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the palestinian/arab expected to find and be granted for their own nation. the jewish population expected the same thing. the seeds for jerusalem's next great conflict had been planted. here we go, pivot, pivot. pivot. >> shut up, shut up, shut up. >> i feel like we get to know these sitcom characters. they're your friends. >> i don't think it is going to pivot anymore. >> you think? >> they were purely selfish and immature. >> are you still master of your domain? >> you hope that you will have those kinds of relationships in
your life. tonight is about celebrating our enduring bond as friends. >> good to see you, too, girl. >> where are you going? carnival? something is bothering you. >> i have never been happier. having a safe harbor where everybody knows your name. ♪ >> i am out. >> what? >> i am out of the contest. >> ugly naked guy is having thanksgiving dinner with ugly naked gal. >> "friends" or "seinfield"?
>> "seinfield" will win. >> i love "seinfield." >> "seinfield." you come to expect their ridiculously. >> "seinfield." >> "seinfield" is my favorite all time show. >> you want to play rough? i love "freiends." >> one of my favorite shows of all times. so watchable. >> "friends." >> "friends." i really appreciated "friends." one of the top all time sitcoms. "seinfield." >> are we finished? >> done. >> at the core of every sitcom, you have a family whether it is a blood family or in the case of "friends" or "seinfield. "
>>. >> we seem to be going downhill. >> did you compare everybody to your ex-wife? >> sure, i do. >> can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? >> the odd couple opening which told all the back story and set it all up in this beautiful way. >> the odd couple was neil simon came on broadway.
>> would you do me a favor? >> let me clean up in here. >> tony randall character because tony randall was a little bit finicky. >> manin my room, you can eat o the floor. >> in the first episode of "two and a half men," i remember are we making allen a neat freak? because if that's what we are doing, we are just doing odd couple. >> there was this fantastic episode where they go on pass w word. the password is bird. >> the other team gets it. >> no more greek clues.
>> passport is ridiculous. >> roik idiculous, you got it. >> as much as they got on each other's nerves, they got each other as back. >> as divorce became so common pro place, that show and diverted in the 70s really reflected what was happening in reality in america. >> i came home from school and locked the door behind me and you can watch an hour of tv. >> i talked to my folks. i told them i dropped out of school and my father said to my mother, see, maji, i told you we should not have had him.
>> that slow, sexy welcome back. >> the dreams were your tickets out. ♪ >> boy, what an honor in my class. all four marx brothers. >> they were brothers and friends. >> washington is this basketball player cool guy. >> hi there. >> and seen as a tough guy. >> come on, i am watching a fight, i ain't in it. it makes me nervous.
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>> when you hear that mew umusie whole show would flash in your mind. gary marshal was becoming a legend in his own day. he's done the "odd kcouple." "happy days" were built around the family. >> does richard look nice tonight? >> he's got stinky stuff on his hair. >> is that what that smell is? i thought the milk was sour. not a lot of people were watching abc. in the early '70s, abc made a big mistake for not picking on families. abc reinvented itself. they brought over fred si
silverman. >> the fonds took it up a level. >> have not seen you guys here. >> they were looking for someone tall and tough. and they got short and soft. >> i changed my voice and i changed the tilt of my body. i spoke volume. ♪ marian always calls the fons because she wanted to treat him with such respect. f hey, good luck out there. >> and she had a crush on him a little bit. >> when the fons took over, the
dynamic changed. >> that show ends up going from 22nd place to the number one show. there would be traffic and people getting home to watch "happy days." it was targeting 18 or 29 years old. >> garry marshal says we got this part on "happy days." they were incredibly individually funny. >> anybody's calling me a nasty
name? everyone identified with lavern and shirley because we are best friends. laverne and shirley is about two class struggling to make ends meet. >> working at a brewery. >> it is nice to see two women at the center of sitcom. >> they threw the lens in the 50s, able to say what women were trying to strive in the '70s. women want to go out and work and not get married right after high school. >> well, have fun. >> we'll meet guys.
>> say you go to this party and you meet this wonderful guy, do you think he's going to married you? >> laverne just wanted to have a good time. >> what they figured out to do with making a bed and -- it is way beyond my pay grade. >> laverne and shirley was number one for -- i don't know how many seasons. it went off the chart ridiculous and it felt for us.
