"to see their faces when they start to get it"
Those of us who teach or preach or lead understand this quote. It comes from the new NBC sitcom "Teachers." I think this is a big reason why I still am a youth pastor–the look on their faces when they start to get it.
I think by now you guys know I am a sitcom junkie, so I go into every new sitcom with a predisposition to liking it. I don’t know what it is about these 30 minute little stories, but they just make me smile. Teachers was good tonight because it did what every good sitcom should do.
- It had likable characters that were more that stereotypes (at least a little more)
- It didn’t work too hard to milk an easy laugh (the British girl caught in the door aside)
- The dialog was good
- It had a soft moment that wasn’t super cheesy
Now teachers didn’t do all of these things exactly right, but it got enough of them right to make me want to watch it again. I think it is the serious moments in a sitcom that make or break it. Ever since Seinfeld it seems like sitcoms have forgotten the importance of those moments. (Seinfeld worked without them, but it is a rare exception) It is cool to see shows bring those moments back in good ways. Scrubs and My Name is Earl do it very well. These shows manage to have more serious moments without feeling like "on a very special Blossom" serious (is it scary that I thought Blossom was hot by the way?)
Of course with all of these new sitcoms coming out–several of them without a laugh track and with more serious themes–I can’t help but wonder if Sports Night was just ahead of its time. (You didn’t think I was going to go through a whole post about sitcoms and not bring up the SN did you?)