My Mother the Car
This one is from way back in 1965, and the title alone should tell you everything you need to know about how strange it was. It’s not a metaphor or anything, some guy named Crabtree buys a used car only to discover that the ghost of his dead mother is haunting it and can talk to him through the radio. Don’t you love comedy that addresses practical problems and everyday situations?
To add to the “hilarity” the mom would only speak to Crabtree, presumably leaving the rest of his family to think he was insane and/or had some sort of weird car fetish. Plus there was a shifty, cartoonish car collector who kept trying to steal the vehicle. Would that count as kidnapping?! If you laughed at that joke then you’re part of this show’s target audience and probably shouldn’t be reading Internet comedy.
The series starred Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, the guy you’ve actually heard of before. Jerry turned down the lead role in Gilligan’s Island so he could have the chance to act out a really creepy variant of the Oedipus complex. He would later claim to “regret” the choice, which is code for “I can’t believe I was so incredibly stupid.”
Back when the Fox network was first starting out they had a problem coming up with shows that weren’t awful, and this 1992 sitcom about six survivors of an accidental nuclear Armageddon is one of many that filled the void before they figured out what the hell they were doing. Only ten episodes aired, including such sitcom staples as “the characters have to fight off a giant mutant spider” and “Santa Claus visits the gang but he’s depressed because his wife and elves died because they couldn’t make it to the North Pole’s fallout shelter.” Comedy gold!
We’d love to know how the pitch meeting for this show went. We hope it was something like: “OK, so get this: a tragic nuclear accident kills nearly everyone on Earth. Six survivors meet up and scratch out a meagre living in a farmhouse, desperately trying to cope with their overwhelming feelings of depression and despair while radiation poisoning slowly kills them… with wacky results!” It’s no surprise that this baffling concept didn’t last long.
Heil Honey I’m Home!
Well, if there’s one thing even funnier than a worldwide nuclear disaster then it’s the Holocaust. What, you don’t think World War Two was a solid six years of hilarity? The creators of 1990’s Heil Honey I’m Home beg to differ.
The baffling premise was that Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun were living in suburbia, right next door to a Jewish couple, the Goldensteins. The Goldensteins keep dropping in at the worst of times, much to the chagrin of Hitler, who just can’t stand his neighbours. It’s sort of like Everybody Loves Raymond, except they’re not related and Ray never threatened to commit genocide when his parents ruined dinner.
The show spoofed American sitcoms of the 50s, complete with absurd premise, vapid stories, very blunt joke execution and tons of unnecessary applause. We don’t have anything against parody, but when it’s basically the same joke for a full half hour the whole thing gets old quickly. That, along with the fact that, you know, it’s a sitcom about Hitler, is why it only one of its eight planned episodes were aired. It remains arguably both the weirdest and most controversial sitcom every created.
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