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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2016, 04:26:40 PM »
Great calls on the Les Nesman gags. That show didn't run very long but was always great.

I think the band-aid gag started when the actor had a legitimate injury when making the first episode so they decided to run with it.



Laverne and Shirley:
Usually one of the two would describe something as being  horrible or disgusting, and that would be followed instantly with Lenny and Squiggy bursting into the room "Hello".

(the Lenny and Squiggy characters predate the show entirely, they were characters developed by the actors when they were in college)

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I drive my wife crazy with that Laverne and Shirley gag. Every time we inadvertently set it up in conversation I bring up the L&S bit
"..but who could possibly be that stupid?..." 
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2017, 07:41:12 AM »
Anyone ever watch "Better Off Ted"?  They all worked for a company called Veridian Dynamics - "We put money before people".  Before it went to comercial, it would sneak in a fake ad for Veridian, and they were great.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2017, 07:41:59 AM »
Also, how could you not put in Dick Van Dyke tripping over the ottoman.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2017, 11:17:02 AM »
Also, how could you not put in Dick Van Dyke tripping over the ottoman.

In the same vein, Tim Taylor always hitting his head on the pipe when going into the basement.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2017, 09:34:51 PM »
Also, how could you not put in Dick Van Dyke tripping over the ottoman.

In the same vein, Tim Taylor always hitting his head on the pipe when going into the basement.

and from the same show the neighbour (Wilson) who always has his face partially covered behind a fence or bush

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2017, 11:24:40 PM »
Annyong was the first that came to my mind.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2017, 06:23:23 AM »
First one that comes to mind is the various attempts Klinger makes trying to get out of the Army in MASH.

Bah you beat me to it! I may be a titch biased for having this as my favorite as M*A*S*H is probably if not IS my favorite TV show ever.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2017, 07:38:42 PM »
Anyone ever watch "Better Off Ted"?  They all worked for a company called Veridian Dynamics - "We put money before people".  Before it went to comercial, it would sneak in a fake ad for Veridian, and they were great.

I watched a few episodes of this before forgetting about it. Those ads were so realistic.

I loved the joke in one episode where the boss tells Ted that they are like Batman and Robin, obviously I'm Batman. Actually I'm Robin too.  ;D That joke still comes to mind in real life situations sometimes.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2017, 09:40:05 PM »
Doctor Cox's rants and his many many names for JD.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2017, 10:28:30 PM »
Phineas and Ferb:
I have trouble thinking of ANYTHING on that show that isn't a running joke.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2017, 10:43:19 PM »
I'm not sure if this fits the category or if it's just a couple minutes of total payoff for nine years of great characters, but The Big Bang Theory S10e04 The Cohabitation Experimentation pulls together almost every running joke in the show. The last scene of that episode had me laughing so hard I barfed a little in my mouth.*

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2017, 03:25:47 AM »
Best? No idea, but recall some old ones like:
Welcome Back Kotter has several running gags, e.g. Horshack's antics.
Good Times and JJ's "Dy-no-mite!"
Lost in Space, Dr Smith's various names for the robot
South Park "They killed Kenny"

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2017, 01:05:35 PM »
The succession of secretaries to Murphy Brown.
The $10 bets between Mike and the titular Ed.
Kramer entering Jerry's apartment in the same way Lenny and Squigy burst in on Laverne & Shirley, and "Hello Neuman".
"There's always money in the banana stand" on Arrested Development.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2017, 02:51:58 PM »
The corn baller on Arrested Development
The shoddy workmanship on the houses on arrested development. 

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2017, 03:16:54 PM »
"It's never lupus!"

Except that one episode where it actually was :)
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