‘That ‘90s Show’ and ‘Night Court’ Breathe Life Into a Dying Form – Rolling Stone

depending on season, prologue sequence night pavilion and That ’70s Show Run for 30 to 40 seconds.Their New Sequel – NBC’s night pavilion and Netflix’s That 90’s show — Using a 15-second or so intro, an updated version of the familiar theme is either less complex (night pavilion) or greatly accelerated (That 90’s show).

On the one hand, this is no surprise.Sitcom titles have been shortened considerably since then That 70’s Show First introduced 25 years ago, especially on broadcast network television, commercial breaks constantly take time away from the actual content of each episode. In both cases, though, something feels off, the way it runs through much of what follows the familiar guitar riff. Each centered on the children of the original protagonists, and each brought back some familiar supporting faces, but none felt quite right.

That ’90s show. (L to R) Mace Coronel as Jay, Callie Haverda as Leia Forman, Ashley Aufderheide as Gwen Runck, Reyn Doi as Ozzie, Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate and Sam Morelos as Nikki in Episode 101 of This ’90s Show. chromium. Patrick Wymore/Netflix © 2022

Patrick Wymore/Netflix

let’s start with That 90’s show, which just premiered its first season on Netflix.this one is involved 70’s Show Creators Bonnie and Terry Turner, along with their daughter Lindsey Turner, though showrunner and head writer Gregg Mettler has been writing original series for years. The series started in the summer of 1995, about 18 years after the series began. This time our protagonists are Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon) daughter Leia Foreman (Kelly Havida), and Reid (Kurt Wood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rapp) granddaughter. Depressed and alone after being a good girl all her life, she decides to spend the summer at Red and Kitty’s so she can finally make friends and experience some teenage rebellion. Her new team includes next-door neighbors Gwen (Ashley Aufderheide) and Nate (Maxwell Acee Donovan), Nate’s smart girlfriend Nicky (Sam Morelos), the sarcastic and semi-closed Ozzie (Reyn Doi) and Jay Yi (Mace Coronel) — aka the son of Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Jackie (Mila Kunis) who divorce and remarry every few years.

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The kids from the original show were recurring players at best — Grace, Kutcher, and Kunis only appear in the premiere, while Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama pop up in a few episodes — that makes sense. The focus is on the next generation, plus Smith and Rupp have been the most reliable laughing stocks on the original show, and those muscles are still at their best after all these years. But the new kids are largely forgotten, with Ashley Aufderheide being the only one who excels at either verbal or physical comedy, seemingly on par with the older generation.because although That70’s Show

Never a great comedy, its young ensemble is brilliant. Career-wise, Grace has never been the next Michael J. Fox, but his timing and delivery have always been impeccable, and Kutcher, Kunis, and others bring far more than what necessarily appears on the page. content. This time around no one is actively doing bad things, but no one is offering some really weak punchlines either. Every now and then, Smith would go on yelling—”Go to hell, there’s a room down the road in the back where the devil’s going to shoot fire in your mouth,” Red declared. “That’s the DMV!” — but not often enough.

Thankfully, Danny Masterson is nowhere to be seen, and Hyde is never mentioned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F36HBFGxWkg Meanwhile, studio audiences — or, perhaps, recordings of studio audiencesThat 70’s Show– Goes crazy every time someone from the original show shows up, whether it’s a full-time cast like Valderrama, a regular cast like Don Stark or Tommy Chong, or even someone I’m forbidden to name but has appeared a total of six times actor, and who is best known for his later work. But the audience’s applause is only occasionally rewarded by all the returnees.Grace, in particular, seems to have forgotten all he knows about acting on multi-camera sitcoms for years, and now has two and a half seasons on ABC’s single-camera

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or he just made a cameo out of a sense of obligation. relatedThe former seems more likely, simply because multicam is largely obsolete outside of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon sitcoms.The vast majority of comedy on cable and streaming is one-shot — some pure comedy like what do we do in the shadows others mix humor and sentimentality, e.g. book dog -Broadcast network TV is even experiencing a sitcom renaissance, with two real hits Abbott Elementary Schooland ghost They are all single camera There just aren’t many people, whether as writers or actors, who still sling set-ups and punch lines proficiently and skillfully on stage in front of a live studio audience.It’s impressive that Smith, Rupp, and some other grown-ups can still do it, and there’s occasional inspiration, like a stoned Leia imagining her grandparents as 8-bit video game characters, or Beverly Hills, 90210A parody of an original actor who purposely wore a bad wig.It’s not enough to keep That

90’s show From the feeling that it was presented in a foreign language, only a few of the participants could speak it fluently, rather than uttering the words phonetically. That said, audiences still seem interested in the format.series premiere on tuesday night night pavilion is NBC’s highest-grossing comedy debut since its return

will and grace

in 2017.At this rate, you can

caroline in the city Can revival be far behind? NIGHT COURT – “Pilot” Episode 101 – Pictured: (lr) Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone and John Larroquette as Dan Fielding Jordin Althaus/NBC/Warner Bros.two main actors in the play night pavilionI am also well versed in the rhythm of multi-camera.Star and executive producer Melissa Rauch spent a decade on

big bang theory

And John Larroquette won four Emmys for his role in the original novel

, and spent another four seasons facing his own NBC sitcom of the same name. Not coincidentally, they’re the main reason to watch the sequel series, which has occasional highlights, one of which is so good (episode five takes place on a night when a blood moon brings a particularly wild night to court) that it truly evokes the endless Governmentalism feels like the version led by Harry Anderson. Rauch, using her normal speaking voice instead of Bernadette’s high-pitched squeal, is Abby Stone, daughter of Anderson’s Harry. After growing up and working in Upstate, she moves to New York to preside over her father’s old court and recruits La Roquette misanthropic former prosecutor Dan Fielding back to work, this time representing the accused. This is a reasonable setting. Dan had to make a major shift from his misogynistic roles in the eighties and nineties, and if it largely feels like a new role, Laroquette is still a good fit for the specific needs of multicam and challenge. Meanwhile, Rauch is social and warm enough to evoke Anderson. Unfortunately, Dan is no longer the only character who doesn’t want to be there, which hinders her development. Court Clerk Neil (Kapil Talwalkar) and Prosecutor (India de Beaufort) are clearly having their eyes on better things, making Marshal Gurgs (Lacretta) the only one other than Abby who seems to really enjoy the environment own role.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEOeJEFKs0E Half the fun of old shows are the ridiculous parties that viewers have to visit once a week. That appeal wouldn’t exist without, say, a hilarious hypeman like the late Charles Robinson as Harry’s secretary Mike.So when things get more cartoonish – like, Neil dressed up like an extra

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Going astray trying to please Abby’s mom ( Murphy Brown alum Faith Ford, who also shows off his well-honed multi-cam chops in a cameo)—it wouldn’t have had a goofy feel more than 30 years ago. popular Even when multicam was introduced in the 90s, multicam was a beast to tame. Now the format has been reduced even more.Trust these two to at least provide a real connection to the originals – rather than the deservedly brief, completely unrelated

That ’80s Show — but like most revivals and reboot trends in consumer TV over the past decade, they exist more to capitalize on a familiar brand than because they’re good enough to exist on their own merits.But hey, at least someone is night pavilion The pilot had to say, “Maybe I really am Gary Buttermouth!” the first season

That ’90s Show is streaming on Netflix now; I’ve seen all 10 episodes. Night Court airs every Tuesday on NBC; I’ve seen the first six episodes.


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