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Family Matters (1989)
Started out great, but kinda went downhill...
Let me just say that the first few seasons are some of my favorite television to watch ever. I can watch episodes from the first three seasons over and over and still be amused by them. I thought the show was fine without Urkel in its first season, The Quilt, False Arrest, Basketball Blues, the Party, Baker's Dozen, Straight A's, Bowl Me Over, Rock Video, The Dog, The Big Reunion, The Candidate, The Mama Who Came to Dinner, all of these are some of my favorite episodes of the entire show and some of the most memorable, and they all don't feature Steve at all or feature him very little. And this is when Steve was best, when he was featured just as a side character. A prime example of this is the episode In a Jam, which was the first episode that focused on life from Urkel's point of view, when he said the line "I'm a pretty good runner, but sooner or later you've gotta stop running" that was when he started to become a character with feelings and not just the annoying nerd next door. But still, it was about the Winslows, and Eddie debating with himself if he should help Urkel or not. The only episode from season 1 I don't care for is Stake-Out, just because of how Rachel convinced Harriette that Carl was cheating on her, even though she knew better. I'd say the second season of the show was the best overall season, it had the best balance of the family and Urkel. It also had the most emotional episodes, and dove deeper into some of the characters. I do wish that Rachel had stayed a writer, I liked the storyline of her as a writer more than her owning a restaurant. I also wish that Rodney had stayed on the show, even though he's not the greatest friend (makes fun of Eddie, turns his back on him, creates a fake report card, makes him choose between him and Steve), there was just something fun to watch about him. They should've at least writen him off in a proper way, like maybe Eddie had ended his friendship with him after he went to far. Season 2 had the best balance of humor with emotion, with episodes like Finding the Words, Fight the Good Fight and I Should've Done Something being the most emotional, way more emotional than anything in season 1. Then came season 3, which was also good for the first half. But during the second half, was where I think things went downhill. I feel like the writers started to rely more on cheap gimmicks, like Waldo's dumbness, Steve wrecking things, catch-phrases, over-the-top plots (Urkelcop), and Steve's creepy obsession with Laura. As a result, many of these episodes weren't quite as memorable, because of how much Urkel took over the show episodes started to have multiple plots, and because of this the plots didn't have enough time to fully develop. I wish we had gotten more stories with Richie, Rachel, Estelle (one of the funniest characters), and Judy who suddenly vanished about a year later. These episodes are still enjoyable, but I often find myself trying to remember which episodes are which, because of the multiple plotlines, and it also seemed like certain plots got reused, (Carl takes Harriette for granted, Steve drives away one of Laura's boyfriends and she gets mad at him for it, Steve tries to talk Eddie out of a stupid decision but Eddie goes ahead anyway), this became how the show was for the second half of season 3 and throughout season 4. Still enjoyable definitely, (except for overdoing some of Urkel's catch phrases), but just not on the same level of enjoyment and quality as the first few seasons, and not as memorable. Then, in the middle of season 4, came on of my least favorite characters, Myra! I don't know why I hate this character so much, but I just do, I only liked her in the first episode she appeared. After that she became a crazy nutcase stalker, and her obsession with Steve and how she thought Laura wanted him just wasn't funny. This is when the show went from 'Family Matters' to 'The Lovelife of Steve Urkel.' Season 5 was okay, it still had some good episodes, but some of my favorite characters were used less in favor for more annoying and unlikable ones. Eddie became kind of a selfish jerk who only cared about girls, Laura just became a flat and boring character and lost the spunk she once had, and Urkel wasn't quite as funny. Waldo's dumbness was now overdone and not funny anymore, now it just made you wonder how this guy even got out of bed in the morning. Carl and Harriette pretty much stayed the same, but thanks to the takeover of Urkel the adults didn't get as much attention and when they did their plots weren't as interesting. I didn't care for Stefan either, I think Steve never should've brought him back a second time. If Laura couldn't accept him for who he was already, then he should have not continued to be her personal doormat. Season 6 was just kind of boring but there was nothing really bad about it, it seemed like they were trying to go back to focus on the family but it just felt stale at this point. Seasons 7 and 8 then became about Urkel again and were more over-the-top, and I honestly don't dislike season 9 as much as others seem to. I like it better than seasons 6-8. I'm glad that Steve and Laura ended up together, even if Laura was sort of shallow, there were many clues throughout the show that they would end up together. Overall I love the first 3 to 4 seasons of this show and some of 5 is okay, but I don't really care about watching seasons 6-8 anymore, even though as a kid I enjoyed them. But that's just the thing, I feel like those seasons are too cartoonish, and because of Urkel's voice at this time it became hard to take him serious. The balance between comedy and drama in these seasons was not as smooth as before, which made otherwise powerful episodes like The Gun feel awkward.
