How I feel about Sitcoms about Misunderstandings
I stumbled across this Slate piece about the decline of Modern Family and was immediately hooked by this first paragraph that stated what I’ve said forever:
Last year on the Hang Up and Listen podcast, Parks and Recreation showrunner Michael Schur said that a “misunderstanding is the weakest form of storytelling.” “It’s the reason that every episode of Three’s Company is so cheesy,” he added, “because you go, ‘Wait, if you just talk to each other like humans for two seconds, you’ll clear this whole misunderstanding up, and the whole premise will go away.'”
EXACTLY! Sitcoms based on misunderstandings are so done for me. It’s more frustrating than funny to watch people not communicate.