I’m on record as pretty much hating the pregnancy story line so I am hard pressed to come up with bests. The Big Bang Theory (which prompted this thread) is so far not annoying so I’ll put it on the list. I think I’d have to say Modern Family has done the best; both with Gloria’s pregnancy and Cam and Mitch’s foray into adoption. There was a little bit of drama but it had a genuine feel to it and it never overshadowed the humor.
Back in the day I Love Lucy also handled it well, though that could be in part because of the social mores and strict industry guide lines at the time. They simply weren’t allowed to delve too far into anything but the most surface stuff so it stayed light and fun.
The worst? That’s easy; How I Met Your Mother. For me it went from being “must see tv” to “not really interested anymore”. Next would be Mad About You. Friends, another one of my very favorites really hit the downhill slide with Rachel’s pregnancy. Phoebe’s wasn’t great either, but at least it had a quirky element that could be played for humor (I’m going to have my brother’s baby!). Another bad one was Will & Grace, which, to me seemed to have had a lot to do with Debra Messing being pregnant in real life. Forgive me, but she was not an attractive pregnant woman. Okay, you can’t do much about your appearance when you’re growing a person inside you but the character became so shrill and bitchy and I felt like that was the actress’s real (if temporary) personality coming through. Just made the show unpleasant.
Which one’s did you like or hate? Does anyone here like this particular story arc in general?