They held X-Factor auditions in Northampton last week and I thought there would be hundreds of wannabes queuing. There were only eight people there, 56 all day. It’s finally dawning on people that it’s not the talented members of the general public that get through to the later televised stages of reality shows but the weirdoes, professional singers and fame agency kids, people they can control although to be fair Simon Cowell has always said it was an entertainment show and never singing contest. This rather sharp, biting, funny and satirical American movie created by that weird bloke who made animal noises in The Police Academy movies sends up that hateful new media in question that generates huge profits from exploiting gullible and talentless people on those reality shows.
The film is considered to be a remake of the rather silly 1998 Michael Winner British comedy "Parting Shots", starring most of our sitcom greats. In that film, Harry Sterndale (Chris Rea), a man who may or may not be terminally ill decides to go out with a bang by killing all of the people he hates.
Joel Murray ... Frank
Tara Lynne Barr ... Roxy
Melinda Page Hamilton ... Alison
Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Ava
Rich McDonald ... Brad
Maddie Hasson ... Chloe
Larry Miller ... Chloe's Dad
Dorie Barton ... Chloe's Mom
Travis Wester ... Ed
Chubby everyman Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough. White, middle-class and middle aged his wife has left him and his young daughter thinks he is d*ck. When diagnosed with a brain tumor and fired from his insurance job in the same week he cracks, deciding to steel his boorish neighbor’s sports car and go on a killing spree.
Spiteful and manipulative modern American entertainment TV has embittered him big time and his first target is Chloe (Maddie Hasson) , the star of a high school reality show, who he squeezes of two, rounds in her head though the car window for her annoying efforts.
Witnessing this brutal killing is young teenage head case Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who is impressed with the extermination of Chloe and talks herself into the car and so onto Franks killing spree. Roxy’s back story of being abused by her parents is enough to convince Frank she can come along. They are of like mind on the state of America today. The duo then decides to pop Chloe’s parents for bringing up such a ghastly spoilt child.
The duo dodge the cops and run up the miles and so body county, bad parkers, noisy cinema patrons ,Tea Party racist worthy of the bullet. Their big target now is the final of American Superstar, the show that riles Frank the most, with a few right wing hate news station anchors on the way to the studio recording. But this is a one way ticket for Frank and so Roxy must decide her fete, cops just as trigger happy s they ever were, as we have seen in the news recently.
Frank: [after finishing shooting practice]You did a good job.
Roxy: I have a good coach. That and I was pretending the targets were the cast of Glee.
Because of a constant flow of mass shootings in America this film struggled to get a cinema release. When it did find one between a rare window it was slipped out on DVD and on demand YV to have done with it. But Bobcat was determined to get his film seen and here we are. Shooting up the audience of the big networks version of the X-factor with an AK47 was just too much for the mainstream multiplexes. If Quentin Tarrantino had made this then I’m sure that would not have been the case. This is just too clever for a mainstream American audience.
It’s packed with some great caustic dialogue about the state of American TV today and although bloody and violent in places it’s done in a black comedy style and so not as bad as it looks. This is not a baby eating movie. You are supposed to punch the air and cheer when their version of Paris Hilton gets her brains blow out. The opening sequence of Frank imagining what it would be like to shoot next doors screaming baby is super gory but that’s about as bad as it gets and a good idea of the level of dark satire we are dealing with here.
Joel Murray pitches Franks homicidal mid life crisis just right with enough humor and pathos in equal measure whereas Tara Lynne Barr as Roxy is straight from the Juno/Kick Ass playbook as the precocious teen. There has been a few of these vigilante movies around where the disaffected middle age man goes mentally AWOL but this by far the best of late. Its anti cinema and very welcome. There are some seriously quotable lines here. If you don’t like being bombarded with mainstream formulaic film then well worth hunting this low budget naughty movie down. Nobody was particular outraged by it as the main stream entertainment industry it slaughtered simply don’t let anyone see it.
Imdb.com – 7.3/10.0 (54,134votes)
Rottentomatos.com –68% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 56% critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Year Book – 3/4
The Patriot Ledger –‘ It takes dead aim at the culpability of hate-mongering politicians, the religious right and reality TV stars in making the United States the meanest, rudest country in the world’.