I'd say that this show is funnier than Full House, but that Full House is more enjoyable and pleasant to watch, and remained good for a longer period. Unlike this show, Full House actually came back up in the last few seasons after it had went downhill. Full House also had better chemistry between the characters and the actors playing them felt more comfortable, but this show had funnier lines, at least in the earlier seasons.
Full House (1987)
How can you hate this show?
How can you hate a show with Uncle Jesse in it? I mean he just has that charm and likability about him that even if you don't like some parts of the show, you can't just disregard it as "trash." I mean Fresh Prince, Family Matters, Home Improvement, Roseanne, George Lopez, Family Ties, Growing Pains etc are all great shows in their own unique way, they are, but that is not to say that they are better than this show. They all have a certain character that makes them great and unique, but none of those shows have an Uncle Jesse in them.
I like most of the characters in this show, Jesse is of course my favorite, Danny is a good character even though he gets a lot of hate thrown his way, Deej and Steph are good for the most part, and Michelle is...well okay, depending on the episode. Then there's Joey, I felt that they could of done more with Joey to develop him as a character. People often say this show is corny and cheesy, the only thing that really bugs me as "cheesy" is the Mr. Woodchuck bit that Joey would do for a while, how he would always say, "it's made of, ...wood!", it was cute the first time but then it got old. The situations involving Michelle can also be kind of cheesy at times. I feel that this show isn't as funny as Family Matters and the lines aren't as well written, but this has better chemistry and the actors feel more comfortable in their characters than that show (I especially liked the chemistry between Joey and Jesse particularly in the first season), and plus even though FM was probably better at its best than Full House was, this show remained good for a longer period and the characters were more likable as they aged. I especially liked the relationship between DJ and Steve, which says something as I am not one to usually care about the relationships in a show, I care more about the comedy, situations and dialogue. I do feel that this show is more enjoyable than Boy Meets World though, because with BMW in the later seasons it was so overly dramatic almost in every episode, and Cory was just such a downer over the little things. Also, people say this show is too preachy at times, and I'm not denying that it can be, but I always felt like I was being preached at more when I was watching BMW.
This show is definitely better than Step by Step though in every way possible, no question!
Is it funnier than The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? No! But is it more down to earth and good energy? Yes. I'd rather spend a day with the Tanners over the Banks', easally! This show was able to be funny and enjoyable without relying on cheap insults and put-downs, for instance as I said I like Fresh Prince but all the Carlton is short jokes, and 'white people' jokes get old and mean at times, because I mean let's be real, maybe it's funny on the show but there are really people in real life who are short and can't do anything about it, so making fun of them isn't cool. At least fat people can lose weight (Uncle Phil), Joey can grow up and stop watching cartoons all the time, but a short person can not grow taller.
I wanted to like it, but...
It is an okay show, and I'll watch it if nothing else is on, but it isn't that great or funny. This wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the character Saundra, gosh she annoyed the crap out of me! I can deal with an average or somewhat boring show, but throw in an annoying and unlikable stuck up character like that and it ruins the show! Plus, it brands itself as a family show, especially with the theme song, but it isn't really about the family that much as shows like the Cosby Show, Family Matters and even Fresh Prince are, it is more about the adults and their lovelives. It seems to be more of a show made for black women, and I am not a black female, but I could see why black females would like this. I'd still watch this over crap like 'The Parkers' or 'Living Single' though, that's for sure!
Bucket and Skinner's not so epic adventures
I guess this show was alright, better than crap like Sam and Cat that's for sure, but it was pretty boring and forgettable. The only thing I can really remember about it as that Skinner had a lisp, so 'Bucket and Skinner's Not So Epic Adventures' I guess.
