Classic TV : Question for those outside the U.S.

Question for those outside the U.S.

During the 1960s especially, U.S. television was loaded with some of the silliest
concepts for sitcoms. These included:

The Flying Nun--title says it all
My Mother the Car--Mother is reincarnated as a talking vintage car
My Favorite Martian--"Uncle" is from Mars
Bewitched--Wife is a witch
I Dream of Jeannie--Girlfriend is a genie
The Munsters--Family of assorted monsters
The Addams Family--Family of assorted gothic freaks
Mr. Ed--Talking horse

Post-'60s attempts to bring such shows back included:
Holmes and Yo-Yo--Pair of cops; one is a robot
Small Wonder-- Daughter is a robot

There were others, of course. What I would like to know is: What were the silliest TV comedies in your country? Specifically, not just wacky humor, but
a bizarre premise that made you wonder what the producers were thinking when they
came up with it?

I'm not crying, you fool, I'm laughing!


Re: Question for those outside the U.S.

You would have to go some to beat the craziest idea for a British sitcom...ever

"Heil Honey I'm Home!" (1990)

It was very much a spoof of US sitcoms of the '50s and '60s. The basic premise (if you can believe it) was that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun live in an apartment in Berlin and are annoyed when a Jewish couple Arny and Rosa Goldenstein move in next door.

Eight episodes were scheduled but following the outcry after the first episode was broadcast the show was pulled (quite a rare thing to happen in the UK). It was branded "perhaps the world's most tasteless sitcom".

The full episode is available to watch on Youtube - though the picture quality is not the best (and the end credits of the preceding programme, a re-run of an old episode of Dad's Army, are on as well).

Sparks Moran: "It was dusk. I could tell 'cause the sun had gone down"

Re: Question for those outside the U.S.

When I was a kid, there was a show here called You Can't Do That on Television. I've heard it called "Saturday Night Live for kids", and it sounds like an accurate description. I didn't get to see too much of it because we didn't have cable when I was growing up. Mostly I just saw it when we were on holidays. Anyhow, there was a sketch where the kids would be talking, and if they said either "water", they'd get water dumped over their heads. If they said "I don't know", they'd get slime dumped over their heads.

Jim Hutton (1934-79) & Ellery Queen =