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Shows that do a good job of making fun of liberals.


I love a good laugh, even if it's at my own expense.


My submissions would be:

American Dad (Stan being tortured by being forced to listen to NPR was fucking hilarious)

Last Man Standing (Lots of good one liners from Tim)

Family Guy.
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Im not sure if its a show but George Carlins HBO specials are good at making fun on Libs and Cons.
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I love the episode of Frasier where his favorite political candidate confides that he was abducted by extraterrestials, and is then exposed as employing illegal aliens.
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Im not sure if its a show but George Carlins HBO specials are good at making fun on Libs and Cons.
That's what I love about George Carlin. He saw through ALL of the bullshit people are stupid enough to believe in nowadays and wasn't afraid to voice it.
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George Carlin skewered anyone who was hypocritical or stupid regardless of ideology.

I think Aaron Sorkin does a great job of portraying what is essentially the worst in progressive ideology especially when he is actually trying to promote it. The guy can write dialog but he can’t plot for shit and his characters have less depth than a cardboard cut out of Donald Trump promoting Trump “University”. So, ironically, I’m going to check The West Wing and The Newsroom.

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Phil Ochs' Love Me, I'm a Liberal skewered liberals, but from the perspective of the radical left.
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30 Rock often poked fun at Liz Lemon's liberal sensitivities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZVjsZ6OmI

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Portlandia, perhaps?
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King of the Hill. And sometimes The Simpsons.
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Portlandia, perhaps?
Portlandia satirizes pretentious hipsterism and overly nostalgic retro-culture rather than liberalism per se, although its targets are of generally liberal persuasion by cohort.

Despite the obvious leanings of the cast, Saturday Night Live actually does a pretty good job of mocking liberals along with everyone else. It’s first episode after the 2016 election had Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock mocking a roomful of white liberal voters for being in denial that Hillary Clinton could lose and the subsequent handwringing after the result was announced. (“This is the worst thing this country has ever done!” *Chappelle and Rock trade a look and start laughing uncontrollably*)

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American Dad.
Thing is, many times Stan learns a lesson and it’s usually the liberal lesson. And the show routinely makes his right wing, Red, White, and Blue beliefs out to be buffoonery.

So I wouldn’t count this show as making fun if liberals.
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Would Dharma and Greg count?
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I've only seen a couple of episodes of "Last Man Standing" but I would argue the OP's point that it does a "good job" of making fun of liberals. From what I remember, most of the jokes were just poorly written cheap shots.
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South Park. The "Man bear pig" episode is a good example.
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In Community (our current binge) they pretty consistently mock Britta's liberal positions.
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South Park. The "Man bear pig" episode is a good example.
Two recently added characters are named PC Principal and Strong Woman.
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Parks and Rec hits Leslie Knope's liberal sensibilities pretty hard, perhaps even harder than the more obvious knocks on Ron Swanson's libertarian views.
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Would Dharma and Greg count?
Yes, I was going to post that one myself.

Also, the Beverly Hillbillies has an episode with some silly little sociology major trying to liberate Granny from oppression.
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I think there is a distinction to be made between comedy that points out hypocrisy (George Carlin, South Park, American Dad) or gently skewers the foibles of those who may be a bit over-earnest (Portlandia, Dharma & Greg), and cheap-shot attacks on liberalism itself. From what little I’ve seen of Last Man Standing, it’s the TV equivalent of a meme with the word “Libtard” in it.
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I've only seen a couple of episodes of "Last Man Standing" but I would argue the OP's point that it does a "good job" of making fun of liberals. From what I remember, most of the jokes were just poorly written cheap shots.
Yeah, I thought it was cringe-worthy.

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South Park. The "Man bear pig" episode is a good example.
I believe Man Bear Pig came back and Al Gore was proven right. I mean, like in the last couple of seasons they went back to this storyline.

Or did I imagine it?
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Yeah, I thought it was cringe-worthy.



I believe Man Bear Pig came back and Al Gore was proven right. I mean, like in the last couple of seasons they went back to this storyline.

Or did I imagine it?
Yes. And the next episode.

