Originally Posted by Red Brooklyn
Totally. I get that. But it doesn't work for me. They're so abnoxious and unsympathetic and irritating that it doesn't make me want to unite against them - even in laughter - it just makes me say "who gives a shit" and change the channel.
But, obviously, I'm in the minority. Most everyone I know loves AD with a passion. But for my tastes, I think The Office, 30 Rock, It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia and Family Guy are all smarter/funnier shows. So far. I'll see if I can ever get around to finishing S1 and see how I feel.
Then just enjoy it for the scripted visual and sementical puns.
The two Sunday Brunches on the Show are Skip Church's and Miss Temple's.
Or the time GOB bought a boat with company money and names it The Seaward. Michael scolds him and tells him he has to sell it as the company needs that money. Conversation ends with Michael yelling 'get rid of The Seaward,' only to reveal Mother standing behind them . . "I'm standing right here Michael"
The appeal of AD is that it just goes for the funny, and goes at it from every angle. Stupid puns, visuals, voiceovers [the sublime episode where Opie Cunningham keeps railing about how a competing show's voiceover guy is a hack], long form gags, recurring gags, gags that refer to real life [the juxtaposing of Theron's lovable character with a still of her role in Monster], gags that don't show themselves until repeated viewing [in the scene immediately prior to Buster losing his arm to a seal, he's sitting on a park bench advertising Army Officer Training, only Busters sitting just so that the bench reads 'Arm Off']
To this day, I can't think of the whole baseball/sex analogy without thinking of what George Jr. and Maebe did and the quick cutaway of Pete Rose sliding into third and giggling.