Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Wise Men Make Improverbs; Fools Repeat Them

I don't know what to call it. Is it an iSitCom? A siticom?

You have no clue what I'm talking about, do you?

Improvisational situation comedy. You know, a TV show where performers only get a specific plot outline and few key lines. The actors get to ad-lib most of the dialogue. Think about shows like ''Curb Your Enthusiasm.''

If you haven't noticed, the nets are jumping on the bandwagon. Last week Fox preemed ''Free Ride.'' Tonight ''Sons & Daughters'' debuts on the Alphabet.

That brings us to this week's trivia list. Can you name the partly improvised series that first aired on US TV?
  • ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' (HBO, 2000)
  • ''Contest Searchlight'' (Comedy Central, 2002)
  • ''Life with Bonnie'' (ABC, 2002)
  • ''On the Spot'' (WB, 2003)
  • ''Reno 911!'' (Comedy Central, 2003)
  • ''K Street'' (HBO, 2003)
  • ''Significant Others'' (Bravo, 2004)
  • ''Pilot Season'' (Trio, 2004)
  • ''Unscripted'' (HBO, 2005)
  • ''Fat Actress'' (Showtime, 2005)
  • ''Texas Hardtails'' (Speed, 2005)
  • ''Free Ride'' (Fox, 2006)
  • ''Sons & Daughters'' (ABC, 2006)


susan said...

trying to find out if I can get my hands on tapes of a small show on FOX (?) years ago called "Key West" . Meg Tilly was one of the cast members

dr. tv (mike vicic) said...

Hi Susan,

I don't know where you can get Jennifer Tilly's 13-ep series, "Key West." I looked in the usual places (as you probably did) and didn't even find a tape trader.