Tonight marks the first time since "Seinfeld" was on the air that NBC can truly say Thursday is Must-See TV. It's rare these days to find a two-hour block of comedy on network television, let alone good comedy. Comprised of, in order, My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs
, and 30 Rock
, NBC's new Thursday night schedule is the biggest coup of the season, at least to me.
NBC may be struggling these days, but I really like what they've done this season. They only canceled one show I liked (Kidnapped
), and kept on two very good shows (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
and Friday Night Lights
) that have been receiving mediocre ratings.
Now, with Must-See Comedy Thursdays back, I can watch three of my favorite shows (The Office, Scrubs, 30 Rock
) on one night. How nice is that? I'd even argue that this block is better than the Friends-Seinfeld Thursdays of yore, only because those two shows were consistently surrounded by crap. NBC Thursday's, now, have four quality shows, two of which (The Office
) I think are better than "Friends" ever was.
It's also the Scrubs
season premiere tonight. It may be it's last. Scrubs looks to be coming to an end after this season, as a result of Zach Braff leaving to pursue a film career. There's been talk of keeping the show going and just making Turk the main character, but I don't see that working at all. Enjoy Scrubs
while you can, seeing as it's one of the most underrated comedies of our time may not be around for too much longer.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer