Line(s) of the Day #MadMen

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Bertram Cooper: Mr. Campbell, who cares? 
Pete Campbell: What?
Bertram Cooper: Who cares? 
Pete Campbell: Mr. Cooper, he’s a fraud and a liar. A criminal even.
Bertram Cooper: Even if this were true who cares? This country was built and run by men with worse stories than whatever you’re imagining here…. The Japanese have a saying. “A man is whatever room he is in,” and right now, Donald Draper is in this room. I assure you. There’s more profit in forgetting this. I’d put your energy into bringing in accounts.
Pete leaves the room
Bertram Cooper (to Don Draper) : Fire him if you want. But I’d keep an eye on him. One never knows how loyalty is born.

Robert Morse and Vincent Kartheiser in the superlative Mad Men (2007 – 2015), which is set in the 1960s and tells of a group of advertising executives working on Madison Avenue. The scene is one of the many fine examples of the betrayal, ambition and wisdom that was a feature of the 15-time Emmy winner,

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Line(s) of the Day #BrooklynNineNine

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Captain Raymond Holt: I don’t believe in loopholes.
Jake Perolta: What? Loopholes are the best. Remember that time when Pancake Palace had that all-you-can-eat deal, but they didn’t set a time limit? I ate pancakes for a week for $3.99. All I had to do was sleep there and never shower.
Norm Scully: What? Thanks for the invite, friend!

Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg and Joel McKinnon Miller in the precinct-set sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 -). You can find another example of the show’s humour here.

Line(s) of the Day #Columbo

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“Just a piece of advice. Find a different spot, or use a different bait. Otherwise you’re not going to catch anything, Lieutenant.”

Major General Martin J. Hollister (Eddie Albert) in the Columbo episode Dead Weight (1971). I’m a huge fan of the dishevelled detective, it’s clever format and the cat and mouse style interactions between the resilient sleuth and the different murderers (just like above). Indeed, I wrote a review of the show here. Without spoilers, feel free to share your favourite episodes. Mine is Try and Catch Me, starring Ruth Gordon as an Agatha Christie style writer, followed by The Most Dangerous Match, with Laurence Harvey as a tortured chess maestro.

Line(s) of the Day #EverybodyLovesRaymond

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Frank Barone:  Why the hell did I let you drive?
Marie Barone:  Because you can’t see anymore.
Frank Barone: I can see a house!

Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts in the fondly remembered sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Though never considered edgy or trendy, the Long Island-set show was hugely popular and won 15 Primetime Emmy Awards from 69 nominations. Though the show finshed 13 years ago, it is still regularly shown. You can find more of Frank’s acerbic wit here

Line(s) of the Day #TheCrown

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Where there is heroism there will always be hope.

Sir Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) in the historical Netflix drama The Crown (2016 – ).  With a third series currently in production, the biographical show covers the life of Queen Elizabeth, stretching back to 1947. You can find mre examples of the inspirational wisdom from the great man here and here.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSimpsons

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Barney: Well, look at the bright side, Moe: you still got us.
Moe: Yeah. Yeah, you know, that — that actually makes me feel a little better.
Homer: Why? That was the problem in the first place: you were going broke because we were your only customers. Wasn’t that the problem in the first place? That you were going broke? Moe? Moe? Hey, Moe. Oh! You’re thinking about all the money you blew, aren’t you. What was it? Fifty, sixty thousand dollars?

Another wonderful example of the fantastic humour in The Simpsons (1989 – ), as seen in the episode Bart Sells His Soul.

Line(s) of the Day #IllBeThereForYou

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So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke
Your love life’s D.O.A
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year, but

I’ll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour)
I’ll be there for you
(Like I’ve been there before)
I’ll be there for you
(‘Cause you’re there for me too)

The opening lines and chorus from I’ll be There For You by The Rembrandts, from the American duo’s third studio album LP (1995). The song is far better known for being the theme tune to sitcom phenomenon Friends,  a show I’ve been rewatching from the start. You can find two of the many jokes here and here.

Line(s) of the Day #ModernFamily

Manny: Help me! Tell me what to say!
Cameron: (into phone) Ok. How about this? You are the prettiest, smartest, funniest girl in the sixth grade. I know you’re only 11 but I can’t stop thinking about you. I’ve loved talking to you online. I think we should become boyfriend and girlfriend.
Cameron: (to customers) Oh no, it’ not what you’re thinking. I’m talking to a litte boy. Oh…

Rico Rodriguez and Eric Stonestreet in the multi award-winning ensemble cast comedy Modern Family (2009 – ). You can find other examples of the show’s humour here and here.

Gr8at: Shows Set Back in the 1980s

With the release of Ready Player One, said to feature numerous 80s references, it’s clear the 80s phenomenan shows no sign of abating. So I thought I’d include the opening titles of eight recent shows set during the 80s that highlight just how distinctive the decade.  From the comedic like Everybody Hates Chris and The Goldbergs to ones with more serious themes like Stranger Things and The Americans.

How many of the shows have you seen? Why do you think it’s so continued to be so popular?

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