Two of my favorite shows on television, The Office and 30 Rock, feature a number of similarities:
- Professional colleagues who, though they may disagree at times, tend to find ways to work together as peacefully as possible
- Humor derived from characters more than situations
- No laugh track
- High production values
- Terrific acting
- Great writing
- A high "rewatchable" factor, where seeing the same episode two or three times isn't such a bad thing (when I was a kid, "rerun" was a four-letter word ... or a character from What's Happening)
All of these traits are currently shared by one other program, of sorts, currently on the air: Apple's "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials.
I'm not sure if that speaks to the high quality of the Apple ads or the low quality of the current sitcom crop. I think it's the former; though I have my two aforementioned favorites, I'm not willing to concede that literally every other sitcom on the air stinks. I do, however, think that this Apple campaign is a master stroke.
If I had to list my three favorite sitcoms, then, the list would go like this:
- The Office
- 30 Rock (and this show may be on top soon)
- I'm a Mac, I'm a PC