It’s with a heavy hearts that I must report that both The Simpsons and Family Guy have officially lost their funny, in my opinion. For while I turned to both The Simpson and Family Guy to leave with me laughter on Sunday evenings before I start getting ready for bed, due to me having to be at work at an ungodly hour.
The problem started with The Simpsons two years ago when the shows begin to go from laugh out loud, to chuckle, to acknowledging in my head that a scene was funny but never vocalizing it. I would watch an episode, straight faced, and when the episode was over I’d watch something else or move onto another show. The question to my coworkers of if they caught last nights episode stopped and no one seemed to care. It got to be that if you even dare bring it up you were looked at oddly, as if you had just made fun of a recent tragedy.
Recently, I feel that Family Guy has found it’s way into the same rut The Simpsons fell into two years ago. All of the racy and limit pushing jokes seem to be telegraphed and at times they’re even self aware. I feel like they know that no one is laughing at these jokes, so the writers have to let you know that it’s ok not to laugh in so many words.
If you’re wondering why I’m not bringing up Bob’s Burgers, which is also a Fox Sunday night show, it’s because that show started with dry comedy and it’s hasn’t changed. Whatever formula the show started with, no has seemed to want to change.
I’m not saying that any of these shows aren’t entertaining or enjoyable, but the genre they’re in doesn’t fit in my eyes. Both The Simpsons and Family Guy are on my Hulu queue and at times it feels like a chore to watch these shows. I pay for Hulu and I’ve added these shows to my queue, so I feel like I have to watch them or else I’ll have to search for new shows to add. It’s the lesser of two evils in a way because I can watch a show I can tolerate but not laugh at, or try a new show and not be entertained or laugh out loud. I’m not saying that it’s my age, but I find that when it comes to Sunday’s on Fox Brooklyn Nine Nine is now my most anticipated show.