Quote: Ben @ October 13 2012, 9:12 AM BST
I grew up thinking MPFC was nothing but genius. This view was formed from watching only the compilation shows. However, I then started purchasing the DVDs of the complete series and couldn't believe how much terrible, terrible material was in there. That's not to say they don't contain some of the funniest and most innovative sketches ever, but it's mostly unfunny twaddle.
That's the trouble with any sketch show, you have 30 mins to fill with a wide variety and quality of sketches. If they were to put all the very best sketches in one or two episodes then you'd have four episodes which wouldn't be worth watching. That's why it isn't TV comedy's premier artform. I put it 3rd in the TV artform pecking order, behind Comdram and Supremo Sitcom.
Quote: Gordon Bennett @ October 13 2012, 9:27 AM BST
If you'd compile your own personal Best Of then you have bloody good 2 or 3 hours. But watching the whole box set over a few weeks or so can be pretty hard work.
Exactly, but the same goes with any sketch show. Even the best, The Benny Hill Show had a lot of mediocre gumph inbetween the gems.
The beauty of the narrative comedy is that you don't notice the filler so much, as it's still part of the story structure, it has a function. But put filler in a sketch show and it will stand out blaringly as being inferior to the good sketches.