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November 2009

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The Comedy Matrix

11/17/09: The Comedy Matrix


Article by
Marie "Could I be a bigger dork?" Sarkisian

So the HippoJuice crew have been in a bit of a debate the past few weeks as to which is the best comedy show currently out there. The three contenders are The Office, Community, or Modern Family.

I figured the only way to settle this fairly and officially is to do a comparison analysis chart of the three. Take a look and you decide for yourself.

Category The Office Community Modern Family
Release Date Marc 24, 2005 Sept. 17, 2009 Sept. 23, 2009
Original Concept No, based off UK version Yes Yes, except it's just another quirky family show.
Season 6 1 1
Style Mocumentary Comedy Fiction Mocumentary
Creators Greg Daniels
Ricky Gervais
Dan Harmon Steven Levitan
Christopher Lloyd
Location Scranton, PA Denver, CO Los Angeles, CA
Famous Actor Steve Carell Chevy Chase Ed O'Neill
Hot Girl Jenna Fischer Gillian Jacobs SofĂ­a Vergara
Funny comedians or sidekicks Rainn Wilson
John Krasinski
Ed Helms
Joel McHale
Ken Jeong
Donald Glover
Ty Burrell
Jesse Ferguson
Eric Stonestreet
Awards Won Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 70 nominations None None


Obviously The Office is the big dog in this pond, but after 6 seasons I think the quality is waning. I'm not really interested in the plot now that Jim and Pam are married and Jim got his promotion.

Community has a great comedic cast, but I feel like sometimes the jokes are dead on and other times I don't find myself laughing. It's a great start though, and I hope NBC gives it time to come into it's own.

I have to say the winner has to go to Modern Family. It has Lloyd as a creator (he was Doc Brown...), it definitely has the hottest female, and the two gay guys ALWAYS make me laugh. It has the same filming style as The Office, but since it's still in it's first season, it's still fresh and full of promise. Also, even though dysfunctional families have been done over and over again, this is an original concept of putting all sorts of people into one family. Also, the show has Ed O'Neill, who was the king of the dysfunctional family as Al Bundy in Married With Children.

As the winner, let me play for you my favorite clip from the show, and what made me fall in love with it.


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