When Seinfeld premiered in July of 1989, critics and audiences didn’t quite know what to make of it. Everything about it ran counter to what traditional sitcoms looked like up to that point. The characters were self-absorbed and petty. The tone was often cold and mean spirited. Episodes featured mundane stories with low-stakes conflict. It was also funny and smarter than just about anything on TV at the time.
After a second season that felt like a bit of a slog, Orange is the New Black has delivered a third that reaffirms everything I love about this series. It was funny, smart, poignant, and, at times, gut wrenching — often all within the same episode.
This week let’s check back in with some of the sitcoms we reviewed this season.
The new FX series The Comedians is a show within a show within a show, making it the turducken of current sitcoms. It’s an apt analogy since the show is kind of a turkey.
HBO’s Silicon Valley is another series that examines competing views of maleness as it skewers the male-dominated culture and unchecked hubris of the tech industry.