The Masked Singer (2019)
Can we just talk about how the entire show is scripted?
I mean throughout the first season it was Pain-fully obvious who the monster was, but the judges tried to act like they had no idea who it was, and consistently through out all guess from random singers like Justin Bieber, to people very close to who it actually was, but they never said his actual name. And then...he is the winner of the show! A day later he releases an album! I mean how could they not know him? I guess I could understand if Jenny or Ken didn't know him but the rest of them had to have known who it was, I mean come on!
People seem to be criticizing the show and are surprised at how bad it is, but when you remember that Nick Cannon is involved it all makes sense.
And the "judges" are meh, Ken is cringy and tries too hard, Jenny is pretty dry and boring, Robin seems too serious and comes across as if he thinks he's something really special, and Nicole tries too hard to act excited when you can tell that she'd probably rather be doing something better like using her own singing voice rather than trying to guess who other singers are. It also doesn't help that she is buddies with Ken on the show and she tends to act like the people she's around. She doesn't seem like she's being herself here. And oh yeah, then there's Nick Cannon, who not much needs to be said about, because I mean it's Nick Cannon. I was honestly shocked to hear that this was the most popular show on TV last year.
Living Single (1993)
Black females only
This is a decent show to watch I guess if you're a black female but otherwise na.
My Wife and Kids (2001)
Started out good, but severely went downhill...
Well it started out great in season 1, then in season 2 it wasn't quit as great but still was pretty good and funny, and season 3 was pretty good too, but then by the time season 4 came you could tell the show was going downhill, and season 5 was virtually unwatchable. For one thing the plots started getting ridiculous and stupid, the humor became cheap and pretty childish and relied on more physical humor rather than being naturally funny and having well written lines and dialogue. Then there's the characters, which I could probably write an entire essay on, who drastically declined over the years. They went from normal flawed yet likable characters to annoying, unlikable jerks in a matter of years. At first the plots were simple, realistic and relatable, but by the end they just became so stupid and random, like when Michael got addicted to some game, or how Jay wanted to practice celibacy, or just other plots revolving around Jr.'s dumbness, like when he gave Katy the wrong medication. As for the characters, Jay went from a loving and supportive yet somewhat pushy and needy wife and mother to a loud, annoying, manipulative, nag of a wife whose over-the-top frustration was over-exadurated for the sake of humor, only it was not funny. She often used her hot body and "all of this" to get Michael to give into anything she wanted, and it just made her come across as immature and cheap, and reinforced the stereotype that all women are good for are their sex and hot bodies, and that those things are the only reasons for putting up with them. This is similar to shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, where the wife uses sex as a way to get her husband to do whatever she wanted, except Jay was actually sexy and fine unlike Debra from Raymond. Then there's Michael, who went from a loving and somewhat overprotective father to an ultimate man-child, who often neglected his entire family and only cared about sports and sex, and yet again this was used for humor. He often went through great lenghths just to teach his family lessons, and often got joy out of their suffering. At first this was toned down and funny, but by season 3, this and his "ehh...na" got old and annoying. Then there's the son, Jr., who went from a normal teenage boy who got bad grades, was irrisponsible and a little too girl-crazy, to basically the dumbest person alive, to the point where his dumbness wasn't even believable anymore. Again, this was overused for humor. And then we have the Claire character, who of course was replaced, but it's not the replacement that bothers me; it's the character. The first Claire was actually a more complex character who had problems that people could understand and relate to, but the second Claire was just your typical hot popular girl, who was obsessed with her looks, boys, clothes, and was shallow. Basically, to me, she was Bridget from 8 Simple Rules of this show, but without any personality or carisma, or character development. Because while Bridget was all of those things as well, since she was one of the main characters of that show the writers had to make her somewhat enjoyable to watch and gave her shallow character some charm, basically making a character who should be unlikeable, likable. They don't do that with the second Claire. While the second Claire was extremely sexy, she just wasn't a very convincing character and didn't seem natural or interesting, you didn't care about her or her problems. She was made into kind of a dits, and we already had Jr. as the "dumb" character, so we didn't need another one. The only time I really felt any emotion