>> abc decided that they want to create a story about black teenagers. >> what's happening skewed younger. there was these kids hanging out at the diner, like teenagers in the 1950s. the white kids going to the mug shop. >> hey, what's up? >> what's happening? open the entire world to black teenagers who are black friends. >> betty's folks is out of town so you know it is going to be the party of the year. >> it was based around friendship. >> and you had duane with the big fro. >> hey, hey, what's happening? >> you are always broke and you can't hold down a steady job.
>> his mother was like my mom. >> she beats him. >> oh point. >> all of it. >> i would not say butt if i we you. it may give me an idea. >> the average black family could identify with it. >> the other thing that was happening is friendship and kids thrive on that. without friendship, there would be nothing. when you go to the autograph signing, it is all white. you make them laugh and people don't care about the color. # anuts have given humanity! fuel for vast migrations! sustenance for mountaineering expeditions and long journeys across the world! but most importantly? they give us something to eat when we drink beer. planters. a nut above.
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. what made you get rid of that joint? >> watching you last night. from now on i am going to stick on being high on me. >> this show i wanted to pay amage -- it is about fourteen girls trying to find their way. divorced, virginity. >> snake and i slept together. >> class wars on the regular. >> well, you are not prejudice, you are just a snob. >> bring me down to your level. >> a show like "facts of life" is the beginning of a very
special episode. >> i would never think my best friend is white. i just know my best friend is natalie. >> when you look at tuty and natalie, you are looking ats friendship and love point that supercede race. >> i am looking for blair warner. >> you must be her cousin. >> yes. >> the only time i saw a child of disability was on a telethon. >> i don't have cerebral palsy.
i am drunk. >> when "facts of life" aired, i was so used of bullying. >> are you cousin jay from "facts of life." it was a real incredible feeling to be liked by kids. >> you mean you are not going to make fun of me and calling me names? wow. >> "facts of life" was a younger demographic. >> eventually those kids would grow up. what story do you tell them? >> the 1980s were a radical transformation, how do you liver up to the ideas that you set for yourself when you were younger when dealing with the reality of having to raise children and pay a mortgage.
>> i don't know why i can tell you why "cheers" were so popular in the '80s but you cert certainly know their song. >> we were a desperate network. i thought my future at nbc was on the line and it was a remarkably simple pitch. we want our characters to come in to a bar, share their life stories. >> me? >> i like the challenges. >> hard to find mailbox. you think accounting is boring, right? >> i miss one digit, the whole company goes into the toilet. >> "cheers" was the lowest rated show in primetime on any network. >> what a pathetic display. >> i don't think god is doing a
lot of bragging about it either. >> we loved it. we believed and we just got to hang in with this. >> someone says let's not cancel "cheers." >> not have much are watching it but keep it on a while. >> on behalf of the intelligent women around the world, may i just say whew. >> critics were watching and they really liked what they saw. >> a family ocf a bunch of lovable losers who's trying to find their way. >> the thing they think they're masking, they're not doing a good job about it. so it is funny. nick started this bar. his regulars. and norm who -- it is stupid to
try to describe these iconic characters. >> the relationship between sam and diane was magical. >> sorry i was late, is there anything i can do to make it up to you? >> yeah, you would not. >> will they or won't they? >> you disgust me. >> are you as turned on as i am? >> more. >> "cheers" was explicitly saying these two people with going to sleep together and it is going to be a disaster. >> oh, i never felt better in any entire life. >>. >> nicole came, this is top secret, diane is going to break up with sam. you may be her boyfriend. >> over educated and highly emotional and dreamer. i thought i can play this guy. >> philly moved on after the
sixth season and came christie alec. she was like this biker chip. >> and came woody harris. "cheers" is where you fit in and belong. >> this is your secretary family. >> we lost in thnick after the year. we didn't realize how sick he was. we saw one of them after he passed away. the line was, it says if he's still with us now. we used to touch that every night when we perform. we come down and touch that and give it a little patch. >> yep, i am off.
