieved at first but suffering and ceing canceled. I think you could make a case that around this period they just started churning them out and not caring how good they were
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Post by HMARK Center on Jan 3, 2011 13:41:28 GMT -5
A big part of the equation is growing up: kid's humor simply won't appeal to a person nearly as much after awhile, at least not most kid's humor. It's why a lot of the enduring shows are those that have different things to laugh at; kids laugh at one thing, an older audience can laugh at something else (without compromising that it's a kid's show at heart).
That said, mass production is a bigger factor today; there's less room, it seems, for experimentation and risk taking in childrens' entertainment, as the money involved in making cable shows has skyrocketed since the 80's and even the late 90's. It's safer to follow the money making formula (the same way a lot of animation studios did when making toy-commercial-centric cartoons in the 80's) than it is to experiment on a show like Pete and Pete, or You Can't Do That..., or whatever else.
That's not to slam all current kid's shows, as you can tell by my current picture here and in my sig, but as it was pointed out before, animation and live action are two different realms in kids' programming.
I do find it funny how anyone could criticize gross out humor in kid's shows today... when that was pretty much Ren and Stimpy's appeal (and, to a lesser extent, Rocko's Modern Life). That was also a huge part of "You can't do that on television" given that the Barth's Burgers sketch was in every episode at least once, IIRC.
It wasn't like it was all "The Adventures of Pete and Pete."
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I can barely remember the sketch show that featured Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris (to the point I can't remember the name, it was named after some road) but now that Colbert is big it would be huge. The same goes for kids shows.
Post by Gerard Gerard on Jan 3, 2011 21:02:08 GMT -5
They imported the likes of All That and The Amanda Show onto our Nickelodeon years and years ago, back in my kiddy days. It amazes me this dreckuousness can even be passed to air. It plays like an active attempt to dumbify kids as to keep the local supermarkets stocked up with staff. Dan Schneider should be ashamed of the tosh he's unleashed upon the world.