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November 2, 2015 at 11:57 am #364436
Last night I saw Doris Roberts at the Hollywood Film Awards and it made me think about the current status of multi-cam comedies. I honestly think that “Everybody Loves Raymond” was the last great sitcom. Sure, there are “good” sitcoms now like “Big Bang” and “Mom,” but would you actually call anything in the past decade “great”?November 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm #364439
No, Raymond is not even good.November 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm #364440
I think How I Met Your Mother had a few great seasons, and it’s heights were higher than Raymond’s or Will & Grace, another one with great moments. I don’t think we’ll ever return to a time when the best shows on tv are multi-cam sitcoms, but I expect there will be one that comes around and recaptures the quality of those 80s and 90s ones, and I fully expect it to sweep the Emmys when it arrives, because history has proven that the Emmys love them if they’re good.November 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm #364441
Multi-cam sitcoms need to be retired. They don’t work anymore.November 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm #364442
Raymond was a great show, and I agree that it really was the last GREAT multi-cam sitcom. I still think Mom has time to grow, though I have a hard time believing any show by Chuck Lorre can be truly great.
I love multi cam shows when they are truly funny…when they actually try to do what they are meant to do.November 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm #364443
I can’t come up with any other shows in the last 10 years since Raymond went off the air, so if the choices are Big Bang, Mom and the super awful How I met Your Mother, then yeah, it was the last great multicam.November 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm #364444
I would say How I Met Your Mother was still as great as Raymond but I also think Hot in Cleveland was underminded throughout its run. They had 4 actresses from some of the movie inonic TV shows of all time plus a parade of guest stars of the same stature like Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, and Susan Lucci and it really was a hilarious show. They all had amazing chemistry and I felt like being TV Land’s first scripted show it did pretty well with a 6 season runNovember 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm #364445
How I Met Your Mother. It did stuff with story and characters that Raymond couldn’t even do. I mean the only thing that made it clear that the characters were even aging. You just had to watch the kids to tell that time was even moving. The characters in Raymond had no character development they never grew as people.
How I Met Your Mother was a different story. You watched these people grow, you saw them have these goofy situations that borderlined stupid but never got there because the story and the characters humanized and grounded it all to greatness. How I Met Your Mother should have been loved as much as Friends was. It blew Raymond out of the water in my opinion. However I see why people don’t agree because Raymond just has the classic look and feel to it. Mother was so much more modern and new in its treatment of the characters.November 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm #364446
Isn’t Blackish multi-camera? And I Believe, the SMARTEST live-action network comedy on Television? Hm?! 😉November 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm #364447
Everybody loves Raymond was just okay, never great, about the same level as King of Queens IMO. Hot In Cleveland was an overrated show that won the SAG Award for Betty White ONLY because of name recognition, even though to be fair, she did give the best and funniest performance on it. I think Still Standing w/ Mark Addy and Jami Gertz deserved WAY MORE Awards recognition when it was on the air. Such a great and funny ensemble they had….. “sigh” I haven’t seen Still Standing in years actually so I really don’t know how it holds up. I just remember LOVING it as a kid. Malcolm In The Middle might very well be the best (or most unique, at least) multi-camera sitcom of the new millenium SO FAR. I actually never got into How I Met Your Mother and I’m not sure if I really want to now becuase everybody was saying how terrible the series finale was. Is that true?November 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm #364448
Oh, The Big Band Theory IS GREAT. I haven’t seen the last couple of seasons granted, but it should have won for Best Comedy Series AGES AGO in my opinion.November 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm #364449
It’s too early to call it great or classic but I LOOOOVE MOM I also love RAYMOND and find it classic enough to watch every month.November 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm #364450
Isn’t Blackish multi-camera? And I Believe, the SMARTEST live-action network comedy on Television? Hm?! 😉
Multi cam are the shows “taped in front of a live studio audience” shows so black-ish doesn’t fit the bill.November 3, 2015 at 8:40 am #364451
I remember thinking ‘Raymond’ was just alright back in the early 2000’s when it was cleaning up at the Emmys but now I think it’s absolute genius. It holds up exceptionally well and is probably – and I hate agreeing with Marcus – the last truly great multi-cam sitcom (“Mom” is also good, but not even on the same level as ‘Raymond’).