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Published March 14th 2014
TV shows aren't meant to represent reality anyway
We are so used to hearing about the TV shows that keep the critics happy and gleaming with pride.
But has anyone ever stopped to appreciate some of the TV shows where things don't necessarily fit (like pieces in a puzzle) and yet make you laugh till you cry?
Here are 5 TV shows that I found to be completely irrational, absolutely ridiculous, but ever so enjoyable.
If you haven't heard of any/all of these before today, it's time to change that and bring back some happiness in your life:
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - Poster
Think of silly props, uncanny shots with the camera/microphone, uncoordinated dialogue, well-aged fashion, alternate universe dynamics, a talking cat, endless sexism and you'll know that you're watching the grand Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.
A British dark comedy show, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is one that instantly makes me appreciate life and its crazy ways of living.
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was released in 2004, but reflects on the mid 80's trend of fashion and encompasses a range of genres into its context. It's got a bit of everything that attracts from a wide spectrum of its audience - horror, comedy, sci-fi, drama, action, adventure. You name it, it's got it. It's got it quite accurately and entertainingly!
If you have a thing for British accents (aka you love them and are easily swooned by it), then you need to check out this show and adore at their poorly-produced, crappily edited, truly genius entertainment, look no further!
Danger 5 - Poster
Yeah, Australia REPRESENT!
There is something so seriously wrong with almost everything in this show, that it works to entice us and entertain us to the fullest!
Danger 5 is an Australian action comedy television series that is set in a bizarre 1960s interpretation of World War II.
It incorporates a very dynamically versatile group of spies from all over the world, each of whom are determined to put Adolf Hitler's deadly regime to a bloody end.
Similar to Garth Marenghi by a marginal shot (with blatant sexism and not-so-subtle sexual references), Danger 5 has everything to make it so ridiculously surprising and pleasing - with its horrible special effects, unnecessary drama pressure points, silly costumes and props and background motions.
With season 2 set to be released sometime this year (2014), I think it's the perfect chance for you to get into the madness that is Danger 5 and transform yourself to a loyal fan!
This list would clearly be incomplete without a real-time TV show, because most of them seem to be ridiculous, right?
Well, this one is actually worth watching!
Impractical Jokers is an American hidden camera-practical joke reality television series that consists of four very cheeky guys who nek-nominate (per se) each other into doing borderline- mad pranks in public places (or in any social situation that involves interacting with strangers) while being filmed by hidden cameras.
What makes this prank show stand out from the others is that the pranks are not only performed in real time, but there is no script provided prior to filming to the crew members. It's like both - the prankster and the one(s) getting pranked - are in for a surprise once the camera starts rolling.
Even though you know it's wrong to laugh at their actions/dialogue, you won't be able to help yourself from resisting the genuine hilarity that this show ensues.
Perfect for those who are alone, single, going through a breakup, or need a hilarious show to watch with friends, significant others and/or family with a couple of beers in hand!
Robot Chicken - Poster
Seth Green has created and produced what has now become my go-to TV shows when either myself or someone I care for is sad and needs something to lift those gloomy spirits up.
Robot Chicken is an American stop-motion claymation comedy television series. Their episodes focuses on a wide variety of sketches, and each sketch represented in the episode bursts with pop-culture references that will make you fall out of your chair with hysterical laughter. It also highlights some of the political aspects of the world that really make you think twice about how our world is functioning today (with a tinge of light comedy added to the context).
If you think it looks ridiculous because of it being 'claymation' or 'animated' or 'childish' - think again. The content of these sketches are definitely not for children and may even involve the crossing of certain boundaries (in a humorous light, of course!).
The show became so popular that is decided to produce a 30-minute sketch with a Star Wars theme attached to it. It also featured the voices of the Star Wars actors themselves; such as George Lucas
Almost always, Robot Chicken has been threatened to be cancelled at the end of every season, but it kept coming back - with a bangin' new season filled with memorable, funny moments that still stirs the minds of many loyal and new fans alike. Definitely worth checking out, if you're into that sort of comedy.
Coupling (title card)
Imagine the UK version of FRIENDS - only with less drama, more stupidity and a lot of foolish originality.
That's basically what this light-comedy TV show is. Coupling is quite easily one of the funniest yet highly adulterated TV shows to come out of the UK. It follows the lives of 6 people who are in a friendship circle that encompasses a variety of dynamics amongst them.
You can see close ties amongst each of the 6 characters in Coupling - uncontrollable laughter through the joys shared by each character, unsettling yet undeniable pasts of relationships, friends with benefits at its finest - messiest even - and other forms of humorous elements that make you relate to each of the characters in some or the other way possible.
Even though it has received generally positive reviews for its time, Coupling seems to have lost its charm with the current population, which is quite depressing because this is truly the ideal show to go to on a rainy day, when one is feeling down by life or other factors, or simply to have a normal night with cheese and wine.