As I already did a piece on sitcoms and how babies kill them, I wanted to write about something else bugging me on television. It might appear as if I was watching far too much TV to be able to write about it so extensively, but, hey, I am a freelance writer, so there is lots and lots of time to cover between writing.
I have to admit I am completely obsessed with Pretty Little Liars (henceforth PLL). I know it is a teenager's series, but I find it very entertaining, exciting and scary. Additionally, it features the best TV character of the whole range of series (yes, Spencer Hastings, I am talking about you) and just watching Spencer all day makes my day (is that sad?)
However, upon watching it I have noticed some issues I find rather annoying and which apply also to a range of other teenage series. If you agree or disagree, comment here or on Facebook.
1) Where the heck are your parents?
In PLL we see the characters' parents; however, I would have to say they're quite terrible at their job of parenting as their fifteen/sixteen year old daughters can just walk around past midnight, dress like hookers and drink alcohol.
Of course in PLL it isn't by far as horrible as in Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl or 90210 where you actually wonder if you should call the social services because they're doing such a bullshit job as parents.
2) How gross is Ezra Fitz?
I have never understood why there could be any Ezria fans because I think it is disgusting. For all the non PLL fans, Aria is one of the characters, aged fifteen at the beginning, and Ezra Fitz is her teacher with whom she starts an affair and the series is trying to tell people that it is totally normal and acceptable.
Well, I think it is gross when an at least 25 year old man fancies fifteen/sixteen year old girls who go to school - even though Aria really dresses like a whore.
3) The clothes????
Alright, I was never a role model for fashion when I was fifteen/sixteen. I looked horrible, seriously; however, I would still say the Liars dress in ways which are just stupid. Hanna looks like a business woman/wife of a rich billionaire and Aria looks like a mixture of circus director, hooker and goth chick. I have to admit that Spencer mostly looks believable and Emily actually looks like a teenager with her jeans and sweaters.
4) What's wrong with Alison?
OK, we would need a full post entry for that but I am referring to her sluttiness. On the Liars' path of finding out about her secret past, she hooks up with Ezra (ewww, this guy really is a perv, not a hottie), goes to college parties, etc...When did she start this bullshit? With twelve? Ugh, her parents really suck at their job.
5) How daft can you be?
Of course the series wants to create suspension and tension but how often do you have to use the same tools to achieve that? Seriously, during the series the girls repeatedly all walk into a room which is then closed by A or when they all come out again their car has been stolen or a message is written on the wind screen. Just a remainder, their group consists of four and up to seven people and they don't get the idea that at least ONE person could stand watch and tell the other people if someone is coming or at least position someone OUTSIDE a room with a lockable door????
Also, why do all of you have front doors out of glass? That is like the stupidest thing I have ever heard, not only can people peep easily into your privacy, they can also easily break into the house and, furthermore, why does no one of you DRAW THE CURTAINS AT NIGHT????? It is nearly as if you wanted A to peep inside and watch your every move.
6) Why does it never occur to you to consult the police?
OK, this is a little daft as the whole series relies on them not going to the police and Wilden's corruption adds to it; however, in some episodes it really reaches a level of stupidity to not go to the cops and ask their help.
7) Why don't you double and triple save things???
Again, this is an issue that has occurred various times in the series. The girls get some information on a flash-drive/email/text, decide to bring it to the police (but not on this very same day out of some reason) and then A deletes it and they are back to square 1. If I got information which could help me prove a psychopathic stalker was behind me, I would immediately save it to all computers I have and those of my friends, saving it online and printing out the pics to make sure they cannot be all destroyed!! Don't be so daft, Liars!
So this were the few things bugging me out and there are more to come on PLL, Gilmore Girls and Harry Potter and possibly some few more to come and I hope you enjoyed reading it and if you disagree or agree with me, I would like to hear from you in either case.
I am a huge fan of the sitcoms How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory (or, as Trump would say, yuge fan, the best in the world, seriously, yuge).
However, I think most fans can agree that towards the finishing lines, they often lose their level of greatness and descend to being solely endured, rather than enjoyed.
I can say that only for HIMYM, for sure though. We all know how it ended, and most agreed that the ending sucked.
However, I think the whole last season sucked to a standard which wasn't in any way acceptable any more. I mean, the episode with the last slap? Embarrassingly pathetic.
TBBT is my favourite sitcom in the world - even far better than HIMYM in my opinion. I think what is so great about TBBT is that it behaved atypical to many other sitcoms, with the years and seasons, it actually always became better and better instead of worse. Think about it, we started with four quirky nerds and a gullible, yet sweet girl and we loved it; however, throw in Bernadette and Amy (my personal favourite, to be honest) and it becomes just hilarious and awesome. Also, I felt that the characters of TBBT were developing in some sort of way, which is often unusual for sitcoms which are so humorous. Don't get me wrong, the characters in HIMYM seemingly develop, too, but do they really? Mostly (and also in the end, more or less) we have Lily and Marshal in love and Ted, Robin and Barney in a weird threesome situation (again), so actually, they haven't been really developing - they only got older. Throughout the series they are still co-dependent on each other to an almost unbearable extent and towards the end I, and probably many more, was just glad I didn't have to see them anymore as they were simply annoying me.
The last season of TBBT (10, if you haven't stayed up-to-date), started out pretty poorly, too, in my opinion. My man and I were sorely disappointed of many episodes and although it's been catching up in the last three or so, it just doesn't seem to work so well anymore.
I have a theory to this. The moment Lily and Marshal got Marvin, the quality of the sitcom started to drop.
Now, Bernadette and Howard have a baby, and it happens again. Why is that?
Well, people who have babies don't meet their friends everyday in a tiny apartment and have time for the things Lily/Marshal and Bernadette/Howard seem easily to find (things like buying comic books, hanging out with their friends every day and sipping drinks).
HIMYM and TBBT base on groups of young people who come to a city where they have no family and find each other (more or less, of course some exceptions, but, hey, Howard is Jewish - his mother wouldn't let him go anywhere). It is fun to watch them have fun and do unspeakable things most of us can only dream of, which is why we love to watch it; however, throw in a baby in the equation and it suddenly just seems sad.
Lily and Marshal still hang out in the bar ALL THE TIME although they have a baby to look after. Bernie and Howie still have dinner in a teeny weeny apartment (compared to their house) and he seems to be free to play with his friends at the same time Bernadette meets with Penny and Amy.
I am, of course, not saying you cannot maintain friendship when you have a baby, but I doubt that young parents have the energy and time to spend so much of it with their friends, seemingly abandoning the baby in the process.
I have to admit, I like the way TBBT deals with it better, as it works in a different way than HIMYM (so profound, isn't it, but these really are the things I think about in my leisure time...sad). In HIMYM everything works over much more time frames and gives a more general insight into life whereas in TBBT we mostly see how the characters meet in the cafeteria or in one home, without really knowing how much time was in between (whether they eat together nearly every day or just every week). Therefore, it makes a little more sense to think they have just put their daughter down after they spent the whole day with her; still, the baby just kills the sitcom...or probably family does, as I hardly believe anyone who had a healthy, young family would spend so much doing things they did in their twenties...only compare to SATC, four young, single New Yorker women who constantly meet for cocktails? Alright. Four grown women who have children, work and other commitments? Sad.
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