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Why Are We Hooked On Sitcoms?

When watching one of your best loved Sitcom, do you ever find yourself saying, “the season/series was amazing, a bit slow at the start but definitely got better as it went on”? Despite watching that pilot episode that in hindsight doesn’t look like the most gripping episode of a series, at the time of your viewing, it does the trick and has you coming back for more. The Smoovie looks at why.

The Characters

One of the first striking things about any TV Sticom is the characters. Everyone remembers the womanising Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother or the well intentioned but highly inept Phil Dunphy from Modern Family. It is these stand out characters that stick in our heads and draw out our intrigue. “What else do these characters have to offer?” “What is their relationship with the other characters we have met?” These questions run through our heads as viewers and it is memorable characters that are part of the appeal of any good TV series.

The Plot 

Naturally we begin to think about the story. “Who does what with who?” Another key question that keeps us hooked to the screen. This is where the characters come in. What is old school Jay’s response going to be to his gay son Mitchell in Modern Family? How will Liz cope with new boss Jack in 30 Rock? Hence we get the situation and our eyes light up for the comedic potential.

The Writing

The writing is of course the machinery behind the gags, characters and situations. It has to be catchy, edgy, and clever. Originality is what it comes down to. The “legendary” joke in HIMYM is, well, legen…wait for it…dary. And it is a joke that is reinvented along with Barney’s million and one other catch phrases. Clever jokes and even funnier situations is what we like to see and the best Sitcoms deliver just that. Modern Family is brilliant at pitching a fastball packed with crazy situations involving children and adults alike.

The Lasting Potential

Finally as a viewer we have to invest in this show and we think, “will this show last?” The best shows last if they can successfully pull together unforgettable characters, and enticing plot and masterful writing. Two And A Half Men (before the whole Charlie sheen thing) had lasting potential with Jake growing up and Charlie teasing the idea of a wedding. HIMYM’s potential is in its name, the story of how Ted met the mother of the title. Little in-jokes such as the pineapple, the goat and slap bets keep the situations running making a long term investment in the show seem worthwhile.

So next time you are watching your favourite Sitcom, just remember why you cant get enough of it. We were all tricked by some great writing, characters and situations, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Piven’s Crowd ‘Know Nothing’ About Two And A Half Men Rumours..

Charlie Sheen’s exit from the hit US sitcom Two and a Half Men is set in stone after clashes with Chuck Lorre and Warner Brothers, revelation of his drug addiction and stories of his wild lifestyle. But who (if anyone) will fill his booze-addled shoes?

Despite suggestions that Charlie may be rehired for the show, Jeremy Piven is a name that appears to be linked to the role of Charlie Harper, although Piven’s rep Stan Rosenfield told E! News: “[Neither Piven] nor anyone who reps him knows anything about this.”

Although it is unclear who will succeed Charlie Sheen, there is no doubt that the wit and vulgarity of Charlie Harper will be hard to recreate.

As well as the uncertainty surrounding the future of Two and a Half Men, there is an unpredictable outlook for Sheen’s career. With three million Twitter fans, a host of t-shirts dedicated to the star, and a new tour across the US called My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option, the expectation and hype around the star is high.

The question is, will Charlie Sheen be able to deliver, or will it be time to go back to his “shrink”, as the trailer for the last episode of Two and a Half Men amusingly highlights?

(This article was originally published at onthebox.com