I have rarely written a long customer review. Not only am I trying to practice writing more often, but I like to save people from their own decisions on a regular basis. This is one of the best shows I have ever seen. I'm an expert. More so than those people who write the "best TV ever" lists. I am just old enough to have been around TV for long enough to see many, many 1/2 hour comedies.
Besides being funny there are TWO things that make great short comedies.
1) The correct characters say the correct jokes. Writers will think up jokes and then hand them out to whomever. Friends did this.....not always, but enough to NOT put them on a list. I Love Lucy did this too often too. those two show are great in their time, but NOT the greatest.
2) The shows have to be lasting...not just timely. In other words..Once you know the characters, the show is still funny regardless of the decade, fashion, or time. Barney Miller is expert at this. Easily top two shows. (Some of my highest...in no particular order are: Barney Miller, Mash, TAXI, Cheers, All In The Family, Two and a Half Men (minus four seasons ..now I am cheating).
Back to saving people:
---Do NOT watch the final episode in Season 9.
I would LOVE to unwatch a LOT of season 9, but some of it is relevant and fun. Some of what happens in the final season does not fit the characters, and the protagonist (the least favorite character) goes into full whine (beyond how he is the rest of the series)
---But the final episode really brings the characters down... not just because people do not LIKE how it ended, but because the characters show so much change and intelligence throughout the series, that the last episode goes against the strengths, personalities, and growth that the characters have and have made until this point. DO NOT watch the final episode. You cannot unsee it.
hmmmm... maybe "unsee" does have its place in the world? Maybe it was invented just for this shows last episode.
This is the best I can do to convince you not to watch the final episode without spoilers. I am soo tempted to spoil the last episode so you DO NOT watch it, but then, like me, it will be ingrained in your psyche, and, like me, the show will be ruined.
Maybe I can go to a hypnotist and have the last episode erased from my pea brain.
What happened here is a money sqeeeeze... to get out a final season. They forced too much in..to fast.