Food on Sitcoms
Long live Jack’s Bistro. Keep putting too much pepper in the sauce. John Ritter forever.
The Barney Miller Brownie episode is about as funny as it gets! Of course they gave almost all the good stuff to Jack Soo for that show: Dipping the brownie into his coffee, hes telling a ‘customer’: "You dip it in the coffee,and it gets all mushy….mushy…mushy mushy!" And then later on to Barney: "Barney…Barney..Barney..is your mother from Killearny?" And I will admit that the THAT 70S SHOW brownie episode is also ‘very special’ too! An interesting evening of television could be made of all the halfway decent episodes of TV shows where somebody gets accidentally [or purposely! LOL] stoned,drunk,etc…..
Anyone remember "Newhart"–the sitcom where Bob ran an inn in New England? I loved that show. The three brothers–"Hi, I’m Larry. This is my brother, Daryl, and this is my other brother, Daryl."–ran a diner. I think it was called the "Minuteman Diner". Anyway, the "meat special" was always something that "Daryl found along the side of the road that morning." Gotta love it.[:D]
Lucy and Ethel making homemade bread with 13 cakes of yeast instead of three and having it explode out of the oven. Birdzilla on Cheers, Sue Ann Nevin’s Happy Homemaker scenes on Mary Tyler Moore, And, yes, ditto on Aunt Bee and The Waltons. Those ladies knew how to cook! There was also a rather interesting series from England called Chef. Much better than The Restaurant. And the kitchen had some very funny moments in Fawlty Towers. Somewhat unrelated to this post, does anyone remember a cartoon which played on the Mickey Mouse Club called The Cookie Carnival? I was obsessed with that when I was little.
Long live John Ritter! 3’s Company has the funniest opening credits in history.[:(]
What a loss to Sitcomland – John Ritter will live on in reruns for years to come. Remember the Regal Beagle Pub, where the characters probably did more drinking than eating?
His new show was so funny! My family is so sad about his passing [:(] When my teenage son told me the news early this morning, I was stunned… My boys loved "Eight Simple Rules…"
On the Andy Griffith show, when the Russians show up, and they can’t seem to have their little conclave, and finally end up having it in the dead of night over cold fried chicken and pee-kless. Ever since then I have pronounced it pee-kless. No one ever gets it.[;)]
The Thanksgiving episode of The Bob Newhart Show. Emily’s gone out of town for a family emergency, and Bob, Howard, Jerry, and Mr. Carlin spend a sodden Thanksgiving together. The old knockknock joke "Who’s there/Boo? Boo Who?/Don’t cry" becomes a leitmotif.
They return to Bob’s apartment, and discover they have neglected to thaw the turkey. Bob knocks the turkey, hard as a rock, on the counter–twice. Mr. Carlin responds "Who’s there?" Bob: "It’s the turkey, Mr. Carlin." Mr. C: "It’s the turkey who?" Bob, weepy: "Don’t Cry."
There ensues a discussion about how to cook a frozen turkey that has to be roasted for a long time. Turning the oven up to 2000 degrees is suggested. Bob points out that the limit on the oven of 500 degrees. It is suggested that they get three more ovens.
Finally, they decide to send out for Chinese, to be delivered to the home of Dr. Bob Hartley–Pronounced "Derr Bob Hartley." Things appear to be going fine until every body decides they want Moo Goo Gai Pan…which they are all too blotto to pronounce.
There was that Seinfeld episode — can’t remember what the situation was, but I just remember George’s mother yelling "WHAT ABOUT MY PAELLA!!!" And it just kinda bothered me, because I still can’t imagine that Mrs. Costanza would ever make paella.
Klinger alaways bragged about TONY PACKO’S in Toledo. He wanted to get their hotdogs/sausages with the works. I haven’t been to TONY’S in years, and I don’t know if they are still there. But their and coney sauce were probably the best this side of Detroit. As I recall that had great pepper relish.
In the Brady’s kitchen, Alice always had something cooking on the stove. Was their frig avocado or harvest gold? I can’t remember…
Heehee, I’ve been enjoying this thread!! How about Alexis on ‘Dynasty’ eating caviar? Or the rattlesnake stew Mr. Edwards made for the girls on "Little House on the Prairie" (he even made a rattle from the rattlesnake’s tail for the littlest girl).
The Pez episode on Seinfeld.
Didn’t Klinger order something from a place in Toledo? Does anyone remember that?
Don’t forget ‘the recipe’ from the Waltons’ neighbors, the Baldwin sisters. [:D]
Wasn’t Fred Flintstone always talking about brontosaurus burgers? Maybe they were the precursors to the new wave of burgers today, i.e., buffalo, ostrich, etc.[;)]
I can’t believe we got all the way thru this thread without mentioning the Andy Griffith Show! Aunt Bee was always cooking something great, even if she couldn’t can pickles. The folks in Andy’s town were always eating something good or baking pies or having lunch at the diner or a church supper. Also notice..for people who ate lots of good home cooked food, they weren’t bursting at the seams either.
Long Live Mayberry!!
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