A certain era of Family Guy was rather cringy parody, where the conservative jokes were mean spirited even if you agreed with the criticism, and the liberal protagonists (mainly Brian) were insufferable douches. American Dad in the same era had the same creator (though not identical crews) and was much funnier when politics came up. They since realized that and Brian's smugness has been a topic multiple times.
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In Community (our current binge) they pretty consistently mock Britta's liberal positions.
It seemed more like they weren't making fun of her politics as much as they were making fun of the fact that she never followed through on anything (politically). In the first or second episode (the one with the silent protest), the writers made it pretty clear she's all talk.
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Showing my age but All in the Family, while being predicated on making fun of conservative Archie, made as much fun of Meathead who was as much of a jerk as Archie was, just a different kind.
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Showing my age but All in the Family, while being predicated on making fun of conservative Archie, made as much fun of Meathead who was as much of a jerk as Archie was, just a different kind.
Yeah, Mike was real quick to bite the hand that fed him.
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I note that the Simpsons has a lot of sly jabs directed at liberals. Conservatives are either over-the-top comic villains (Monty Burns) or decent if flawed good eggs (Ned Flanders, whoever the preacher is).
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I note that the Simpsons has a lot of sly jabs directed at liberals. Conservatives are either over-the-top comic villains (Monty Burns) or decent if flawed good eggs (Ned Flanders, whoever the preacher is).
I mean, pretty much every character is a flawed good egg. Other exceptions might be the conservative Mrs. Lovejoy, who has few redeeming qualities. Other portrayed conservatives are Dr. Hibbert and Krusty. And Rainier Wolfcastle, but that came later, say around 2003.
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Greg Gutfeld's show is fairly funny if you're willing to watch fox news.

Portlandia and King of hte Hill as have been mentioned also lampoon them quite a bit. Usually for different reasons. Portlandia more lampoons hipsterism while King of the Hill tends to lampoon government regulations now and again.
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I mean, pretty much every character is a flawed good egg. Other exceptions might be the conservative Mrs. Lovejoy, who has few redeeming qualities. Other portrayed conservatives are Dr. Hibbert and Krusty. And Rainier Wolfcastle, but that came later, say around 2003.
The most obvious parody of a liberal (or rather, of a Democratic politician) of course is Mayor Quimby. Corrupt, having a trophy wife, always horny, hypocritical and so on and on.
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The most obvious parody of a liberal (or rather, of a Democratic politician) of course is Mayor Quimby. Corrupt, having a trophy wife, always horny, hypocritical and so on and on.
Specifically, I think he is a parody of The Kennedys down to his accent.
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Specifically, I think he is a parody of The Kennedys down to his accent.
I didn't know this before reading the wiki page about Mayor Quimby today that it was foremost a dig on Ted Kennedy. I only mostly saw the Simpsons in the German dub, where such subtleties of course don't translate. I had thought he was modeled after Jack Kennedy.
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I didn't know this before reading the wiki page about Mayor Quimby today. I only mostly saw the Simpsons in the German dub, where such subtleties of course don't translate. I had thought he was modeled after Jack Kennedy.
I think he is a mashup of JFK and Teddy Kennedy. But nothing at all like RFK. The Simpsons did an excellent job of parodying the USA.
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Parks and Rec hits Leslie Knope's liberal sensibilities pretty hard, perhaps even harder than the more obvious knocks on Ron Swanson's libertarian views.
I think I once read somewhere that when liberals watch Parks and Recreation they see Leslie as the hero of the show and Ron Swanson's as character as making fun of Libertarians. Whereas when conservatives watch it they view Ron Swanson as the hero and Leslie Knope as making fun of liberals. Of course at various times both characters' political views were taken to extremes for laughs.
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What I always thought about Parks and Recreation is that the show respected Leslie's liberal views and Ron's libertarian views, and, more importantly, the characters respected and liked each other. It was almost as if the show was asking us, the audience, to find some common ground with those with whom we disagree.

This article from the Chicago Tribune has a quote from Michael Schur at a PaleyFest panel about the show, "'In very broad strokes, Republicans and Democrats in this country simply don't talk to each other and they don't try to fix problems,' said Schur. 'The sort of cynicism of government, I think in my opinion, is worse than it's ever been. And we just wanted to say one guy could have a set of extremely fervent beliefs that run completely counter to the beliefs of his coworker and they can still just get along and respect each other and admire each other and find things in common and they can sit down and have a glass of whiskey together at the end of a long night.'"
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Also, the Beverly Hillbillies has an episode with some silly little sociology major trying to liberate Granny from oppression.
Wow! That is digging into the wayback machine for one episode out of 274.
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30 Rock often poked fun at Liz Lemon's liberal sensitivities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZVjsZ6OmI
I just saw one last night where she wanted to know why women are under-represented in serial killer totals. "Is this sexism of some sort?"

Made me laugh.
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Wow! That is digging into the wayback machine for one episode out of 274.
If it is the character I think it is (played by Zelda from Dobie Gillis) she was in a whole arc of episodes.
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I don't think you can describe Sheila James (Kuehl) as being in a whole arc of episodes. She was in S02E34 and S0235 as one character. She was in S05E19, supposedly as the same character, but there doesn't seem to be any connection in plot.
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