i like moon-lit night and romantic italian dinners and waking up in the morning. >> the mid-80s, the demographics changed. a lot of it had to do with baby boomers. >> you got an area where life was throwing possibles that nobody was bothering to explore. >> brant wanted to do a show of older women living together. >> i said i think susan harris is the greatest writer of all time and i worship the innovative quality so i pitched her the idea. her question was, network just watch shows about young people. are you going to put this on the air? >> thank you for being a friend, travel the road and back again ♪ >> as a kid, that's right.
you are sitting there on saturday night with my parents watching "golden girls." this was a timeless foursome. sofia is the matriach. >> i just discovered a great new way to meet more men. >> dorothy. >> anyone who says no calories, no charge and let's just lie down on bed and watch television. of course, rose's character is a clown. >> i was the one that thought of big squeaky toys. >> "the golden girls" talked
about edgy stuff. rose's husband died by having sex with her. >> although i thought it was strange when he started yelling rose, rose, i am going, i am going. >> young adult audiences went crazy for it. viewers and network sensors would allow older women to say things that others could not get away with. >> complete this saying. better wait than -- >> blanch? >> pregnant! >> one of the biggest laughs, the girls going on a crew and they realized they should pick up some condoms. >> animal bag? >> to the right. >> condoms, rose. c condoms. >> the laughs were massive because it was such norm br breaking behavior. >> streaming open up a whole new avenue to find continued viewership with people who were
not alive when the show ended in 1992. this show was built to last. >> how about some whipped cream? >> i think we still have a can. i will get it, it is in my bedroom. >> never mind, glenn. >> we live in a peaceful and prosperous time. >> leading up to the '80s. there has been a number of shows about people hanging out each other. "seinfield" bust this right open. no one forced them to hang out with each other all the time. >> you know what your problem is? >> your standard is too high. >> i went out you with. >> that's because my standards are too slow. >> we see the origin sitcom played out on the show. >> you are saying i go into nbc and tell them i got this idea for a show about nothing. >> we are going to nbc. >> since when are you a writer? >> we are talking about a sitcom. >> jerry had an observational
humor. >> you know what this is all about? to be out. >> as gentleman named rick ludwin. he was in charge of larry sein seinfield. >> do you have an idea of tv show yourself, we would love to talk about it. >> he said we are just going to write about our friends. >> what kind of stores? >> no stories. >> why am i watching it? >> because it was on tv. >> it was non traditional. we decided to make a pilot. >> the second button literally make make her makes or breaks the show. >> ludwin really believes in it. you can do four episodes more of seinfield? >> the biggest change was elaine was added to the show.
>> get out! >> and you know what, that feels like we have something. >> what do you think our time slot? >> name me one famous nbc show? >> "cheers." >> it is a biggest and dangerous slot. if my mother caught me. >> caught you, doing what? >> you know? >> the episode that's super important in the trajectory of "seinfield" was the contest. >> seeing who go the longest without masturbating. >> are u.s still master of your domain? >> i am king of the county. what should also be noted that elaine was in the contest. >> and that i think was a bold
statement at that tiemt. >> hang on. j let's go into the bedroom. >> that was a episode. that's where the ultimate success of the show is born. >> it is over, you are out? >> the queen is dead. >> in the '90s. the world is literally changing over night. and here is this four people grounded at their addison? >> you mean tlshrink it. >> they're not trying to be good people. >> everybody recognizes some part of themselves in dem and i think i love these guys. >> georgia is getting upset. >> seinfield, that was the game changer. >> "seinfield" has as hone.
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a bunch of fat, happy women and no crime. >> in the '90s, it was celebrated that you wanted to bill your career first. in the '90s kind of world, i am gl glad i got my girls. keep your head up, what? >> we didn't have any young black women who really being featured on television at that time. >> why does it keep on happening to me? >> because you keep on looking
for someone caring for you. >> what's wrong with that? >> they keep on dropping your as -- >> check it out, kadija is living in brooklyn and wanting to start her own magazine. her best friend maxine, i play sinclair james, a lovable and fun and super naive girl. >> i have not been this nervous since i lost my tube top. well, i am sure no one noticed. >> regine was in touch of her femininity. >> what are you making? >> a man's truck.
