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Best running joke in a TV series?
« on: December 20, 2016, 04:04:14 PM »
1) WKRP

Les Nesman's walls. Les was the news director and felt he deserved an office. So he put down tape on the carpet to indicate where the walls and doors should be. If someone tried to talk to him on the other side of the imaginary wall, Les would simply pretend like he couldn't hear the person. They had to knock on his imaginary door. Les also featured a couple other running gags: he always wore a bandaid that appeared on different places. Frequently a scene would open with Les just finishing up his news commentary and his conclusion kind of made you wished you heard the rest of his news commentary. "...and then we could take out Iraq too claiming it was a typographical error!"

2) Parks n Rec

Little Sebastian was a miniature horse that everyone in the town seemed to revere but no one seemed willing to explain why they held the horse in such regard.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2016, 05:10:01 PM »
Arrested Development, pretty much every joke.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2016, 05:18:04 PM »
Arrested Development, pretty much every joke.

Of them all, I think I liked Annyong the best as a running joke.  Especially the payoff with his real name.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2016, 06:05:32 PM »
Arrested Development, pretty much every joke.

Of them all, I think I liked Annyong the best as a running joke.  Especially the payoff with his real name.
I'd go with the chicken dance but yeah, it's close on several fronts.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2016, 06:08:18 PM »
Honorable mention: a bunch of things from Parks and Rec.

- The way everyone hates Jerry for, like, no reason
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- Li'l Sebastian
- The Cones of Dunshire
- "That is LITERALLY... (insert thing that is not literally a thing here)"
- "Ann, you (insert really weird but complimentary name for Ann Perkins here)"
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2016, 06:13:33 PM »
Are we not doing phrasing anymore?

...and other Archer running jokes.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2016, 11:24:05 PM »
In "Get Smart", 'The Cone of Silence' would never work, much to the Chief's annoyance.
Max would always add "and loving it" when told how much danger he would be in on a mission.
and of course there were the recurring catchphrases "Missed it by that much", "Sorry about that Chief", 
"I asked you not to tell me that" after Max asks someone "Don't tell me I ......." and they do.

Gareth in "The Office" trying to make himself sound more important by misquoting his actual title. (I think they repeated this with Dwight in the US version) He is Assistant to the Regional Manager, not Assistant Regional Manager

Basil Fawlty in "Fawlty Towers" explaining Manuel's stupidity as being because "He's from Barcelona"

There have been comedies that have been nothing but running gags. "'Allo 'Allo!" repeated the same gags every week and this shit pile went for 9 Seasons.  ???


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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2016, 11:33:35 PM »
Honorable mention for "there ain't no Julio here" on Gimme A Break?
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2016, 12:18:39 AM »
First one that comes to mind is the various attempts Klinger makes trying to get out of the Army in MASH. 
 
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2016, 01:59:35 AM »
Not TV, but from radio, just about every joke on Car Talk.  Those guys would tell exactly the same jokes week in and week out, and somehow they could deliver them as if they all were brand new.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2016, 06:41:20 AM »
Not TV, but from radio, just about every joke on Car Talk.  Those guys would tell exactly the same jokes week in and week out, and somehow they could deliver them as if they all were brand new.
It's the snorts.  Breaks up the rhythm.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2016, 08:34:41 AM »
Oh yeah, Get Smart. Max would see something and comment "that's the second largest x I've ever seen". Never, of course, explaining what the larger thing is that he saw. But leading you to believe, this guy has seen a lot.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2016, 09:15:18 AM »
WKRP #2 - Les Nesman's moving band-aid.  He always had a band aid and it was in a different spot every episode.
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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2016, 09:30:00 AM »
Upright citizens brigade didn't really stay even TV super long but liked how many skits would call back to others. I think the moon/astronaut hate was probably the most pronounced. Honestly I haven't watched it for a long time so am probably forgetting a bunch.

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Re: Best running joke in a TV series?
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2016, 11:45:26 AM »
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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