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Most successful sitcoms?
« on: November 12, 2020, 04:48:07 PM »
I don't know if this is worth a thread, but it occured to me the other day that Ted Danson has been a star of three different sitcoms that have been "successes" (multi-season runs on network TV) - "Cheers", "Becker" and "The Good Place" (and he has another one coming fairly soon).

Michael J Fox had two hits (Family Ties and Spin City) and a few that only made it to one season.

It's a bit different in the UK, but Rik Mayall  had "The Young Ones", "The New Statesman" and "Bottom".

Is there someone with more longevity / success I've not mentioned? Or is this a bad idea for a thread? You be the judge!

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2020, 04:52:12 PM »
Is there someone with more longevity / success I've not mentioned? Or is this a bad idea for a thread? You be the judge!

If writers/producers count, then John Sullivan?  James L. Brooks? 

Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 04:53:05 PM »
Henry Winkler? Happy Days, Arrested Development, Parks & Recreation, Barry

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2020, 05:02:05 PM »
Kelsey Grammer played the same character (Dr Fraiser Crane) in two different sitcoms for over 20 years.

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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2020, 05:05:28 PM »
I Love Lucy (180 episodes)
The Lucy Show (136 episodes)
Here's Lucy (144 episodes)

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2020, 05:06:21 PM »
I don't know if this is worth a thread, but it occured to me the other day that Ted Danson has been a star of three different sitcoms that have been "successes" (multi-season runs on network TV) - "Cheers", "Becker" and "The Good Place" (and he has another one coming fairly soon).

Michael J Fox had two hits (Family Ties and Spin City) and a few that only made it to one season.

It's a bit different in the UK, but Rik Mayall  had "The Young Ones", "The New Statesman" and "Bottom".

Is there someone with more longevity / success I've not mentioned? Or is this a bad idea for a thread? You be the judge!

Young Ones, Filthy Rich and Bottom were more or less.the same show,I think? At least they were all spin offs of each other.

Ronnie Barker had two long running and contrasting sitcoms at the same time - Porridge and Open all Hours.

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2020, 05:10:17 PM »
David Jason with Open All Hours, Only Fools and Horses and Father Ted.

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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2020, 05:17:30 PM »
Could say Jeffrey Tambor (Larry Sanders/Arrested Development/Transparent/Archer) or
Julia Louis Dreyfus (Seinfeld/New Adventures of Old Christine- never seen but she won an Emmy for it/Veep/Curb at a push)

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2020, 05:20:24 PM »
David Jason with Open All Hours, Only Fools and Horses and Father Ted.

Says he was given the part of Corporal Jones in Dad's Army as well, but some bigwig at the Beeb vetoed it fer Dunn (Verdun)

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2020, 05:22:41 PM »
Does The Darling Buds of May count as well?

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2020, 05:22:46 PM »
If we're talking about actors, then Matt Berry as Matt Berry in

Darkplace
Snuff Box
The IT Crowd
Toast Of London
House Of Fools

and many others

Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2020, 05:41:09 PM »
Ricky Gervais. Sue me.

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2020, 05:44:00 PM »
Lets not forget the imperious Paul Shane in...

Hi De Hi
You Rang M'Lord
Oh Doctor Beeching

Or Su Pollard in...

Hi De Hi
You Rang M'Lord
Oh Doctor Beeching

Or Jeffrey Holland in...

Hi De Hi
You Rang M'Lord
Oh Doctor Beeching


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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2020, 06:16:31 PM »
Holland breaks the tie by appearing in It Ain't Half Hot, Mum.

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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2020, 06:22:48 PM »
Young Ones, Filthy Rich and Bottom were more or less.the same show,I think?

Oh do fuck off

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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2020, 06:51:59 PM »
Rowan Atkinson in:
    The Black Adder
    Blackadder II
    Blackadder the Third
    Blackadder Goes Forth
    Mr Bean
    The Thin Blue Line

That's three things even if you count all the Blackadders as one.

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2020, 07:09:06 PM »
Reading the liner notes for the Monty Python boxset, it seems like comedians and writers used to just have TV show after TV show, loads of which I've never heard of and some (like At Last The 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set most famously) leading directly to the more famous things we know of. But the Pythons, Marty Feldman, David Frost, all these people have tons of credits against their names before they hit big.

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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2020, 09:15:52 PM »
schitt's creek

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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2020, 11:40:18 PM »
Hank Azaria in Simpsons, Brockmire, Herman's Head and more.

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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2020, 12:07:57 AM »
Nicholas Lyndhurst was in Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart, Butterflies, The Two of Us, The Piglet Files and After You've Gone (plus Going Straight, but that only lasted for one series).

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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2020, 12:33:45 AM »
June Whitfield.

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« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2020, 12:43:30 AM »
Young Ones, Filthy Rich and Bottom were more or less.the same show,I think? At least they were all spin offs of each other.

They weren't the same show at all, nor were they spin-offs from each other.

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« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2020, 12:59:49 AM »
Katey Sagal: Married with Children, Futurama, 8 Simple Rules, and everyone's favourite sitcom Sons of Anarchy

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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2020, 06:14:34 AM »
Katey Sagal: Married with Children, Futurama, 8 Simple Rules, and everyone's favourite sitcom Sons of Anarchy

And she's now Dan's love interest in the Rosanne-less 'The Conners'.

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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2020, 06:45:27 AM »
June Whitfield.

or indeed Dickie Briers.

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2020, 07:06:31 AM »
or indeed Dickie Briers.

Roughly the same show, or at least a spin-off, of June Whitfield.

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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2020, 09:16:23 AM »
They weren't the same show at all, nor were they spin-offs from each other.

In my head it's cannon that Rik and Vivian moved in with each other after college, Rik became apolitical and Vivian changed his name to a boy's name

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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2020, 10:21:17 AM »
In my head it's cannon that Rik and Vivian moved in with each other after college, Rik became apolitical and Vivian changed his name to a boy's name

Same for me. From the very little I have seen of Bottom I assumed they were the same characters in a different situation Iis that fair to say?

I'm not invested in it either way so if anyone wants to reply yes/no/sort of then that's fine.

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Re: Most successful sitcoms?
« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2020, 11:50:06 AM »
They're separate characters. Separate situations. Separate shows.

All you're doing is registering the observation that some of the same people were involved, and that there are similarities in the style of comedy (coming as it does from some of the same creators).

It's just a disingenuous arsehole way of dictating that everything Rik and Ade did was a rehash just because there are certain distinctive themes in their humour.

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« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2020, 12:05:32 PM »
I think it's fair to say that they're essentially the same characters, at different ages in different sits. Rik's character is a deluded fool who thinks he's everything he's not, and doesn't see why everyone else doesn't think as much of him as he does himself. Ade's character is a violent lunatic who settles down gradually as he ages. They may not actually be the same people, but there's a definite Blackadder style lineage there.

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