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Old 05-12-2017, 11:55 AM
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Would you choose to live in a classic era sitcom world?

In the 1998 movie Pleasantville, Reese Witherspoon's character decides at the end to stay in Pleasantville, saying she'd have a better life in Fifties America than she would in the 1990s real world. She even mentions her grades in the real world means she has no chance of university, unlike the Pleasantville Fifties America.

Would any poster here prefer the world of an old sitcom to live in?
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:59 AM
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What's the cutoff for "old sitcom"?

Because I want Charles in charge of me!

ETA: JK . If was going to live in an 80s sitcom, Silver Spoons seems like a lot more fun.




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Old 05-12-2017, 12:01 PM
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In the 1998 movie Pleasantville, Reese Witherspoon's character decides at the end to stay in Pleasantville, saying she'd have a better life in Fifties America than she would in the 1990s real world. She even mentions her grades in the real world means she has no chance of university, unlike the Pleasantville Fifties America.

Would any poster here prefer the world of an old sitcom to live in?
Depends on the sitcom and whether I am a lead character.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:01 PM
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Would any poster here prefer the world of an old sitcom to live in?
Not Hogan's Heros, that's for sure.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:03 PM
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Petticoat Junction, maybe.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:04 PM
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I did live in that world. Suburbs, stay-at-home-mom, walked to school, restricted to one hour of TV every day, ate dinner every evening in the dining room with my parents, my mother made breakfast for me every day through college graduation. There are some things about it I would gladly go back to.

No, life was not great for everyone, I realize that. Just answering the question.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:06 PM
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I did live in one. I was a little older than Beaver, graduating high school in 1956.

I wouldn't have wanted it to be any other way.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:20 PM
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Since many old sitcoms gave an idealized, clean, peaceful, unrealistic view of the world, I'm sure that many of them would be a better place to live. (If forced to live in one, I'd probably go with Andy Griffith.)
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:23 PM
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Since many old sitcoms gave an idealized, clean, peaceful, unrealistic view of the world, I'm sure that many of them would be a better place to live. (If forced to live in one, I'd probably go with Andy Griffith.)
Good choice. Things aren't too zany there. You can drive up to Raleigh or Mt. Pilot when you want a little excitement.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:38 PM
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I could go for the surreal world of Hooterville in Green Acres.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:47 PM
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I'd go for Leave It To Beaver because Larry Mondello would be a fun goofy friend.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:52 PM
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Time-traveling with Blackadder could be interesting, or the Red Dwarf spaceship.

Working in an office in Slough or Scranton, not so much.
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:01 PM
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Depending on what you mean by classic era...

M*A*S*H, no.
Beverly Hillbillies, no.
Gilligan's Island,... no.
I Dream of Jeannie...

Okay, we could be on to something, here.
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:14 PM
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I've often thought I'd love to live in Mayberry. Or New Rochelle in the early 60s.

My 3 Sons, Beaver, Brady Bunch - they had pretty nice lives IMO.

Guess all would be less appealing if I weren't a white male...
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Old 05-12-2017, 02:05 PM
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I, too, grew up in Sitcomville™. Imagine Dennis the Menace being raised by a dad with Archie Bunker's politics (but Dick Van Dyke's humor), and a June Cleaver mom.

It was so comfy, I had to force myself to move out and into PrimeTimeville™ instead. Ended up in a family more like Malcolm in the Middle (or Roseanne), working at St. Elsewhere with the cast of Scrubs, and had kids who are more like Freaks and Geeks.
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Old 05-12-2017, 02:17 PM
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I'd go for Leave It To Beaver because Larry Mondello would be a fun goofy friend.
Just imagine gettin' all up in that June Cleaver!
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Old 05-12-2017, 02:36 PM
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I've often thought I'd love to live in Mayberry. Or New Rochelle in the early 60s.

My 3 Sons, Beaver, Brady Bunch - they had pretty nice lives IMO.
But where are you going to shit?
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:42 PM
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I think Rob and Laura Petrie would be great as neighbors. Ditto Bob and Emily Hartley. On the other hand I couldn't possibly keep up with the Huxtables.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:01 PM
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I Dream of Jeannie...

