Theme Times – Top 40 Sitcoms

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Robyn of The Robyn Bird Nest

Mel of Crushed Caramel

Suze of Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood

Paula of Light Motifs II

Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

Li of Tao Talk

Julie de Rohan

Fandango of This, That and The Other

Lady D of 3C Style

Sadje of Keep it Alive

Melanie of Sparksfromacombustiblemind

Golden Girls

10

Four mature women live together in Miami and experience the joys and angst of their golden years. Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche and matriarch Sophia, Dorothy’s mom, occasionally clash but are there for one another in the end. After all, when the show’s theme song is titled `Thank You for Being a Friend’, the ladies have to remain friendly with one another.

Mr Bean

9

Mr Bean turns the most ordinary situations into moments of excruciating embarrassment.

Blackadder

8

The first in a four-series run of historical comedies written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, `Black Adder’ tells a revisionist tale of events at the end of the British Middle Ages. After a triumphant King Richard III emerges from the Battle of Bosworth Field, only to be accidentally assassinated by Edmund Plantagenet (a snivelling, dim-witted Atkinson), the king’s nephew, the Duke of York, takes the throne and is crowned Richard IV. A startling coincidence, however, is the fact that Edmund is the son of the new king, although he’s barely acknowledged by his own father. Edmund, in concert with pathetic sidekick Lord Percy and disgusting manservant Baldrick, attempts to overhaul his image – he takes on the title `The Black Adder’ – and plot ways to gain more power.

Only Fools and Horses

7

Del Boy Trotter, his brother Rodney and their Uncle Albert want to get rich. In fact, that’s Del Boy’s mantra: “This time next year, we’ll be millionaires,” he says frequently. The trouble is, their get-rich schemes usually involve the sale of dodgy goods, and almost always backfire. When not trying to sell questionable merchandise through their unregistered company, Trotters Independent Traders, they can be found at the Nag’s Head pub.

Married with Children

6

The antithesis of the loving “Cosby Show” family, “Married … With Children” focused on the Bundys, a suburban Chicago family who would rather eat nails than say a kind word to one another. Al, the patriarch, is a misogynistic shoe salesman, whose wife, Peggy, is a housewife who does no work around the house. Saying their children, Kelly and Bud, do not have a lot going for them is an understatement. This biting comedy focuses on the couple’s constant verbal sparring over their slacker kids, their lack of money, success and intimacy.

Frasier

5

Dr. Frasier Crane, a successful Boston therapist, moves to Seattle to get a new start on life; he has a radio talk show, which he uses to relay his wit and wisdom to others, but at times he struggles with his own problems with his salt-of-the-earth father, his pretentious brother and his friends and co-workers.

Friends

4

Three young men and three young women — of the BFF kind — live in the same apartment complex and face life and love in New York. They’re not above sticking their noses into one another’s business and swapping romantic partners, which always leads to the kind of hilarity average people will never experience — especially during breakups.

Big Bang Theory

3

Mensa-fied best friends and roommates Leonard and Sheldon, physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, may be able to tell everybody more than they want to know about quantum physics, but getting through most basic social situations, especially ones involving women, totally baffles them. How lucky, then, that babe-alicious waitress/aspiring actress Penny moves in next door. Frequently seen hanging out with Leonard and Sheldon are friends and fellow Caltech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. Will worlds collide? Does Einstein theorize in the woods?

M*A*S*H

2

Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077’s people are Capts. Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce and “Trapper John” McIntire, Majs. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan and Frank Burns, and Cpl. Walter “Radar” O’Reilly.

Grace and Frankie

1

For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. This Netflix original re-teams Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5”) as Grace and Frankie, respectively, bringing their chemistry to the small screen. It’s a casting reunion on a grand scale, as Tomlin is reunited with her co-star from “The West Wing,” Martin Sheen, who plays Grace’s husband, Robert. And Fonda is back with Sam Waterston, her co-star from “The Newsroom,” who plays Frankie’s husband, Sol.

So there we go folks the Top 40 sitcoms!

Below is a classic l have always loved …

The Vicar of Dibley

When their elderly vicar passes away, congregation members in Dibley are surprised to find that a woman has been assigned to their parish. And not just any woman — Geraldine Granger is outgoing, vivacious and fun-loving, as well as caring and committed to her flock. However, her ebullient ways do not initially endear her to the head of the Parish Council, an old-fashioned gentleman farmer who’s not a fan of change. Hilarity ensues as Geraldine tries to win over the stodgy council members while staying true to herself and her pastorate.

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