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  • Denis
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    #282373

    I was watching one episode of The Wire the other day and I came across a scene where they are trying to get a desk in a room and it’s a  hilarious scene, what scene have you watched that made you rotfl??? or it could also be some joke from any drama series, could be a unnusual episode like “Fly” from breaking Bad or something like Tony Soprano and Moltisanti stealing wine from the Vipers… If possible , post a video from youtube or something.

    Have fun.

    The Wire – The Desk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhkndQ3LML8

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #282375

    The Sopranos used to have funny scenes all of the time. I saw this video once that compiled more than an hour of funny moments from the show. Also, watch “Pine Barrens” if you haven’t already. That episode is hialrious! 

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    Denis
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    #282376

    Yes I have, it is my second favorite episode of the show.

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    Karl William
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    #282377

    I think ‘Breaking Bad’ does dark comedy the best. One of the best features was Huell:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrGc9-UwCXg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7rXeDArhg0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQJ7YsJCYPc

     

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #282378

    I’ll generalize a lot with examples, but one scene I can remember perfectly is the dinner with Walt, Jessie and Skyler on Breaking Bad. Don’t remember what episode or season that was. Is that the only scene Gunn and Paul have shared?

    Pretty much every David Lee scene on The Good Wife is good for this thread. And now he’s a regular!.
    Alicia Florrick reacting to anything about Kalinda being a lesbian is always fun.
    Paulie, or Paulie vs. Christopher in general on The Sopranos.
    The feds watching Adriana and the mole at the tennis court on The Sopranos. Carmela’s reaction to the both of them was always funny.
    Anytime Adriana pronounces Christopher as Christapha on The Sopranos is Grade A comedy.
    Greys Anatomy has enough examples, specially with Christina Yang.
    Anytime Walter White reacts to Jessie screwing up or being dumb on Breaking Bad.

    I don’t recall if it was on Breaking Bad with Jessie or The Killing with Holder (or both) that a kid told either one of them something like “You know you’re white, right? or Do you know you’re not black? because of the way they talk. The kid plus the reaction from whoever it was, was hilarious.

     

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    SaraR
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    #282379

    Yeah, Breaking Bad, for as dark and horrifying as it often is, is also pretty damn funny.

    John Slattery can deliver a one-liner like the best of them, and Pete and Peggy now, too, are often unintentionally funny.

    Hannibal has a lot of dark, *wink wink* humor related to Dr. Lecter’s culinary tastes.

    I thought the Homeland scene this past season where Quinn and Saul are listening to Carrie and Brody screw the eyeballs out of each other was really darkly funny. Saul had a bunch of innuendo-laced lines: “Brody is our only entry point…”/”There is a fu**ing attack coming”, etc. etc.

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    Denis
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    #282380

    I’ll generalize a lot with examples, but one scene I can remember perfectly is the dinner with Walt, Jessie and Skyler on Breaking Bad. Don’t remember what episode or season that was. Is that the only scene Gunn and Paul have shared?

    Pretty much every David Lee scene on The Good Wife is good for this thread. And now he’s a regular!.
    Alicia Florrick reacting to anything about Kalinda being a lesbian is always fun.
    Paulie, or Paulie vs. Christopher in general on The Sopranos.
    The feds watching Adriana and the mole at the tennis court on The Sopranos. Carmela’s reaction to the both of them was always funny.
    Anytime Adriana pronounces Christopher as Christapha on The Sopranos is Grade A comedy.
    Greys Anatomy has enough examples, specially with Christina Yang.
    Anytime Walter White reacts to Jessie screwing up or being dumb on Breaking Bad.

    I don’t recall if it was on Breaking Bad with Jessie or The Killing with Holder (or both) that a kid told either one of them something like “You know you’re white, right? or Do you know you’re not black? because of the way they talk. The kid plus the reaction from whoever it was, was hilarious.

     

    Ye I guess it was Linden’s son who told Holder that, or some other kid lol

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    Icky
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    #282381

    Breaking Bad’s humor really worked for me in the first couple of seasons. After that it became hit or miss. I did like the Walt, Jessie, Skyler dinner scene, though it seemed to come a season or two late.

    I know this is ways away from the dramas that have been mentioned, but CSI: Miami is hilarious playing in the background. It’s so deadpan in its awfulness that it comes off as a parody of the genre.

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    Max 2.0
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    #282382

    Grey’s Anatomy always found a way to add a little bit of comedy to its formula, and it worked amazingly. Mad Men does this as well at a lesser extent. I almost always laught at least once in an episode.

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    Raylan
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    #282383

    Justified
    -Dickie has alot of funny scenes. Like when Raylan brought Carol to Mags’ store and Dickie acts like a swordsman. Or when Boyd are planning how to rob the bank and you see Dickie in the background saying “Hey Hey, so i ain’t allowed to take part in the conversation to steal MY 3 million dollars.” and they just shut the window on him and continue their conversation. Little things like that make me laugh most.
    -Dewey has alot of scenes  too. “You mean i have 4 kidneys!?!?”

    will post more later 

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    taloson
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    #282384

    Though Six Feet Under had a lot of comedic scenes over the course of its run, but my favorite has always been Nate getting high and the subsequent dinner scene in the episode “In the Game”.  

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    SaraR
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    #282385

    Grey’s Anatomy always found a way to add a little bit of comedy to its formula, and it worked amazingly. Mad Men does this as well at a lesser extent. I almost always laught at least once in an episode.

    Shonda Rhimes has called Grey’s a romantic comedy, to which I call BS because Meredith Grey and really that entire hospital are too perpetually tortured to be a romantic comedy.

    But many of the supporting characters are often given funny lines: Cristina, Bailey, Izzie, George, and Alex (obviously pulling on the best years of the show, before it devolved into whatever it is now).

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    Denis
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    #282386

    You
    think Justified qualifies in that Genre of really heavy drama? I mean, I
    wasn’t clear on that as the proposal of the thread and neither should
    I, I know, my bad, I loved the justified examples but just for the fun,
    the drama on Justified is a little different isn’t it, it’s fast
    delivery and clever dialogue is amazing of course, but I guess the only
    time I saw  a heavy dramatic arc was the Bennet’s plot and the times
    when Raylan’s Girl was threatned and his son too which is when we get
    most of angry scenes from Raylan and such, it is there I know, but it’s
    kind of underneath the whole thing, you don’t actually feel it, you just
    appreciate it, I may be talking BS in here but…Am I wrong on that, what
    you guys think?

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    Icky
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    #282387

    It’s rare for modern dramas to not use some comedy/irony, especially since so many modern dramas are so dark and could be relentlessly morbid is there’s no humor. Homeland isn’t ever really funny, but even it has a few characters who drop one-liners here and there. The Sopranos really stands out the heaviest drama that best used satire. Mad Men has mirrored that approach. Re-watching episodes of The Sopranos and I’m seeing, even from the beginning, there was a lot of comedy. I’m starting to realize that the lack of comedy is one of the reasons I wasn’t really feeling the final season.

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    SaraR
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    #282388

    This question reminds me of the LA Times drama roundtable last year. In the last video here (“There has to be humor”), they talk about the need for comedic elements in drama.

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