Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sit Down, Shut Up will probably be a lesser Arrested Development

FOX premiered the latest installment of "Animation Domination" tonight. "Sit Down, Stand Up" is created by Mitchell Hurwitz, who you'd better know from Arrested Development! It stars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Henry Winkler, Will Forte and Kenan Thompson. The show did not bode well amongst critics, but I liked it. The show is an obvious satire of traditional sitcoms. Occasionally you can hear a very subtle laugh track or clapping at a really cheesy joke. The show begins with Will Arnett's character, who is the stereotypical gym teacher character but is actually the english teacher, searching for his "little nut sack" whilst driving. He then runs over a ton of little kids on bikes. He is completely oblivious to the fact that he has seriously injured many children and the show never returns to those kids. Each character is introduced with their name, subject and catch phrase. The only character who uses his catch phrase often is Will Forte's character, whose catch phrase is "I need a catch phrase." In a traditional sitcom people are expected to laugh at catch phrases, but they aren't funny. In this case the catch phrase is anti-humor, so it is funny. The humor is very strange and "an acquired taste." [At this point I was distracted by Wikipedia and its fascinating article on Cash Cab and have now lost my train of thought. If it's any consolation I got to the cash cab page through research I was doing for this post.] Anyway, I think you get the general gist of the show. The humor is very strange and therefor the show probably won't last long. I'm betting on two seasons. (The original also only had two seasons.)

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