Thursday, 4 August 2011

Who Loves Raymond?

So recently I have been watching the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond (yeah I watch the show, I ran out of good shows to watch and am now watching crap!) and I am bothered by some of the things in the show. Firstly how Raymond gets along with his wife (Debra) and secondly how no one seems to cut to the real heart of the issues on the show. I know I know, its a comedy and you shouldn't have to think while you watch a comedy, but I disagree! I think you should always think critically when watching something, ask questions, questions the characters actions, question why the writers and producers have the characters say certain things! Comedy is when you watch stuff and then your mind processes the thoughts through different parts of your brain. You watch a thing and your mind processes it through its understanding of the world and how things work, through your feelings on the subject, though cultural references that may be present, through enjoying the unexpected, through your own experiences, through irony, through sarcasm and all this in the blink of an eye and you laugh. Humour is complex, drama is easy. Comedy is where we should tackle social issues personal issues and life in general! If you just sit back and listen to a show with out thinking it will effect your mind subconsciously (which is how we get people who say they feel certain ways but when asked why they feel that way they say they don't know). I think comedy's should involve realistic people and realistic events. Now I heard an character in the movie Knocked Up say that Everybody Loves Raymond is like real life but funny and having enjoyed the realistic characters in that movie I decided to see what the funny version of life is. Well if Everybody Loves Raymond is the funny version of life life is garbage! I do not relate to the characters on Everybody Loves Raymond at all! They all seem so very disrespectful and uncaring of others, they remind me of high school bullies! It makes me wonder if the world is messed up cause their are lots of people like this out there? If my family was like that I'd disown them! Each episode seems to revolve around someone getting mad at someone else and then them arguing over it with no real discussion and then "resolving" the issue in a way that doesn't show an understanding of the root of the issue but is basically a stop-gab measure for the issue. Which means the same issue will just keep coming up and just keep being a problem and instead of solving the issues slowly though life and bettering life in the process they waste their life fighting over the same issues time and time again. Now with the understanding humanity has on psychology you'd think they could better them selves but no, forget tackling the issues like an informed adult! Lets all be kids! I funking hate Raymond and I hate how the characters in the show interact. Sure its funny, but so is the three stooges (and look how out dated they are!), the point being we should have moved past this type of show in the 80's. I think the worlds ready for better shows with more realistic characters that are still funny. But I've been waiting for decades so I wont hold my breath!

11 comments:

  1. The answer to your title is Raymond, Everyone loves Raymond.. See what I did there? ;/
    You should watch The Flight of The Conchords, awesome laugh. They did two seasons and they're both amazing.

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  2. I would watch it if it was on, or I couldn't find something else that really peaked my interests on TV. It is a pretty funny show but I can't relate to it at all.

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  3. It's shows like this which make me less than bothered about not having my tv hooked up to, well, tv. DVD's and internet all the way.

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  4. In my opinion I think you have to be an cranky old man or woman to get the humor in that show, all the relationships, no matter how serious, are all unstable at best. I dislike Raymond.

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  5. I definitely agree, I hate how they interact with each other. Well, I kind of like Raymond's dad because I think he's the only honest character. :P

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  6. Yea Raymonds dads a cool old asshole! And he reminds me of a few bosses I've had through the years!

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  7. well said... i believe that most of the neurosis in US culture comes from it's TV shows... a large portion comes DIRECTLY from sitcoms and their respective commercials/advertising breaks.

    hey, uh... you might want to break up your walls of text into paragraphs and use the "justify" function and preview your posts before you post them... huge walls of text are intimidating.

    I only read like half of what you wrote... if that (enough to get the message, though.

    for any more advice: admin@pragmaticpsychology.com

    (that's my site... if you check out the blog there you can see what I mean by proper formatting... pragmaticpsychology.com/blog is an example of something I put some time into, recently)

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  8. Haha, every us sitcome has a unique formula for how every piece has to come together and once you realize this formula, every episode seems the same but with just a few different jokes. Kinda depresses me

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  9. I like Raymond, but I'm not sure that I love him.

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