>> it is important to have a black woman who was the show runner, "living singles" i don't know, the club scene was tired. creating something so amazing and real. >> a year later, "friends" was on air. >> it was difficult to watch because we were getting less publicity. >> we were on fox, they were on nbc. would the narrative in the competition about our success or the degree of our success is different if we were on nbc? >> of course. >> i never watched "friends" because they could not possibly find a way to add anybody of color. >> it was to a certain extent of
a product of the time period and of my own ignorance. >> there were black shows and white shows. there was not a lot of shows that were interracial. i guess at the time this is what i am thinking of this is what i know. >> okay. >> i hear ya. >> we can talk about that. "friends" is not based on "living singles." "friends" is based on marta kaufman and david crane's experiences. >> it is about that time of your life where your friends are your family. >> i am thankful that all of your thanksgiving sucked. >> the biggest surprise was matthew perry.
>> he puts accents on syllables. >> could we be more white trash? >> when i watch "friends," i didn't want monica to be a control freak. >> you want to push the cap until you hear them click. >> matt made joey funny. >> look at me, i am chandler. >> could i be wearing any more clothes? >> they were all rooting for each other. >> now we need a semen of a righteous man. >> phoebe is appealing because she's different. >> yeah, you don't have to fit in, you can still like yourself, it is okay. ♪ ♪ smelly cat, smelly cat ♪ ♪ what are they feeding you ♪ ♪ i don't know why people ♪ ♪ like smelly cat ♪
>> there were many songs were funny. >> maybe i don't need your money. >> rachel green being sort of this spilled character off the top of the show and about humhum bling that character and making her independent. >> we knew ross and rachel from the pilot going to be a thing. >> i want to be married again. >> ross and rachel made it like oh, i have to tune in this week because i want to see are they getting together? >> i can't believe i can't get to go to my own prom. >> the one with the prom video where rachel realizes that ross had always loved her. >> bye, it is okay, chip. >> oh dear. i can't believe you did that. >> yeah. well s-- >> the most memorable moments on the sitcom where they touched on
something beyond the comedy. >> it made for a great television that a lot of people wanted to watch, literally everyone in america. >> i, ross, take the emily. >> take the rachel -- >> we have really been on an ride with ross and rachel. >> our goal in writing the finale was to make you believe they may not get together. >> i have to get on the plane. >> i do. >> no, you don't. >> i watched the final episode and crying as an audience member. i was there in the audience and you can feel the energy. >> i remember being very secr secretive. >> we had a big flat so people could not see. >> is there any way you can let me off the -- >> no, no! oh my god, did she get off the plane? >> i got off the plane.
>> i also wonder why this show endorse the way it does. i do feel it is the marriage between the writing and the chemistry of the chemistry of the cast. we genuinely loved and love each other. everyone just did a really good job. that's not a good way to end it. but i mean, i think -- yeah.ingo . reason, or fun. daring, or thoughtful. sensitive, or strong. progress isn't either or progress is everything.
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you had in the late '90s a series of anti-heroes starting with roseanne. she was still tame compared to al bundy. >> and now there's larry david. larry hates me. i don't really care for him either. >> take this [ bleep ] piece of pie and get it out of my face. >> put the [ bleep ] pie down. >> don't put that pie down. >> a lot of our friend groups, they're borderline toxic. >> because george costanza was based on larry david, "curb your enthusiasm" is actually a continuation of "seinfeld" in spirit. >> your last name is black. >> yes. >> that's like if my last name was jew, like larry jew. >> larry david the character, he's one of my best friends. >> you had sex with a mental patient. >> she's not a mental patient. >> she's a mental patient!
