This show was a rare thing. Open-minded, modern and funny. Most sit com writers would baulk at writing some of the lines that are said in this programme. Cybil is a sort of modern, glamourous, confident hippy, if such a thing is possible. A lot of her standards and opinions are viewed as extreme or too new age, but there should be more of this to strike a balance of opinion in the industry. Cybil shepherd plays a character that she said was based on herself if she hadn’t had the success that she did have in Hollywood. I find Cybil’s character very likeable, and I wish I had had a mother just like her. I feel that in some ways we share some personality traits (scary, yes). The show’s storylines tackle some heavy issues, but you’d never know it, as most of the time the emphasis is so heavily on humour you don’t get a chance to get bogged down with the politics involved. Good to have a break from time to time! Cybil is a twice divorced, poorly paid actor mainly doing adverts for dodgy products. Mary-Ann, her alcoholic best friend, is always around, she is her partner in crime and is played by a familiar face (?) This character hates her ex husband so much that she employs war-like tactics against him on a regular basis. Always trying to look glamourous it is surprising to see her get her hands dirty in the name of retribution! Cybil’s 2 daughters are always a source of good-natured friction. Over all the show makes you feel alright about ageing in this youth obsessed culture. If I develop the confidence and spirit that Cybil has as I get older I’ll be very happy. Unfortunately I have to end on the sad note that it is that very thing, age, that has led to the cancellation of the show, at least that’s what I’ve heard. Apparently the station though Cybil was just too old now, which makes a mockery of what the show was allowed to stand for (for a while anyway). Pooh! to t
he US programme makers. catch repeats on channel 4 from time to time.
Cybill is a victim of Channel 4's erratic scheduling, and consequently its never really built itself the audience it probably deserves. As American comedy goes it is top quality with beleivable characters in fairly realistic situations. the main character is of course Cybil - played by Cybil Shepherd - and her life is obviously *very* losely based on Shepherd's own life, just like Roseanne was based on Roseanne Barr's. Cybill has two daughters and two ex husbands who she is still friendly with. She also has a fairly psychotic best friend who lives nearby called Mary Ann. Mary Ann appears posh and insanely rich but she comes from a much poorer background, her son has abandoned her and she is wildly obsessed with her ex husband Dr Dick. Mary Ann is probably the most interesting character even if she is playing second fiddle to Cybil, but the series itself is a well written and humourous delight.
Now this is a very funny show,Cybil is an actress who just never seem's to get any really good parts,and the parts she get's are because of her leg's or hands. Cybil has two ex-husbands who still keep's in touch just like they were best friends.(unlike in real life!) Her best friend is well a drinker to say the least,and is out to get her ex-husband Dr Dick because he left her for another woman.Some of the antics she get's up to doing this is rib cracking. This is a show I could watch everyday and cannot wait for them to make a new series.I t needs to be back on my screen on my friday night's in. Exellent show.
~~~~~~~ Background ~~~~~~~ Cybill Sheridan (played by Cybill Shepherd) is a forty something who never qite hit the big time as an actress. She has two daughters, one who still lives at home, and one who is married with a baby, and spends much of her time with her next door neighbour and best friend Mary Ann, a bitter divorcee on the brink of alchoholism. Cybil also has two ex-husbands, and we get to see a lot of Ira, who is the father of her younger daughter, Zoey. Ira is a writer who often turns to Cybill for inspiration. Many of the plots centre on Mary Ann enlisting Cybill to help in her latest plot to get revenge on Richard, her ex-husband, also known as Dr. Dick. Naturally, these plots always go horribly wrong, and leave Cybill and Mary Ann looking like idiots...in fact, Cybill usually looks like an idiot! ~~~~~~~ My Opinion ~~~~~~~ Now, Cybill is not one of *the* great comedies like Cheers or Friends, but it's good viewing when you don't want to devote much energy to concentrating. It's often very anti men, and many of the best jokes come from Zoey, Cybill's daughter. Nevertheless, it's a good lightweight programme, and always makes me laugh at the end of a hard day's work.
CYBIL Sometimes I think the Americans have a very peculiar sense of humour but this is actually funny. I have always liked Cybil (it’s funny how you always call them by their role name) I mean Moonlighting was a great show in its time, I could still watch it now. But it’s her side sidekick who really makes the show, she’s a bit like our Patsy out of Absolutely Fab. Likes the bottle and the men but never really gets to the falling down stage. And they are always talking about the dreaded menopause and the way gravity plays cruel tricks on the fairer sex. It’s just funny, no messages or issues and half an hour of fun.
Well it has happened again another American TV series that has failed to make me laugh. This series should have been dead and buried a long time ago why they bought it over here is anyone’s guess. The plot is not worth a mention but I have watched it again when it was on the Paramount channel and I still didn’t laugh. You can also see this series on Channel 4 if you wish. Bring Back Moonlighting I laughed at some of that anyway. This series sucks avoid it.
I can't imagine that anyone actually plans to watch this show - it's just on sometimes, frequently when nothing else is. It might have made me chortle slightly a couple of times, but to think that people's careers are centered around producing this sub-middle of the road type of comedy is a bit depressing. It was half-decent in the early days, and is now hideosly tired, the nothing-more-than-functional jokes having worn a bit thin. This programme passes the time. I imagine it's quite cheap to buy the rights to broadcast Cybill, otherwise it'd have stayed in the States. Two things save me from giving it the dreaded 1 out of 5 - first, the fact that it isn't absolutely terrible; there are worse programmes out in terms of entertainment value (certain BBC Learning Zone ones, for example, or the Tweenies). Second, there is the character of Zoe, Cybill's daughter, who I am covertly in love with (the actress who plays her, rather than the character - I like my women to have more than two character traits). Anyway, don't go out of your way to watch this programme. If there's nothing else on, I suggest cooking, jogging, or perhaps chess.