At The Movies –‘If you can take that premise, I think you'll go along with the film and it's really, in its very weird way, quite funny’
The Baltimore Weekly –‘Though hilariously funny and luridly hypnotic, God Bless America is quite possibly the angriest and saddest film of the last ten years’.
The Age Australia –‘ Gory, unfunny satire that deserves a prize for the most strained provocation of the year’.
CNN –‘It's not that you don't sympathize with the characters' sentiments it is, though, that you can't actually go along with their agenda’.
Cinema Crazed –‘A brilliant, fearless, and merciless indictment of American culture, and how we've become the lowest common denominator’.
Paramount comedy channel is a satelite and cable channel that has been around since the 1990's. It was called Paramount Comedy, but in April 2009 it was re-branded as Comedy Central. There are actually 3 channels, Conedy Centrel, Comedy Central +1, which shows the same shows as Comedy Central, but an hour later and then there is Comedy Central extra, which has an altogether different schedule of programmes.
Paramount Comedy or Comedy Central, which ever you prefer to call it is in operation between the hours of 9am and 6am daily. They only show comedy programmes and films. I am a great fan of comedy and this is probably the channel I watch the most.
They tend to group their programmes in one hour slots. For example, at the moment they show Frasier between 9am and 10am. Frasier is a 30 minute show, so they show two episodes in that hour.
Shows currently being aired on Comedy Central include The King of Queens, Two and a half men, Scrubs, and new episodes of 30 rock. They also show a comedy film and Thursday nights and either a film or a stand up comedy show on Saturday and Sunday nights.
If you were going to be critical of the channel, you could argue that they do tend to air the same programmes a lot. Almost all of the programmes are repeats, but for those who missed them the first time round, or just like watching them over and over, it is a great channel.
On the plus side it has enabled me to see a whole lot of new shows that I had never seen before. I like to watch The King of Queens, Two and a half men, 30 Rock and Frasier. I probably wouldn't have seen if I didn't watch this channel.
This channel often has a lot of theme weekends. Sometimes they have sofa Sunday. This is a series of weekends each hosting several episodes of a show. So you might have two whole days of two and half men or Frasier. Other themes have included a politics weekend, featuring episodes from shows with a theme of politics and also so valentines weekend, with episodes from all different shows where the theme is love etc.
Although I think I have now seen every episode of some of my most favourite shows, I will continue to be a fan of Paramount Comedy. Most of shows do tend to be American, which I know some people wont like. For me I just love comedy and having a channel devoted to that is a winner for me.
I'm always searching the channels at home on my television to find something that appeals to me to watch and I often like the programmes shown on both of the Comedy Central stations. Their schedule mainly consists of situation comedies from the United States along with other home grown comedy, live stand up shows which have been recorded and the occasional film.
During the daytime including weekends you can see episodes of Two and a Half Men, Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens. In Two and a Half Men Charlie Sheen stars as Charlie Harper who especially in the earlier series comes across as a real ladies man who drinks alcohol in heavy amounts to help him numb and suppress any kind of emotional issues he may have. His lifestyle is interrupted by his brother Alan who is divorced by his wife Judith and the only place he can go for shelter is Charlie's bringing along his son Jake at weekends. The brothers both conduct themselves in different ways and both have real emotional problems which are noticeable from the way they act but after you see their mother Evelyn you can understand why they are like this. My favourite character has to be Berta though, she is Charlie's housekeeper but often because she is so imposing and forthright it seems like she is in charge really, I get the impression that she would be there for them if they needed help though despite her sarcasm and biting comments. A whole host of other minor characters and special guest stars make the series very funny.
King of Queens stars Kevin James as Doug Heffernan employed as a courier driver in New York and who is married to Carrie. The show focuses a lot on their marriage and also the problems involved with the fact that Arthur (Carrie's father) lives with them in their basement. Lots of amusing storylines involve Doug along with his friends getting in to trouble and being secretive inevitably being discovered by Carrie.
Sex and the City is shown a lot on these channels but I am not really a fan and also Frasier and Mash are broadcast on the Comedy Central Extra station.
At night you can watch brand new episodes of South Park as well as repeats of this series from the back catalogue, I think the writers of this show are extremely clever and I find it very funny although I can appreciate why some find it controversial. The Sarah Silverman Show has quite a cult following and the humour is fairly bizarre and can be offensive hence it being shown late at night but I really recommend it, it is thought provoking and always makes me laugh.