>> i love how much of a [ bleep ] he is. >> what can i tell you, larry? sometimes you're an [ bleep ]. >> well, [ bleep ]s don't go out with the disabled. okay? check that out. >> i think i like the [ bleep ] holes, you know? i like the jerks. >> could you just move your legs? >> what are you doing? are you looking at my breasts? >> he will articulate the things that people might think, but their internal editor goes don't say that. >> you wear that dress because you want people to look at your shoes, right? >> there was no thought, what will people think? >> if you weren't my best friend, i would take my bare hands and pop your head off your neck. >> he's not my best friend. >> "curb your enthusiasm" came about at a time when sitcoms of the '90s had somewhat worn out their welcome because there had been a glut of them. >> in the wake of "friends" ending, this juggernaut for nbc, networks obviously had to find some way to make it new. >> kids, i'm going to tell you an incredible story. >> the premise of "how i met
your mother" is a grown man telling his children the story of how he met their mother. >> it was way back in 2005. i was 27, just starting to make -- >> the show wasn't sort of your traditional sitcom. it had to do with the flashback element. >> is this going to take a while? >> yes. 25 years ago, before i was dad, i had this whole other life. >> so you guys absolutely don't think i should call her? >> ted, no. >> get it through your thick skull! >> okay. okay. fine. i won't. interesting piece of trivia, i called her. >> what are you doing? >> it was this ideal world where you've got your really good buddies that will always have your back. >> yes, kids are not my favorite thing in the world, but i like them. >> you don't want to have them. >> i like sports cars, but it doesn't mean i want to push a ferrari through my vagina. >> but "how i met your mother" fell into the trap that "friends" did. it's just like, we're affable
white people living in new york. >> but as we entered the 21st century, it's really important to take note that these friends sitcoms started to reflect more cultural diversity. >> when you guys first came in, we were as wholesome and healthy as the family in "the brady bunch," now we're as dysfunctional as the cast of "the brady bunch." >> they come from completely different perspectives. their study room is like the bar in "cheers." >> hey! >> jeff winger, played by joel mchale, sort of our leader, he's this disgraced lawyer who comes back to community college. >> i'm a student. >> well, that cannot be an inspiring journey. >> he creates the study group because he wants to get in the pants of britta. >> jeff and i do not have sexual tension. we just argue all the time. >> oh, just like sam and diane. >> oh, good, more of this. >> chevy chase, who plays pierce hawthorn. >> his entire character exists to be racist and sexist. >> all right.
you already know know brittles. >> britta. >> abed. abed the arab. is that inappropriate? >> sure. >> "community" is really creative, and i think it stood out at the time. >> "community" ended up as this insane wild ride through dan harmon's mind. but what was different about "new girl," it wasn't meta. it wasn't "community." it wasn't trying to make fun of the genre. >> hey, schmidt! >> oh, come on. >> "new girl" is about a woman who has been with the same guy for a long time. she comes home early from a trip and she finds him with another woman. >> it's just -- that's why i need a new apartment. i'm sorry. what was the question again? >> do you have any pets? >> and the only place she can find is an apartment with three guys, and they're kind of like her polar opposites. >> hey, guys, i brought -- >> whatcha doing?
>> we're just chillin', just chillin'. >> that discomfort, the girls and the guys being in the same space and they're not together like partners, they're together like friends, that felt unusual and fresh. >> i accidentally saw nick's pee-pee. >> what? >> what did she say? >> i accidentally saw nick's pee-pee and his bubbles. >> it was really important to me that all the characters on "new girl" were racially diverse -- men, women. >> not just like a cast of white people, which is like not that interesting. >> the fact of the matter is, i live in a loft with three people who happen to be white. but believe you me, there is so much more that i find annoying about you that i haven't even gotten to race. >> i think that's why i do feel like "new girl" was the sitcom for the millennial generation. >> most of these dudes are not looking for a relationship. >> yeah, this is a lot. >> you got to [ bleep ] a lot of frogs to get a good frog. >> that's not the saying, or any saying.
>> the next step is showing these authentic portrayals, layered portrayals. >> because, yes, we gravitate toward people who are like us, but they don't have to be exactly like us in order to create these really profound friendships and communities. i have one seat in first class and one in coach. >> oh. i'll -- >> uh -- >> i'll take the first class. >> class has always played a role in the history of sitcoms. >> bubbly, laney. >> class is fascinating to us as a culture. >> i never check my bags. i can't stand to wait in the baggage area. >> it's good to laugh at it, to get it all out on the table. >> you're going to have to go back to your seat. >> you know, our goal should be a society without classes! >> if