Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.
December is a time to look back at the year that was in television, and now it's time for comedy. Modern Family
won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy, 30 Rock went live and Louie C.K. made me laugh a whole lot over the summer.
Here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of comedy in 2010.The Good: Dan Harmon and the Writers of Community
No other show on TV comes close to the insane cleverness of Community
in 2010. Episodes about paintball, zombies and mean girls are just a few examples of the way this show reinvents sitcom premises and revels in the kind of ingenuity and inspiration you typically see on the Internet. $#*! My Dad Says
might be inspired by a Twitter feed, but Community
is a far better representation of the tone of modern pop culture.The Bad: Edie Falco Winning the Emmy
I love Edie Falco, and I actually enjoy Nurse Jackie
quite a bit. But it is NOT a comedy. I understand that, for the Emmys, a show that's only a half-hour might seem like a comedy. But there's almost nothing funny about the show and definitely nothing funny about Falco's pill-popping adulteress Jackie Peyton. Falco even admitted as much during her acceptance speech, stating "I'm not funny." So while it might be a good show, it's bad for comedy to let these kinds of performances beat out genuinely funny ladies. The Ugly: What SNL Did to Bryan Cranston
Sometimes Emmy-winning stars like Jon Hamm and Alec Baldwin are perfect for SNL
, but at the start of this season the show booked three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, a man who has consistantly delivered an amazing performance on Breaking Bad
and who, before that, rpvoed how funny he is on Malcolm in the Middle
. Yet watching him host SNL
was like torture, seeing this genuinely talented and funny man forced to do unfunny comedy. It was painful, embarrassing and just plain ugly.(Images courtesy of NBC, Showtime and CBS)