Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday! First, I want to thank you all for your terrific feedback last week. I asked what show you’d like to see on Sitcom Tuesdays in the remaining weeks of 2019 and in turn got a wonderful array of unique, persuasive responses. I wish I had the time to cover everything you all want to see here, but because that’s not the case, I just want to update you on what your comments have ultimately persuaded me to do…
I have decided to take the last eight weeks of 2019 and cover the initial eight-season run of Will & Grace. This show seemed to elicit the most responses here and, frankly, it makes more sense right now to move forward in our timeline — late ’90s, turn-of-the-century — instead of throwing back to the earlier part of the decade. Also, I believe Will & Grace is one of the staples of the Must See TV phenomenon and since that block of programming has gotten a lot of exposure here, I look forward to closing out that chapter on the blog with this very funny and still popular series. (As for the three-year revival? Look for it later in 2020.)
However, since I am going back in time, starting in January, to provide coverage on some previously overlooked comedies from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, I have decided to expand that timeframe and leave the figurative door open to the possibility of featuring several of the other sitcoms mentioned last week, but specifically, Roseanne, a show whose significance within the genre can’t be denied (even though I maintain that Married… With Children was doing the same thing earlier and with more comedic abandon). There’s a lot that I haven’t covered yet that I’d like to feature here, so I hope you’ll all “stay tuned!”
And thanks again for the variety of responses — you really did help me make up my mind! As a show of gratitude, here’s a sitcom treat… Since next month marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the short-lived classic My World And Welcome To It (1969-1970, NBC), here’s a copy of one of my favorite episodes (discussed here) — the 19th broadcast outing, “‘Dear’ Is A Four-Letter Word,” originally shown on January 19, 1970.
Come back next week for another Wildcard post! And stay tuned Tuesday for more King Of Queens!
When you double back to previous eras, the question is, whether you will cover any of those long-running series for which you have no particular love, but which are nonetheless iconic, such as M*A*S*H, HAPPY DAYS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, etc. I share your ambivalence about each of the aforementioned shows, but I would especially love to see M*A*S*H get the full Upperco treatment, for better or worse.
Hi, Guy! Thanks for reading and commenting.
I’d have to say “probably not” to the shows you mentioned, but “definitely yes” to the question more broadly — and also, my thoughts have evolved on some things since this blog began back in 2013, so keep that in mind!
Yay! Looking forward to “Will & Grace.”
Hi, Elaine! Thanks for reading and commenting.
Me, too! Stay tuned…
Hey good choices but I’m curious I know you were recovering certain 50s and 60s sitcoms but which sitcom from the 70s you wanted to retrace
Hi, Track! Thanks for reading and commenting.
I’d hate to disappoint you by prematurely promising something that’s not yet a guarantee. However, you’ll be one of the first to know when I’m ready next year. Stay tuned…
Okay no doubt