One of the best American shows I have ever seen is 30 Rock. It is not shown on terrestrial television in Britain and so for that reason is still not really well known but it is fantastic. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin star in this very funny show about the daily goings on at NBC television studios in New York as the cast deal with their personal lives, interact with their colleagues and try and write and perform a weekly comedy sketch show. All of the characters are great, there isn't a weak link and although the programme gives a lot of attention to Fey who plays Liz Lemon and Baldwin who plays Jack, Kenneth the page and Tracy Jordan are just brilliant and there scenes together are hilarious.
As I said previously there are a lot of comedies from the USA on the stations but they do broadcast good British programmes also. I first saw Not Going Out starring Lee Mack and Tim Vine on the BBC but it has been repeated reasonably late at night on Comedy Central and compared to other British situation comedies on offer at the moment it is out of this world featuring many clever one liners from all of the characters especially Mack.
I was sceptical when I watched the promotions for Olivia Lee - Dirty Sexy Funny because they really tried to sell it and kept saying it was hilarious which always seems a bit worrying to me that if they have to say that it is, then may be they are not confident to let it speak for itself. I was however pleasantly surprised. Dirty Sexy Funny is a cross between a candid/secret camera and a sketch show and her character creations are great with the looks on the faces of the people she uses in her scenes are priceless. I really recommend this series although it does contain some material which may be offensive to some, she is also extremely beautiful but I know that is not amazingly relevant.
Comedy Central and Comedy Central Extra both have plus one channels so if you miss your favourite show you can watch it an hour later which is an option that a lot of networks offer these days. One of the only problems is that there are an awful lot of repeats on these stations and even if you watch an episode of Two and a Half Men in the morning more than likely it could be shown again in the afternoon and then maybe again in the early evening. This is similar on other channels as well though and I suppose they only have a finite number of episodes they are able to broadcast. Check out Comedy Central though despite this and the obvious advertisements as it is always fantastic to have laughter in your life.
Paramount Comedy now known as Comedy Central is one of my favourites channels on Sky - channel numbers 126, 127, 128 and 159.
There are 4 different channel numbers because of the various varieties of the channel:
126 - Comedy Central
127 - Comedy Central +1
128 - Comedy Central X
159 - Comedy Central X +1
The first one being the main one where the main shows are shown throughout the day.
The reason for this being one of my favourite channels is the amount of shows, which I like to watch, that are on daily. These shows are all from America and include:
Two and Half Men
King of Queens
Everybody Loves Raymond
These shows are on daily meaning there's almost always something on that I like to watch. On top of these shows there is usually some kind of stand-up on at night, whether it's Comedy Club, Jongleurs Unleashed or just one comedians show (often Lee Evans).
There are also plenty of other shows, which I don't watch, which would provide plenty of reason for others to watch, Sex and the City and Frasier being the two main ones, which spring to mind. There's also a movie on each week, recent movies include Beetle Juice and Scary Movie 3.
Apart from the consistency of the quality shows, I also like the theme of the channel. Focussing on my favourite genre - comedy. This crosses over from the programme to the overall channel style. The way it is presented is very laid back and casual looking - which I like.
Another plus point is that they get new episodes of the shows quite quickly. New South Park episodes are shown a few days after they're shown in the US; the other shows take a little longer (E4 started showing Scrubs season 8 well before CC).
One slight disadvantage is that there are quite a few repeats shown, but strangely this seams to be the case for Two and a Half Men, much more than the others.
Overall Comedy Central is an excellent channel, with lots of shows, which I enjoy. It is the channel I watch most, because of the back-to-back showings of the aforementioned shows.
The Comedy Central channel has been my default channel whenever i'm unsure where to flick to next. If I ever see Graham Norton, it's time to 132. A glimpse of Vernon Kay, 132. That travel advert with Jamie Redknapp, 132... Oh wait i'm already there AAAAHHHH!
