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The first four seasons or so were amazing. The history of Fuck it, This is What We Feel Like Doing television runs to two chapters: The Ernie Kovacs Show and early Letterkenny.

Especially good, I'm guessing, if you were raised working class. It's the only show I can think of right off the bat, with visions of Ellyn Jade still flying through my head two minutes after watching the last episode, that both ferociously respects working-class ethics and ruthlessly questions them. The Honeymooners, maybe? Good Times got off-track really quickly from what I remember. Maybe some UK shows do, where they're more honest about class. Maybe Canada's, go figure, somewhere in the middle. But the effect for people like me (and I've come to think that I'm part of a tiny minority on BFO) is pretty remarkable. It's a goofy show in a lot of ways, but in some important ones it's a rare opportunity for me to really relax in good company on a screen. Fun-ish bullshit like the US remake of Shameless is just that, and middle-class prole-porn like The Bear is just disgusting.

More in-jokes amongst fans than any show ever, though. Whatcha got--Simpsons, Seinfeld, that cartoon for retarded people with the talking dog?--figger it out. Drop a Letterkenny line at the right time and the supplies show up at your job site without a bullshit transport charge. Ferda.

Lost its fastball though Michelle Mylett miraculously never did.* But in case you're a degen and tuned out, the last season is worth it and the last two episodes bring it back home in style.

Shoresy, FWIW, is less sui generis and a better show overall. Give yr balls a tug and check it out.







* Not talking about her acting. She never could act. It never mattered.
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Fartbook remains a great idea to this very day.

I think you can add South Side to working class comedies, and Instill can’t thank you enough for turning me on to that gem. Keep em coming pls!

And thank you for pointing out how unwatchable The Bear is. I can’t believe people like it.

If you haven’t watched This Country I’d recommend it (the British version of course)
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Yeah, South Side's there, too, and Brassic. Go figure, South Side is the brainchild of a Harvard grad. I need to give This Country another shot; if Letterkenny's proudly stylized, TC struck me at first as lacking the courage to admit what it was (which in my first viewing was a sort of anti-stylization). It seemed coy where Letterkenny at its best just said "fuck it, this is what makes us laugh about what we know." Outrageous Fortune, the New Zealand crime-drama-comedy, is a bit soap-ish for my tastes, but I did watch the whole thing.

Beyond that, Fargo got its groove back this season and Slow Horses is phenomenal. Been watching the odd episode of That Mitchell & Webb Look, too, and it can be safely placed in a time capsule no one will bother to dig up as peak Gen X sketch comedy.
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Letterkenny is awesome, the ST Patrick's episode to close season 2 is one of the funniest shows there has ever been.
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