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Old 08-11-2017, 07:07 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Anything with Kevin James in it. He's always playing some fat slob who somehow manages to attract thin good looking women despite being a moron. From King of Queens to Kevin can wait and Paul Blart, it's always the same storyline.
Oh my goodness - I so agree with you. He not only plays a fat slob in everything but even his personality sucks. He's always lying to his wife and doing sneaky things. I can't stand him. I wish they would kill him off on Kevin Can Wait instead of his wife and have the wife and Leah Remini move in together.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Pretty much all TV dramas have been formulaic, but it is worse the further back you go. At least these days we have TV series which sustain plot lines through numerous episodes or for the entire season, rather than a new plot every episode which has to be completely resolved by the end. Shows like Bonanza or Columbo...all you had to do was look at the clock to know when all would be resolved and justice will have triumphed.

I remember the Roy Rogers Show from when I was a wee one. Every week it was the same thing. Roy, Pat and the useless sheriff would be hanging around Dale's Cafe talking about some gold shipment coming in on the stage that week. The only other customers in the cafe happen to be the bad guys who overhear this and exchange knowing nods. They rob the stage, shooting the sheriff in the arm (that sheriff got shot in the same arm every week...what are the odds?) which forces Roy, who isn't a law enforcement officer of any sort, to have to go after the crooks.

They kidnap "Rogers dame" (Dale), Bullet the Wonder Dog has observed where she was taken, races back to the cafe where Roy and Pat are sitting around wondering where dale has gone. After a blast of barking, the lightbulb goes on and Pat says "Roy, I think he wants us to follow him." They do, Dale gets liberated, the crooks jump on their horses, Roy pursues, catches the crooks....and then a final scene back at the cafe where the sheriff, with his arm in a sling (it was only a flesh wound, it was always only a flesh wound) has a celebratory cup of coffee with Roy, Pat and Dale.

That, or some slight variation of it, was the show, every week.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Price is Right
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:12 PM
 
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Oh my goodness - I so agree with you. He not only plays a fat slob in everything but even his personality sucks. He's always lying to his wife and doing sneaky things. I can't stand him. I wish they would kill him off on Kevin Can Wait instead of his wife and have the wife and Leah Remini move in together.
You hold Kevin in the same esteem as I do.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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Three's Company usually had the same general plotline in every episode: "Someone misunderstands a situation or something they overheard, causing a lot of problems until they figure out they misunderstood."
Oh man, Three's Company was SHAMELESSLY predictable. I think in the predictability department, it has to be a tie between them & Love It or List It.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:58 AM
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Location: Ontario
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Most formulaic? HGTV's Love It or List It. By far.

Every show is exactly the same with different faces and houses plugged in.
Even the same "problems" that come up and no more money to cover them.

Even so ....I'm hooked, especially like "Love It or List It Vancouver"
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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The Law and Order shows are formulaic, even if the details of the crimes give them some variety. A friend once pointed out that she could watch the first segment and the final five minutes of any of those shows and get the gist. The stuff in the middle is just chatty build-up.
Did you ever notice the detective pair always have to go to Lt Van Buren to be told what to do next? I can't believe after all of the years they have been detectives, they can never figure it out for themselves.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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The Love Boat. I called it The Lie Boat. Every plot starts with a passenger or crew member telling a lie, then spends the entire trip covering it up.
I read somewhere that The Love Boat specifically insisted on following 3 patterns per episode: 1 serious story (like someone having a potentially fatal sickness), 1 comedy, & 1 love story.

As a kid, I noticed that everything always came to a head at 9:30 and was always resolved (usually late at night on the deck) between 9:45 and 9:50.

Then about 9:55, as people departed, they'd usually announce "We're getting married" and the Julie, Gopher, & Doc would always react excitedly as if they didn't hear engagement announcements at the end of every cruise.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Maine
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THE LOVE BOAT was one of those late '70s early '80s TV shows that should have been called HAS-BEEN GUEST STAR OF THE WEEK.

FANTASY ISLAND was the same way. It was almost like HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, only with a plot and sets.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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The A team.
Lol! Yes! No matter what the subject of any given episode was, it was always ultimately handled with the A-Team uniting & building some type of huge, homemade tank or whatever at the semi-end.

Happy Days (at least during the Richie years) often followed this format:

1 or all the gang is in trouble of a minor or major nature and after they fail at fixing things on their own for whatever reason, SURPRISE, Fonzie has to come to the rescue & make it all work out in the end.
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