April 26, 2010
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At work a few weeks ago, my coworkers got into a conversation about the “Golden Girls.” Since I work at a gay rights organization this does happen at least once a year. During this conversation, I put forth my theory that Dorothy and the gang were the real predecessors to Carrie and the girls from “Sex and the City.” My thoughts were met with a standing ovation, which is always what happens when I open my mouth at work. While futzing about on the internet, I found this genius clip from “Robot Chicken” that illustrates my point much better than I was ever capable of. Enjoy.
This conversation got me thinking, which is an incredibly dangerous thing. My thoughts this time were about how American popular culture is essentially one big redo of some older aspect of American popular culture. Isn’t it obvious that “How I Met Your Mother” is an update of “Friends?” Does this mean we are going to have to live through two seasons of a terrible Barney spin-off, where Neil Patrick Harris takes up residence in Los Angeles? Please tell me this will never happen!
I know there are other comparisons between the oldies and the newbies on American TV, but my noggin is not what it used to be, so we are going to have to leave it at that. What other sad remakes do you recall? And what remakes do you fear?