Okay, we could be on to something, here.
My first thought. This is a world with freakin' genies and astronauts.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:21 PM
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I grew up in one of those worlds. But bear in mind that behind the picket fences and perfect lawns, life was not like it appeared on tv. There were things in my childhood that I'd never want to return to. In some respects, the American Dream was a nightmare.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:21 PM
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McKeever and the Colonel. I always wanted to go to military school when I was a kid.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:36 PM
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Oh, well, move the Pepperwinkles right next door to The Addams Family. We'll be fine.
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:13 PM
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I wouldn't mind being the master of Julie Newmar in My Living Doll. As long as she had all (cough) working parts.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Living_Doll
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:54 PM
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Gidget. You're surrounded by beautiful girls, and you don't do much of anything except hang out at the beach and soda shop. Yeah they technically go to school but nobody seems to take their studies seriously or even worry about a career path. Plus dad's well off with a fancy house close to the ocean.
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:36 PM
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Bewitched would be good. I'd be no Darren-stick-in-the-mud, witchcraft should be used as a tool!

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Old 05-12-2017, 10:12 PM
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I'd love to live in the TV world of The Monkees.

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Old 05-13-2017, 07:01 AM
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I'd love to live in the TV world of The Monkees.
But all the fast forward parts would be very, very tiring.
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:18 AM
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Bewitched would be good. I'd be no Darren-stick-in-the-mud, witchcraft should be used as a tool!
It all depends on who you are. You're picturing being married to Sam.

What if you were married to Gladys Kravitz?
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:03 AM
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What if you were married to Gladys Kravitz?
Abner was a world-weary realist. I can relate to that.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:44 AM
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I'd love Rob & Laura Petrie for neighbors.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:05 AM
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Life was pretty easy and simple in those sitcoms, I would want to avoid Get Smart and the Honeymooners though. First means I would be living in a dangerous world where all but the main characters were subject to death and torture. The second, as it was a crappiest living standard of all the DomComs.

Ghost and Mrs. Muir seemed like a nice place to live, the little town Gull Cottage was near.

Nanny and the Professor was a University Campus and town.

I Dream of Jeannie would probably mean I was working for NASA! That would be a win.

New Rochelle of the Dick Van Dyke show seemed boring, but working in TV with Rob Petry and crew might be fun, then again, the boss would be tough.

Beaver, My 3 Sons, Flying Nun, Andy Griffith Show, Green Acres, and the other rurals all seem unappealing too me though Beverly Hillbillies would probably mean I was a neighbor and thus well off and only had to put up with eccentric but fun neighbors as long as I don't get on the wrong side of Granny.



For the 70s, far less seem appealing, Taxi, Barney Miller, All in the Family, Good Times, etc. seem not so great. I suppose the Jeffersons would mean I had a job that could support living in a very expensive NYC apartment.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:23 AM
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Some years ago, Analog had a novella (title and author unfortunately forgotten) where a woman and a man had to time-travel back to 1965 and Save the World by preventing something from happening. Rather than physically going back, though, it was their adult minds that were sent back to temporarily hijack their younger selves (15 for the woman, 14 for the guy). One of the big difficulties in carrying out the mission was how restricted a high-school girl was, especially then. The guy had a little more freedom but more difficulty getting the couple hundred miles to where she was, to say nothing of disappearing for a couple days.

She commented that the good old days aren't all that great not viewed through rose-colored glasses.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:44 AM
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Some years ago, Analog had a novella (title and author unfortunately forgotten) where a woman and a man had to time-travel back to 1965 and Save the World by preventing something from happening. Rather than physically going back, though, it was their adult minds that were sent back to temporarily hijack their younger selves (15 for the woman, 14 for the guy). One of the big difficulties in carrying out the mission was how restricted a high-school girl was, especially then. The guy had a little more freedom but more difficulty getting the couple hundred miles to where she was, to say nothing of disappearing for a couple days.

She commented that the good old days aren't all that great not viewed through rose-colored glasses.
Oh, that sounds like an awesome premise.

Anyone else happen to recall this title? I want to find it.
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Old 05-13-2017, 03:37 PM
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Oh, that sounds like an awesome premise.

