TVI would like to discuss three shows that the masses seem to find quite humourous. The general consensus from what I read online or in magazines and newspapers is that these three shows are each very successful with a devoted fan-base. A couple of these shows are regularly celebrated come award time, showered with Emmys and Goldon Globes. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person in the world not laughing at the following trio of sitcoms.

Friends - This is the last season of Friends. Millions of people throughout North America base their Thursday night around this sitcom about six friends living in Manhattan. The build-up to the finale is already underway..tears are already being shed. I can hardly wait. I haven't seen five minutes of this show in years. Do you know why? Because it stinks. It's not funny, the characters are annoying and the story lines are weak. I have never understood the worship of this show. It's terrible.

Everybody Loves Raymond - It seems this show cleans up at every year's Emmy Awards. The old guy's winning, the old lady's winning, the mechanic from Seinfeld is winning. Everybody is winning awards and everybody seems to love this show. I don't get it. This show is annoying and not the least bit funny. Do people know what funny is anymore? Seinfeld was funny. The Simpsons are funny. Curb Your Enthusiasm is funny. Everybody Loves Raymond is not funny!!!

8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter - Let me start by stating that I never saw a minute of this show while John Ritter was alive. When he suddenly passed away during the filming of an episode a couple of weeks ago, I found myself reading piece after piece about what ABC was going to do with his show in his absence. I read about how 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter was ABC's hightest rated sitcom with a fairly large fan base. I also read that they had three episodes in the can when Jack Tripper kicked the bucket, so I had to give it a shot.

I sat down and watched the season premier of this show with the very long title and it was brutal. I didn't laugh once. I didn't even crack a smile. And what's with the laugh track? According to the studio audience, I was watching The Naked Gun. Will people watch anything these days? Will people laugh at anything these days?

Just say no to mediocre sitcom trash.

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