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Old 01-02-2019, 02:15 PM
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Shows with emphasis on banter

We just finished the initial season of the Kominsky Method on Netflix. I found myself enjoying the witty banter (usually in the form of putdowns) that ensued between Alan Arkin's character and Michael Douglas' and frequently other characters. It caused me to reflect on other shows where a banter style dialogue figured prominently. One that comes immediately to mind was West Wing. I particularly liked how the camera would sometimes seamlessly transition between banter between two characters walking down the hall and segue immediately into banter occurring between two other characters as they pass by. Aaron Sorkin's screenplays seemed to have done this best.

But what other shows have famously featured great banter?
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:17 PM
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Gilmore Girls
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:21 PM
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Pushing Daisies
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:33 PM
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I you're open to the idea of following an audio podcast, I suggest you check out Black Jack Justice. It's a modern take on the classic film noir private detective featuring our square-jawed hero and his long suffering partner, Trixie Dixon - Girl Detective. Some of the shows are written as relatively straight drama (The Albatross), most have at least some element of parody and a few are downright silly (Man's Best Friend).

I enjoy the show. Do with that what you will.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:40 PM
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Seinfeld is basically a show about banter.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:47 PM
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Hijack warning (and apology):

What's the difference between this newfangled banter thing and old fashioned cracking wise?

I mean, would banter encompass: You know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBk79X3rMyc

If that counts, there's an awful lot of Noir that qualifies.

As I said, apologies for this diversion.

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Old 01-02-2019, 03:52 PM
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Peep Show

Kath & Kim [Australian original show only, not the shite US remake]

Also Seinfeld - the best bits for me were always little carefully-sculpted bits of dialogue between characters.
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Red Dwarf and Blackadder would probably suit you.

Many of the US sitcoms would also seem to fit. Especially the ethnically themed ones. Heck, even the old 70s era Fat Albert cartoon series.



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Dr. Bashir and Garak on DS9. (Also Kira and Dax to a lesser degree)
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M*A*S*H

I would define banter as lots of witty back-and-forth, not just an occasional bon mot.
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Arrested Development...and the further into the series you get, the further back the banter references go. By the 3rd season, pretty much the entire show is one inside joke after another.

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Frasier

Niles and Roz were both masters (master and mistress?) of the art. The rest of the regular cast weren't bad either.
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Arrested Development...and the further into the series you get, the further back the banter references go. By the 3rd season, pretty much the entire show is one inside joke after another.
Seriously. Just watched the third season ep with references to live shows, and 3-d and "The important thing is we kept our dignity"
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Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlighting_(TV_series)
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Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlighting_(TV_series)
Two excellent nominees!
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VEEP over on H.B.O. was a good example.
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The Big bang Theory. Over half of every show is talk, talk, talk. Real life nerds.

The banter between Finch and Munch in Law & Order SVU is priceless.

And House. Lots of House.
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Happy Endings and Cougar Town. Both ensemble shows with great casts, not as good as Seinfeld but they evoke a Seinfeld group dynamic feeling from me.
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I second M*A*S*H, especially any scene where Klinger and Potter exchange such witticisms as "Fear not, O Great One!" and "Horseapples!"

For those who remember the short-lived series Barbary Coast, the banter between William Shatner and his co-star Doug McClure (Dennis Cole in the pilot) reached epic proportions. They were obviously directed to be as cute as bugs.
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Taxi episodes that focused on Tony.
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I second M*A*S*H, especially any scene where Klinger and Potter exchange such witticisms as "Fear not, O Great One!" and "Horseapples!"

For those who remember the short-lived series Barbary Coast, the banter between William Shatner and his co-star Doug McClure (Dennis Cole in the pilot) reached epic proportions. They were obviously directed to be as cute as bugs.
Folks if I ever die, just mix Terentii's and Burpos DNA please.

Of course I remember Barbary Coast! I once fooled my sister that Star Trek had been renewed and this was a time travel ep
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M*A*S*H

I would define banter as lots of witty back-and-forth, not just an occasional bon mot.
Yeah, Mash and its movie nailed banter.

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Arrested Development...and the further into the series you get, the further back the banter references go. By the 3rd season, pretty much the entire show is one inside joke after another.
And yet, they still make new inside jokes even in the third season and after.

My wife and I still call Googling "something search" and that joke came out in season 4, one of the Netflix ones.
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