Have you noticed how many programmes are starting to begin with one namers?- We have "Roseanne", "Ellen" and now "Cybil". They all star a strong female lead character in the role and are strangely all recognisable as top comedies! For this reason, Cybil out shines many other comedy programmes in terms of humour, storylines and characters. Thankful to the Paramount Channel, I have now managed to see many episodes of "Cybil" and have not become bored with it yet. This is not saying it isn't possible, but although it is not strictly my normal sense of humour, I do find it funny most of the time. My only criticism is that as with all of these comedys they are strangely over the top. It seems that writers cannot produce a comedy any more, which isn't. Hits such as "The Young Ones" and "Absolutely Fabulous" are over the top in terms of performances but are also fantastically funny all of the time. On the other hand, the programme is well done and to a high standard.
Is the American actress playing Cybil all that good or is it just the programme that isn't? Cybil has got to be one of the worst sitcoms I have seen in my life time. It isn't funny. It isn't interesting. The storyline is uninventive, unimaginative and boring. The plot is even worse. The acting? - I won't even comment. When I started watching it, I admit at first it was alright. However, I lasted about four episodes and then had to simply flick over the channel. The over protective mother of one - one very annoying female teenager, thats divorced, with an almost completely failed acting career (she gets the occassional job here and there), leaves me with one thing to say - 'yeh, yeh, we've heard it all before'. The continuous squabbling between her and her daughter, the continous let downs she gives to her daughter after making promises that she can not keep, and the continuous arguements with her ex-husband leaves me with a suggestion for the producers; replace the sets with that of a field and tree, replace the props for birds to fly in the sky (you know, authenticity), and then finally replace all the actors with squirrels, and it will be a whole lot better. PRODUCERS, TAKE HEED, TAKE MY ADVICE!
I have to say that Cybill is one of the few American comedies that I can stomach so im suprised at the criticism that has been bandied around. I think that there are some really good actors and actresses in this show and it is well written because it is pretty funny. I certainly try and make space to see it whenever its on Channel 4 because its well worth watching. Its all about the trials and tribulations of Cybill Sheperd a Hollywood actress and her comical happenings both on and off screen. If youve never had the chance to see it then I wholeheartedly reccommend it, its one of the best and most underrated comedies to come out of America.
Along with Friends and Frasier, Cybil is one of my favourite comedies. Cybil, shows the life of a struggling women who works as an actress. She is divorced and lives alone with her daughter. Her life long, rich friend Marianne who is also divorced often supports her. Together Cybil and Marianne have lots of fun and are extremely laughable from the things that they do. I would recommend Cybil to anyone who enjoys watching laid back comedies.
I love the Paramount Comedy Channel. I really do. I could sit down all evening and watch it until close... almost. It would probably even be my favourite TV channel... if it wasn't for one unfortunate fact -- It shows Cybil at 9.30 every night. In a programme worse than anything the good folks at ITV have ever dreamed up, Cybil Shepherd and co. try to be funny... and fail miserably. Containing some of the worst acting you'll ever see outside of children's TV, this is painful stuff. Generally, most comedies are either funny or have an attractive cast. Sometimes both. This has neither. Ordinarily, I wouldn't mind. I mean, you won't find me complaining about the pathetic "Babes in the Wood" or "Days Like These" simply because nobody in their right mind would expect them to be funny anyway. But a show that's usually positioned between the entertaining Married With Children and the superb Frasier has got to deliver. This not only fails to deliver but also almost destroys the entire nightly line-up. I mean, before Frasier, for goodness sake. That's like asking Steps to support The Beatles. The Comedy Channel has the rights to the first six (possibly even seven now) series of Seinfeld and yet, they decide to show this rubbish every night. So, in effect, we've got the worst comedy ever being shown instead of the best comedy ever. That's a serious case of misplaced priorities.
I loved this series when it first aired. Cybill Shepperd played a small-time actress, in and out of work, coping with Hollywood, her precocious daughter, and her alchoholic friend next door Mary-Ann. She had problems everyone could relate to: scraping enough money to pay bills ; trying to get a job ; and raising a teenage daughter. This combined with crackling dialogue and comical situations produced a wonderful sit-com. Sadly its gone down-hill after the first few seasons. She now dresses in a LA power suit, she almost controls the people and world around her, and the dialogue is so bad it hurts.
Cybil Sherpard takes the lead in this American sit com. She stars as an actress, who is often out of work or struggling with acting roles which are clearly terrible. From working with pigs to being a female detective where the main point of interest is her legs her work is generally only a backdrop to her more hectic and chaotic personal life. Her best friend is a shopaholic, bitter against her ex husband and admits that she is completely self absorbed and superficial. Cybil's ex husbands (yes plural) are still around which add to the chaos especially when one has a relationship with her best friend. Cybil's teenage daughter also creates as must chaos as any teenager. The laughs are not forced, but are still indicated by the annoying American habit of inserting canned laughter. The script writers have left Cybil in the persona she has become known for, the same female lively character she was seen as when she started in Moonlighting with Bruce Willis. It is not a programme worth going out of your way to watch, but if its on it is good light entertainment.