or was moved by her was when Jr. was going to leave for college, and she tried to deny that she would miss him, and then broke down. Then of course there's Katy, who was...well alright, but even in the first season she was my least favorite. They tried to use her as "the cute little kid" character, but she just didn't have that cute factor and came off as more whiny and annoying, and as the show went on she became even more annoying and tried too hard to be funny,...along with...,her boyfriend Franklin! I'll say that little Frankin-doodle was good at first in moderation, like how he would often be the voice of reason for Michael and help him with his problems, and how he could play the piano so well, but by season 4 he became overused and his drooling over Katy was kind of corny at times and...well weird. And last, there's Tony, the boyfriend of Claire, who I didn't really care for. It seemed like in the later seasons that Tony became just a way to make fun of christians or "good guys" and people who do the right thing, making them out to be weak and crybabies. Like seriously, Tony's crying over losing Claire in one episode and how he felt like he was sinning against God for finding Claire sexy were some of the most cringe-worthy things on this entire show, and again, like everything else, was overplayed. At the end of the day, I still love the first season and like the 2nd season, and the 3rd season was pretty good too, and I would be glad if that came to dvd at some point. As far as seasons 4 and 5, I don't care as much, maybe I'd buy season 4 on DVD but I don't think I'd mind if season 5 never got released. Season 5 is pretty much only worth watching for how sexy Tisha Campbell (Jay) and "all of this", and Jennifer Freeman (Claire) are, but that still isn't enough to make up for all the shortcomings, because when I watch these episodes all I am doing is lusting after them, rather than actually laughing and enjoying the show. And again, sometimes their over-exaggeration, (Jay's screaming at Michael, Claire's crying), can actually be a turn off and take away from their sexiness, so then there's really not a reason to watch at all. It's really too bad, because this show started out great and could've been a lot more, but when watching season 5 it's easy to see why this show got canceled. I honestly don't want to imagine how awful season 6 would've been if it had been made, judging as how bad season 5 was and how shows usually only go more downhill and don't get better.
According to Jim (2001)
Sure it can be pretty repetitive and predictable (Jim messes up or lies, and he and Andy try to hide it from Cheryl), and I don't like how the characters don't have last names or much backstories, but it's still a really funny show. The things Andy and Jim say are hilarious, and plus Jim's delivery is great. My favorite episode was the one where Jim made up an imaginary friend so he wouldn't have to go to boring events with Cheryl. The episode where Jim told the teacher that Cheryl couldn't read to get less homework for Rubby was also really funny. I don't know why this show gets any more hate than any other sitcom out there nowadays.
Smart Guy (1997)
This was a cool and fun show, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it somehow since I wasn't around to watch it when it was on the air. Definitely remids me a lot of Family Matters and other family shows of the time, maybe if it had been on ABC it would've lasted longer.
Good episode once you like the show, but a bad episode if you're still trying to get into the show.
I used to hate this show. I kept giving it chance after chance and still hated it, but then finally I saw the right episodes and started to see the greatness in this show. Now that I like the show and am use to its tone and delivery, I enjoy this episode. I think this is a bad episode to introduce somebody to the show though since the plot moves pretty slow and there isn't that much interaction between characters, since its mostly just Ray and Michael for most of the episode. Thankfully we do get to see Robert, Frank and Marie in a small part of the episode.
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)
I used to hate this show, but...
I finally caught the right episodes and was able to see the greatness of it. I wrote a pretty negative review, saying that I gave this show chance after chance and it always failed, and was about to give up on it, but finally I saw a few certain episodes that were able to change my opinion on the show. After seeing those episodes and beginning to like and appreciate the humor and style of the show, I was then able to rewatch other episodes and see them in a new way than I did before, and was now able to like episodes that I had previously hated. Even though I thought I hated the show, there was still something that brought me back to it again and again, you'd think if you hated a show that you'd avoid it, but for some reason I kept watching this show trying to get something out of it that I didn't even believed existed, but then I finally did. I have never did such a 180 on my opinion of a show before, but this is the ultimate grower show. The things that I first hated about the show and the characters started to grow on me, and eventually became things I liked about it.