After learning about Norm Macdonald death, I watched a few episodes of The Norm Show. While it had a great cast and some funny moments, its humor was totally in the Married with Children mode: sitcoms cliches “updated” with sniggering sex lines, crude insults, and mean pranks.
Norm’s bizarre plot is that he was banned for life from hockey (he really is a big guy and from Canada) for gambling and tax evasion and sentenced to five years as a social worker as community service. One mistake and he goes back to jail. Norm is a near-Fielding level sexual harasser and all around cheater, liar, thief, and bully. All the women fall in love with him, of course, and mistakes happen about every three minutes but his co-workers jeopardize their jobs to cover up for him.
Nikki Cox plays one of his love interests, a reformed prostitute. She had been on Unhappily Ever After, the thematic spinoff from MwC, as an underage sex bomb, recorded live in front of an audience of whistling Marines when she was 17.
They’re part of a whole genre of such shows appearing in the late 80s and 90s that riled every conservative outlet then and would cancel everyone involved today from the left. The pendulum swings.