Having cable tv, i'm never without something to watch but having access to all these tv channels means a lot more adverts for me. What I like to do, if i'm ever planning to laze about the house in a pair of my loosest trousers is spend a bit of time in front of Comedy Central. Reliable, reassuring, almost certainly repreated episodes of solid American sitcoms. To avoid the adverts for the various accident claims companies and car insurance for women I like to wake up and press pause on my V+ box (this works equally well on your Sky + box or Freeview PVR) and go for a shower or make some cheese on toast.
When I get back, i'm about twenty minutes behind the live broadcast which is about the average amount of adverts that make up an hour here and i'm free to fast forward through all the soul destroying breaks. It's ironic really how access to pay tv makes you miss the BBC...
For now, I can enjoy my breakfast with uninterrupted access to Scrubs and Frasier and the US Office. The channel is comforting in its familiarity. It shows little more than half a dozen different shows with the sunday schedule devoted to a single show as part of what they call 'Sofa Sunday'.
The channel currently shows Two and a Half Men, Frasier, Scrubs, The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond and South Park in the evening as well as some live stand-up performances.
The most recent South Park episodes represent the best of the channel for me as the show becomes more outrageous and offensive with age. Ultimately however, the channel is about mindless entertainment and is a perfect bedfellow for a vicious hangover, with the remote control to hand.
Paramount Comedy (now known as Comedy Central and also Comedy CentralX) is a channel bringing all of the best comedy programs to you on a daily basis with regular back to back offerings also.
The channel brings mainly American comedy shows to you with such classics as Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cheers, Scrubs, MASH, Two and a Half Men, 3rd Rock From the Sun and many more. With everybody always commenting on how there is nothing good on telly and there being so many negatives in the world it is important to try to have a positive outlook and so laughter is a great way to keep your spirits up and with Comedy Central and Comedy CentralX you have a real way of doing this throughout the day and night.
The shows on are brilliantly varied in their style of comedy but all offer fantastic laughs and memorable moments so although you may have seen them before you really don't mind watching them again.
- Excellent comedy shows on offer
- Laughter throughout the day and night
- Back to back episodes allow you to relax and watch your favourites for an hour at a time
- These are repeats but are classics and worth watching again and again
Paramount Comedy channels are available on Sky and Virgin Media and well worth a watch so take a little look as there is something you like that you haven't seen in ages.
Paramount Comedy, now Comedy Central is my FAVOURITE tv channel. 90% of the times I put it on there is something to watch either on the channel or on the plus one.
It doesn't shy away from good, funny, easily watched programmes in the name of variety. Its got it spot on. Often I can spend a day in the kitchen baking and decorating a cake and it will stay on in the background during this time.
It boasts programmes such as Sex in the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, King of Queens, South Park and Frasier. Often back to back episodes in a thing called 'mixed doubles'. This means two of one, two of another, two of the first... etc.
The advert breaks come at the middle of and end of each show, and are not unreasonably long.
I forgot to mention Scrubs - there is lots of Scrubs! (including new episodes!)
Lots of repeats but I like it, easy watching, good company and doesn't need your full attention to be enjoyable and present you with regular laughs!
So Paramount comedy, or comedy central as its now known. Well I do like this channel. Am really into my comedy shows so I suppose this helps. There is also a comedy central +1 so if your to late for your favorite show you can catch up.
The basic format is two shows back to back every hour. This is not always the case, sometimes they do mix it up but this is generally the way they work.
Most of the shows are American sitcoms. Some better than others. They have classics on there like Frasier and Scrubs. These are really the back bone of the channel during the day. Other great shows like two and half men with Charlie Sheen are real classics.
Later on at night programmes like Sex and the City, Southpark etc provide slightly more adult humor.
My current favorite on there has to be the American Office with Steve Carroll, this has a new episode from season 3 once a week on a wednesday night. There are plenty of other classic shows on there as well that everyone will enjoy.
They often do comedy stand up shows which are very funny. These are usually on later on as the language can be quite strong sometimes.
This is a really channel, plenty on there for everyone. Although as you find with most sky channels there are a lot of repeats, but even so these are the kind of shows you can watch over and over and still be entertained.
WHAT IS IT:
It's pretty self explanatory really, Paramount is a comedy channel available via digital satellite and cable. It regularly shows many American sitcoms such as Sex and the City, Frasier and Two and a Half Men as well as repeats of British sitcoms and some standup shows.
