Creator: Sherwood Schwartz
Holy crap, the same guy who created Gilligan’s Island. Who knew?
From what I remember, a fairly inoffensive show that wasn’t ever funny but for some reason I watched a lot of it. One thing I do remember vividly was their vacation to Hawaii. Remember that idol Greg found? Something like that. It caused problems for whomever had it. I think a tarantula came by, because of course. And then Greg wiped out on his surfboard and nearly broke his neck. I don’t even remember how it ended. But I do remember that I had fucking nightmares for a week because of that episode. I was literally terrified that this idol was under my bed and some unnamed horror was going to happen. Seriously, whose parents allow a seven year-old to watch Brady Bunch?
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It’s funny that the creator is the same, because this is the other show that was part of that same joke – something about the show being immensely popular but nobody admitting to watching it.
My cousins would always watch this when they came over, and I could never figure out why. They’d ask why I wasn’t laughing, and I’d say it was for the same reason that they weren’t. It wasn’t funny. My older cousin legitimately didn’t seem to know that she never laughed at it.
I’ve noticed that about myself. There are comedies I thought I loved, then when I tried to remember laughing, I couldn’t. And then I wonder why I watched a show just because it was comfortable.
Same deal with “Friends.” I lost count of how many people called into question me not thinking it was funny, only to sit there with me as silent as I was.
I certainly have comfort shows (The Simpsons, MST3K) but I still laugh at them.
Every single show so far has been a comedy. I’m guessing comedies are more often comfort shows than dramas. Also, I think comedies more easily get by with being bad than dramas do.
I remember thinking as a kid that there weren’t a lot of bad dramas. Turned out there were, but most of them died a quick death. Bad comedy gets a pass because people are afraid to be the only ones not laughing, I think.