Sitcoms are more than just a pastime, they are a way of life in North America. Most common dialogues usually end with some reference to a famous character from the Sitcoms. The lingo is used to make common references and draw parallels between a person’s behavior and TV character.
Whether it is a college cafeteria or an office mess, someone in the room will end up cracking a joke from a sitcom, for eg. a foodie friend will get titled as Joey from Friends. It’s a way to share, interact, relate to a situation/character in almost any setting. The light mood of sitcoms and no adversity at the end of each episode keeps it easy, saves time as well as does not make you get caught up in the unnecessary emotions – an effect of most of the TV serials.
It’s far-reaching to be funny, especially in a new setting. When in foreign land, knowing a bit of pop culture helps you break the ice . You can achieve this by doing some homework on sitcoms. Here is a list of 5 popular sitcoms which get commonly referenced:
Friends: This one does not need much introduction. An American Television Sitcom that revolves around six 20- 30 (years old) friends living in Manhattan.It has incredible punchlines in almost every episode which will make you laugh out loud even on re-runs.
Seinfeld: This one is the continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. Another one with unique characters which are all bold and interesting in their own ways.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative – Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans. The start of the legend known as Will Smith. You will remember the dialogues and puns but before that, you are bound to be hooked to the intro rap sung by Will Smith himself.
Two and a half men: A hedonistic jingle writer’s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house. This one has got the women and the funny all in one and, it’s fair to say that it won’t be as funny without Charlie Sheen.
The Big Bang Theory: A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. The character development in general and in each episode is implausible. Each character will grow on you over time and you will laugh and chuckle at almost every corner.
Watching these over time has made me create a line between the affectionate and the disengaged. It’s about understanding social norms and identifying distinct characters in gatherings and relating them to one or the other characters from these Sitcoms. It’s also about finding positivity and fundamental compassion that drives us all in achieving our goals of self and sustainable development.
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