There are 2 Paramount channels so you can almost always find some good comedy to watch at any time during the day. The schedule is quite varied but always features old favourites such as Frasier and Sex and the City. There are often weekends devoted to just one programme such as Frasier which make for great lazy Saturday afternoons. It often has some good standup from the Comedy Store which you don't get on many other channels as well as longer sets from comedians like Chris Rock. It's one of my favourite channels as I really like American sitcoms like M*A*S*H and programmes like this are constantly showing on Paramount.
As the schedule is made up mostly of repeats of old series of sitcoms, there is quite a strong chance that you will have seen the episode before. It can get a bit samey after a while and some of the programmes are not as good as others.
Paramount Comedy has to be one of my favourite channels.
It broadcasts on Sky digital channel 126, virgin media channel 132.
Paramount +1 on sky channel 127, virgin media 133.
Paramount 2 on sky channel 128, and virgin media 134.
+ 1 is the same as paramount but broadcast 1 hour behind so if you love to watch the double bill of Frasier at 13.00 but don't get in untill 13.45 you can watch it at 14.00 on +1.
Paramount 2 focuses more on british comedy.
My favourite programes are Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer, Everbody loves Raymond starring Ray Ramano and king of queens starring Kevin James and Two and a half men starring Charlie Sheen and John Cryer, 4 of the best american sitcoms ever.It also has Becker starring Ted Danson, Scrubs with Zac Braff, South park and many more.
They also show a lot of stand comedy like Lee evans and Jack Dee and the great Last Comic Standing the x- factor for comediens.
The only thing that is bad about this channel is the amount of repeats it shows, as it shows doubles bills everyday its not long before you get back to the beginning episodes again.
All in all this is a great tv channel that shows some of finest sitcoms of all time.
Paramount Comedy is a television channel available in the UK through Sky Digital and Virgin Media. The channel launched in 1995 and, as its name suggests, focuses on broadcasting comedy. It is available on channel 126 on Sky (and also on 127 as a time-shifted channel, broadcasting the same programmes one hour later) and on Virgin Media channel 132 (with a timeshifted channel on 133).
My favourite shows on Paramount Comedy are:
Starring Kelsey Grammar, this is the sitcom spin-off from Cheers which revels in sophistical humour.
This is one of the sitcoms that Ted Danson made after the cancellation of Cheers. It is far away from the quality of Cheers, but is a fun show nonetheless.
Two And A Half Men
This is the sitcom Charlie Sheen starred in after Spin City was cancelled (he took over the lead role in that sitcom after Michael J. Fox left due to ill health)
Paramount Comedy is well worth viewing if you like American sitcoms.
Cybill, Mash, Fraiser....
If its classic American sitcoms, (and they DO know how to get something right, we have 'Benson' and 'Soap' to thank them for)
Then this is the channel where you'll find them. There are not only US prgrammes, you'll find some great British stuff too. I think Jack Dee is on Sundays, 'Live at the Apollo.'
I love the channel for Mash, although, but so often they will decide to have a weekend of something...such as Mash, and for the whole weekend they will show one episode after another, which if you're out there Mr Paramount...'please, its a nice thought but even Mash after a few hours becomes dull.'
Its the only thing that spoils it.