Anyone else happen to recall this title? I want to find it.
Me, too -- no luck so far...
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:13 PM
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the question of "would you like to experience the magic of being a child again?" came up elsewhere and one woman pointed it that it would s*ck for her because she would be a little girl in 1960s Ontario when even in the coldest weather they couldn't wear trousers to school, only dresses.
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:57 PM
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I've often thought I'd love to live in Mayberry.
I pretty much did. My first 11 years were spent in a small (official population: 200) farming community 50 miles (as the crow flies) south of Chicago. Post office, volunteer fire department, lumber company, barber, gas station, grocer, diner, limestone quarry turned swimming hole*. No stop lights and no minorities other than one Puerto Rican family.



*Only the post office and fire department are still open. There is a convenience store in the old lumber company building; I doubt it has anything to do with the original grocers.
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:24 PM
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No stop lights and no minorities
... just as primitive as can be.

Being one of the guest stars in Gilligan's Island would be fun. You know, all those people who could come and go freely and treat the island like a resort destination without the hassle of a resort? Just spend a little while in a tropical paradise, maybe have a romantic subplot with Ginger, and leave.

For a longer stint, I'd want to be in one of the more upscale 1980s or 1990s sitcoms, like The Cosby Show. Absolutely none of the Huxtables' neighbors were hurting.
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Old 05-13-2017, 11:21 PM
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It all depends on who you are. You're picturing being married to Sam.

What if you were married to Gladys Kravitz?
Yeah, that's kind of a problem with all of them.

And even if you are the star, it's still not all it's cracked up to be. Sure, genies and astronauts sounds good, but then it turns out that a NASA doctor has nothing better to do than bring his wife to your house to snoop around and the genie gets jealous and possessive and sends you to the Napoleonic Era whenever she feels like it.
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:23 AM
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Nobody has mention Ozzie and Harriet? Where Ozzie got to stay home and raise the kids? Of course I'd be awful as a bandleader, so no good for me. Or I love Lucy I guess.
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:56 AM
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Think I'll cast in my lot with H.R. Pufnstuf. To those up there who said the Monkees and the Addams Family, good call; yes to those too. That about exhausts it for potential living space in the storied Vast Wasteland.
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:27 AM
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A classic era sitcom world? You mean where they don't have any toilets? That'd get uncomfortable after a while.
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:01 AM
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A classic era sitcom world? You mean where they don't have any toilets? That'd get uncomfortable after a while.
that isn't all they don't have - sex, drugs, NPR

it's not worth it
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:30 AM
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For the 70s, far less seem appealing, Taxi, Barney Miller, All in the Family, Good Times, etc. seem not so great. I suppose the Jeffersons would mean I had a job that could support living in a very expensive NYC apartment.
For All in the Family, it would depend a lot on your politics. I personally would get along with Archie much better than Meathead did (on most things) and vice-versa.

And I would love to be married to Gloria. I would treat her better than Meathead did.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:42 AM
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Just spend a little while in a tropical paradise, maybe have a romantic subplot with Ginger, and leave.
You spelled "Mary Ann" wrong.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:45 AM
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You spelled "Mary Ann" wrong.
Well, while Mary Ann was the prettier, nicer and cuter one, she was also chaste and loyal to her beau back home. Ginger was the one that might have romantic subplot with the guest of the week.

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Old 05-16-2017, 07:24 AM
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Well, while Mary Ann was the prettier, nicer and cuter one, she was also chaste and loyal to her beau back home. Ginger was the one that might have romantic subplot with the guest of the week.
Don't do it. She's just using you to get a teeny, weenie, weensy, weenie, nine-foot-long piece of rope.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:58 AM
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Mayberry would be my choice. Very warm and pleasant town.

2nd choice is Leave it to Beaver's town Mayfield.

3rd F Troop, I wouldn't mind the Old West the way they depicted it.
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:16 PM
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Could I live in Dog River (Corner Gas)? I like sarcastic interchanges and they never seem to experience anything like a realistic Saskatchewan winter.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:29 PM
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I'd go for Bewitched if I could be one of the witches. My mom was basically Endora (seriously, I'm pretty sure she used Endora as a role model) so I'd get along great.

Nanny and the Professor might be fun too.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:40 PM
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Nobody has mention Ozzie and Harriet? Where Ozzie got to stay home and raise the kids? Of course I'd be awful as a bandleader, so no good for me. Or I love Lucy I guess.
Ozzie was a bandleader?!? I thought they never even told him what he did for a living!

Ricky Ricardo, on the other hand, was a bandleader, so you might not fit in with Lucy, either.
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