We wanted to know what successful, famous sitcoms people didn’t find funny at all, and the internet didn’t let us down. It turns out there are plenty of successful sitcoms that it’s hard to understand why they’re so popular despite being unfunny.
Here are some of the most popular answers.
1. “Stereotypical” Sitcoms
In essence, this is your setup where you have an average guy (usually a comedian or idiot) and his impossibly beautiful and forgiving wife paired up. Often, there are kids involved. Think of shows like The Simpsons, The Flintstones, The Honeymooners, etc.
A version of this was suggested with someone saying, “Anything on CBS where a fat guy has a wife that’s way too attractive for him.” Over 19 thousand people agreed!
2. 2 Broke Girls
This is one of those shows that a lot of people can’t understand how it came about in the first place. Comments ranged from “loud and obnoxious” to “only popular because of the shocking things they said.”
“It was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me!!!” the first comment criticized.
3. The Big Bang Theory
It might have been OK at the start, but The Big Bang Theory turned into a sitcom filled with characters that are hard to like, even if you’re a geek.
I can’t sum The Big Bang Theory up better than this comment: “They totally have no idea whatsoever about what nerd culture is like.”
Others argued, though, that that’s exactly the intention. Some folks argue that the show is targeted at older folks who enjoy laughing at nerds. After seeing the show, I can definitely see that side too.
Oh boy, this is one that definitely gets a lot of controversy. Friends recently became popular again, so it’s not surprising to see it back in conversions – that includes ones around why this sitcom became so successful despite not being funny at all (at least in some peoples’ opinions).
5. Everybody Loves Raymond
It’s not that (or just that, for some folks) the show isn’t funny that earns Everybody Loves Raymond criticism; it’s how they treat his wife. He just allows his in-laws to have no boundaries and bully her without resistance.
Sadly too many people find that sort of thing funny. Here’s one example: “My own in-laws find this show hilarious. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”
6. Two and a Half Men
Now it’s not hard to find criticisms for Two and a Half Men, but when it came out, it was definitely both successful and famous. Critics felt the characters were way too unlikeable, but not in a way that endears you to them (like in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). It’s just plain hard to watch, especially now.
7. Full House
Full House was meant to be a wholesome family comedy, and it absolutely delivers on that. Of course, that style isn’t for everyone; and some people wonder how it became so popular with that cheesy style.
8. How I Met Your Mother
This one is absolutely fair if you go back and watch it now: it doesn’t hold up. Worse, most fans (myself included) felt it started off good but got worse as the series progressed. And that ending… Even if someone starts off as a fan, it’s hard to understand why people love the show after seeing the whole series.
9. The Office
For every person who’s obsessed with this show, there seems to be someone who just doesn’t get why it’s so popular. It relies a lot on cringe humor and awkwardness – a style many people just can’t get behind.
10. Mrs. Brown’s Boys
Sorry Mom! (this is one of her favorites), I’m with this commenter in thinking that Mrs. Brown’s Boys just isn’t funny. Normally I like UK comedy, but this show didn’t land. The joke style seems to be “a man dressed up like a woman saying outrageous things,” – so if you find that funny, I guess you’re the reason this one’s successful.
Maybe I’m the wrong generation for it?
“There are no actual jokes, just howls of laughter from the studio audience every time Mrs. Brown says ‘mickeys,’” one person said of the show (which describes it pretty accurately).
11. Home Improvement
When I first saw this suggestion, my instinct was, “No, my childhood!” – but in retrospect, the show doesn’t hold up all that well. While some might find it funny, a lot of people are turned off by the sexism.
Plenty of people couldn’t get into Seinfeld when it came out. The comedy is all over the place and certainly isn’t for everyone.
Folks who came back to the show and liked it later realized that it’s much funnier if you think of George as the star. “Costanza is the greatest character in the history of television. Such a magnificent worm,” one said.
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