Over Christmas my 21st century family got with it, and installed a Sky Digital service. Being the smug young man with one friend that I am, I had already experienced its pleasures over the last three years round my friend?s house, but had never experienced Channel 127: Paramount. PROGRAMMES & SCHEDULING Paramount is almost exclusively a comedy channel, and one that screens the shows that other channels haven?t already claimed through the rule of ?baggsy.? British classics range from the ever-present, but infuriatingly late runs of ?Monty Python?s Flying Circus? to more modern and low-budget affairs such as the Comedy Store and ?Time Gentlemen Please.? Weekends on Paramount, at least late at night, feature plenty of live comedy and through the rule of not fixing an unbroken thing, live shows of Lee Evans show at 9pm almost every week. The above mix of British comedy is what attracts me to Paramount, and causes me to waste precious evenings of my life in front of channel 127. As with every other channel in history however, the daytime schedule is unfortunately dire. I?m sure ?M*A*S*H? has plenty of dedicated viewers but it?s not something I enjoy sitting down to watch, while Michael J. Fox?s ?hilarious? ?Spin City? never deserves a screening. ?Happy Days? and ?Robin?s Nest? fans are also catered for. One of the channel?s major selling points is its array of high-budget, popular US comedies. These shows will doubtless attract the channel many viewers and allow it to remain present, however I would literally rather take my own life than watch an episode of ?Sex & the City? or ?All McBeal.? Literally. Well, I would wound myself
at least. Earlier in the afternoon, the channel also shows the less risqué but equally poor ?Third Rock from the Sun? and the intellectual boredom of ?Frasier,? ?Becker? and ?Seinfeld.? Late night also finds time to bring out some truly terrible short programmes such as ?Bill Plymton Shorts?: literally a ten-minute screening of some newspaper cartoon images with pauses for reading. Oh dear. FILMS Of course, we the general public mostly associate the Paramount logo with films. The Star Trek films have already been bought by Sci-Fi and terrestrial channels, but a healthy mix of American and British comedies often litters the prime time slots. For me, the highlight is the ?Naked Gun? series starring Leslie Nielsen, and fans will be pleased to hear that the channel regularly shows ?Police Squad,? the early eighties comedy series it was based upon. For me, this is where the appeal ends, however any fans of the ?Beverly Hills Cop? movies is very well catered for, as these seem to be on every single Friday. Please don?t hold me to that. My Dad would also enjoy the awful ?Confessions? films ? yes, those rude, Benny Hill-esque features starring Robin Asquith ? and these are shown acceptably late in the night. AVAILABILITY Paramount is classed as a popular and regular channel, and as such is included in all basic Sky Digital and Telewest packages. If you don?t have access to Paramount, you can simulate its effects by recording Channel 4?s late night US import shows, buying some Lee Evans and Monty Python DVDs and finally digging out your mum?s tapes of ?Happy Days? for a Paramount night in. VE
;RDICT I apologise if my overwhelmingly negative of all but a few programmes have offended readers, or simply caused boredom, but I can?t condone these kind of shows. If Paramount was allowed access to more classic British comedy owned by UK Gold ? Fawlty Towers and Dad?s Army would go down a treat, although I still wouldn?t watch the latter ? it would be a much more deserving channel, but at present its mix of American and British comedies seems too juxtaposed to really work. Paramount 2 is a nice addition, despite the fact that it doesn?t have any unique programmes, but has been known to show popular programmes at a more accessible time; earlier this year it screened Monty Python an hour before the main Paramount channel at 11.20pm. Paramount is a good channel for broad-minded comedy fans, but for people with specific tastes such as mine it can only satisfy on a limited number of occasions. No matter how many hundreds of channels are introduced, there has not been a channel invented that provides high quality TV during the day.
Taxi, MASH, Third Rock from the Sun, Cheers, Mork and Mindy, Happy Days, Frasier, Roseanne: a roll call of the sort of comedy I love. Some I grew up with, others are more recent. All are cracking shows. And do you know what? They're all on in one day on the Paramount comedy channel. I like USA comedies. I think they write funnier stuff than we do, but if you like UK stuff, then Paramount will look after you too! The Sketch Show, The Comedy Store and the excellent Drop the Dead Donkey are all shown, together with Monty Python, and a good does of good old Carry On films. I always try to laugh several times a day. Sometimes I'll see something funny in the street that will make me laugh: for example, someone slipping on a banana skin, or an old lady mugging a small gypsy child. But if I haven't seen anything to amuse me all day, I know that I can turn on the Paramount Channel and get 100% of my RDA of laughter without having to change channel. What more could you ask for?
