2012 TV: Is CRUEL COMEDY The New Normal?

Nana Jane is a NIGHTMARE!

Notice lately that we’re laughing more at MEAN?  When did TV comedy go from teasing to sarcastic to caustic to down-and-out-demeaning?

Try finding any famous lines from Phoebe, Chandler, Ross or Rachel that are worse than teasing. I couldn’t.

Fraiser and Niles Crane were sarcastic, but had heart. Alan Harper is uncomplimentary — but he’s talking about himself.

Alex and Hayley Dunphy are sibling-and-age-appropriate-mean-girls, but they usually learn some loving lesson by the end the episode.

Hateful Ha-Ha – Is it the Current TV Trend?

Sue Sylvester may have started the trend, but somehow we don’t cringe when she says —

I’m going to ask you to smell your armpits. That’s the smell of failure, and it’s stinking up my office.”

But Nana Jane on The New Normal is a whole new animal of animositwith non-stop derogatory comments about gays, Jews, Hispanics, African Americans, you name it — she does! Nana Jane is so offensive when she tells her granddaughter Goldie —

“I thought your mother was a fibroid tumor. By the time I figured it out, she had a face and I was screwed.”

Why on earth does Goldie (who seems relatively level-headed and kind) allow her daughter to be around that wicked witch EVER?!

And while I absolutely love-love-love The Mindy Project (brilliant with just the right amount of clever, edge and heart) –  I can’t imagine why Mindy will ever be attracted to Danny Castalano (which they’re obviously setting up) after he says —

 “You could stand to lose 15 pounds”

If I’m Mindy, even if I lose 20 pounds, NO WAY will I feel comfortable taking my clothes off for critical Castalano. Would you? I mean, how can she even watch SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE with that cad without feeling like she has to hold her tummy in the whole time?

It’s hard to find the funny when the Meanies hit below the belt (even if the belt’s a little tight).

It’s sooo uncomfortable!

What do you think of the new trend? Do you find belittling FUNNY?!





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2 responses to “2012 TV: Is CRUEL COMEDY The New Normal?”

  • Mike:

    I think anything like that leads to more of the hateful behavior in “real life”… We are what we put in our hearts and minds… I think it sucks! Just sayin’

    • Evie...:

      I could not agree with you more! (thanks for commenting!)

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