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I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:49 am UTC
by Thesh
So there's these two guys, they are best friends and the work at the same place (e.g. science department of the university, electronics store, psychic detective agency) and one of the guys has the hots for this blond chick... After that, it pretty much writes itself!

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:10 am UTC
by Zohar
What a funny fleeting or random thought.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:04 am UTC
by BoomFrog
Surly, you mean a Momentary, Meandering, Meditation, do you not?

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
by Zarq
I'm having a hard time deciding what the purpose of this post was? Is it a swing at The Big Bang Theory? Or at sitcoms in general? Or...

I had a good idea for a movie yesterday, but I'm not telling you! (I don't want anybody stealing it)

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
by Kewangji
Zarq wrote:I'm having a hard time deciding what the purpose of this post was? Is it a swing at The Big Bang Theory? Or at sitcoms in general? Or...

I had a good idea for a movie yesterday, but I'm not telling you! (I don't want anybody stealing it)

A guy gets a great idea for a movie, but he's so paranoid about talking about it, since he thinks it's sooo good, he develops a code language only he understands. So he manages to get in contact with a movie producer and spits the idea to him. The movie producer dies because it's so good, and he is now wanted for murder. After that it practically writes itself.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
by Kang
That's nowhere near as good as my idea. It involves multiple characters and a dramatic conflict climaxing in the course of the movie. I'm just not done with the rest of the details.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
by Woopate
Kang wrote:That's nowhere near as good as my idea. It involves multiple characters and a dramatic conflict climaxing in the course of the movie. I'm just not done with the rest of the details.


That's brilliant! But I think you need a bit near the end where they answer most of the questions and calm things down a little.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:21 pm UTC
by pseudoidiot

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:30 pm UTC
by folkhero
How about this one: It's about a middle class family, the husband is lovable but stupid, the wife is intelligent but controlling. They get in fights all the time,but resolve them by the end of the episode because they love each other. Also they have a zany neighbor.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
by Giant Speck
I'm going to go with a stock LOLWUT.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:03 am UTC
by folkhero
I've got another one, it's about the day-to-day of a workplace (eg. paper company, hotel, radio station (in New York or Cincinnati), television (major broadcast network, local Minneapolis station, cable sports or television newsmagazine), taxi company, government agency (mayor's office, courthouse, or parks and recreation department), fashion magazine, airport, hospital or general practitioner's office) and all the characters have the same quirks and foibles as regular people, but writ large for more comedic value. The details of the workplace and work-related problems that come up will mostly serve to bring out different reactions from the characters. Add some romantic subplots between characters if things get dull.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:47 am UTC
by Kewangji
Oh, I have one more! Even better than the last ones.

Its' the end of the world, and everybody's on drugs.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:05 am UTC
by Hawknc
folkhero wrote:How about this one: It's about a middle class family, the husband is lovable but stupid, the wife is intelligent but controlling. They get in fights all the time,but resolve them by the end of the episode because they love each other. Also they have a zany neighbor.

I reckon if you made the male lead overweight or unattractive and the female lead way out of his league, you just might have a winner on your hands.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:52 pm UTC
by Dream
You'd better get Ted Danson's bones, though.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:04 pm UTC
by Okita
TV sitcom writer has been working on a TV show so good, it writes itself.

Except it's literally writing itself and is starting to take over, blurring the distinctions between TV and reality. There barely is a station crew, the few cameramen/ behind the scenes people left are completely enthralled by The Show. The actors/ actresses are split between enthrallment and greed (you still get paid + they are immortal since you stay the same age during a sitcom). Except now The Show is starting to spread out to those who watch, changing their reality to match TV reality.

Only the combined efforts of the penitent writer and one genre savvy man, obsessed with TV Tropes might be enough to combat this menace.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:35 am UTC
by Jorpho
Hawknc wrote:
folkhero wrote:How about this one: It's about a middle class family, the husband is lovable but stupid, the wife is intelligent but controlling. They get in fights all the time,but resolve them by the end of the episode because they love each other. Also they have a zany neighbor.

I reckon if you made the male lead overweight or unattractive and the female lead way out of his league, you just might have a winner on your hands.
And the kids have to be awkward. And...

Okita wrote:TV sitcom writer has been working on a TV show so good, it writes itself.

Except it's literally writing itself and is starting to take over, blurring the distinctions between TV and reality. There barely is a station crew, the few cameramen/ behind the scenes people left are completely enthralled by The Show. The actors/ actresses are split between enthrallment and greed (you still get paid + they are immortal since you stay the same age during a sitcom). Except now The Show is starting to spread out to those who watch, changing their reality to match TV reality.

Only the combined efforts of the penitent writer and one genre savvy man, obsessed with TV Tropes might be enough to combat this menace.
Synecdoche, New York ? Or maybe John Candy's Delirious, but not quite.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
by dumbzebra
"... after that, it pretty much writes itself!"

...could be a great new meme.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
by Kang
Oh, yes, it could. I used it in reference to my thesis yesterday.

Re: I have a great idea for a sitcom...

Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:29 am UTC
by OBrien
Maybe one of the guys can have an on-off relationship with a charachter that will continiously ruin his chances of a proper relationship during the course of the program, but it's cool because they were meant for each other and end up getting together for good in the end?