Brifely, the Paramount Comedy channel a sky channel that you have to pay for.It runs from 9am-4am and shows a mixture of British, American and Australian comeday shows, and also some terrible films at the weekend. Unfortunately i only have cable, so paramount starts at 7, which is perfect, as my little sister is usually watching Nickelodeon in the daytime anyway. Below are some of my favourite programs, with a brief(ish!) description of each. M*A*S*H - This is one of my favourite programs at the moment. They have just shown a MASH weekend, and are now showing double episodes from 7pm til 8pm, (and it is also on at 1pm) It is set in the Korean War, where there are a bunch of doctors near the front line trying to mend all the wounded soldiers. The 2 main characters, Hawk Eye Pierce (played by the lovely Alan Alda) and MacIntyre produce most of the comedy, but there is a cross dresser, trying to get out, an annoying major, and too many others to mention. SEINFELD - This is shown at 8pm (and repeated at 12.40) I had heard all the hype about this program in America, but having not seen the show in this country, didnt understand it, until it was shown on Paramount. It is focused around the comedian Jerry Seinfeld, his ex girlfriend Elaine, his hopeless friend Geogre, and his mad neighbour Kramer. There is a mention of Superman in every episode, and the apartment Jerry lives in, Jerry was supposed to have once lived in himself. (i have written a seperate op on this!) FRASIER - (shown at 10pm, but soon to become the Frasier hour) This is a spin off from the hit show Cheers (also shown on this channel) It is set in Seattle, around Dr Frasier Crane. He is a radio psychiatrist. He lives an appartment with his dad, an ex-cop who had to retire, after being shot on duty in the hip, and his fathers physical therapist, Daphne, who is from Manchester, England, and is supposedly psychic. Also, Frasiers brother Niles, who is also a ps
ychiatrist, is very funny (and cute!!), and adores Daphne for many years, until on her wedding night he decides to tell her, and Roz, the man crazy producer to Frasiers show, all gel togehter to make a very funny show, which has won a record 5 Emmys in a row. SPIN CITY - (shown at 2.30pm, and 9pm ) Starring Michael J Fox, this is set in New York, he is the deputy Mayor, to a useless mayor, who thinks of Mike as his son, and couldnt be without him!! Later shows have Charlie Sheen as deputy mayor, as Michael J Fox's Parkinsons disease became too much for him to be able to continue working. The mixture of characters again all gel together perfectly to create perfect comic moments, and there are some very funny situations. The final episode featuring Michael J Fox was very sad, it had me, and my sister in tears. (just so u are warned!!) BECKER - This stars Ted Danson, who owns a doctors office in the Bronx. He is highly opinionated, and doesnt care that everyone knows what he is thinking!! Deep down he has a good heart though. Others shows on the Paramount channel are:- -A Different World, a spin off from the cosby show, where their daughter Denise goes to college -Moesha, also shown on Nickelodeon, starring the singer Brandy. -The Cosby Show, features the cosby family, and their strict father. -Grace Under Fire, follows Grace as she struggles to bring up her kids. -Ellen, featuring very funny comedian Ellen Degeneres. This is also one of my favourite shows. -Caroline in the City - Caroline writes a comdedy strip called Caroline in the City. -Happy Days, needs no explanation. -Mad About You, starring Helen Hunt, and Paul something!! -Cheers, the show featuring Ted Danson that ran for 11 years, and was the most popular comedy show of its time. -Dharma and Greg - Dharma was brought up to not believe in anything bad, and Greg is a lawyer, who had been brought up strictly by his parents. The
y get married on the first day they meet, and the differences in their personalities makes a very funny show. -Married..with Children, this seems to be on forever, and is occaisonally funny. Al is a shoe salesman, the worst job someone can have, and his wife enjoys spending Al's money on herself, and not doing any housework. -Drop the Dead Donkey (done a seperate op on this) -Sex and the City, also shown on channel 4, a show basically about relationships. -Roseanne, been on forever, but still seems popular, although personally i cant stand it. -Kenny Everett, a very poor comdey sketch show, dont know why they keep showing this. -Monty Python, im sure everyone knows about this 2 -Bill Plymptons Shorts - a series of short comdey cartoons, to fill in gaps in schedules. -Taxi - featuring the very obnoxious Danny De Vito. Shows such as Father Ted, Bob and Margaret, King of Queens, Shock Jock, Sit Down,Shut Up, Linc's, News Radio, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Shoot the Messenger, Whos the Boss, Whose Line is it Anyway? and Just Shoot Me have also been shown at various times, and are often circulated back into the schedule. As well as all this, there are films on at the weekend. There have been some (what i would consider) decent films such as Beverly Hills Cop, Naked Gun 33 1/3, Carry ons and then there are terrible films such as the Porkys films, and Revenge of the Nerds. There are often special weekends, and stand up features,to add to an already great channel. Another bonus of this channel is that you dont have to wait long to see the next episode of your favourite show, as it is probably on again the next day. They also show series' in order from the very first episode to the very last, then start again.