Where's the next Ally McBeal?

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  1. TiVoDan

    TiVoDan New Member

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    I 've always loved the absurdity of David E Kelley's Dramedies, like Northern Exposure, Picket Fences, and Ally McBeal. I was wondering if there are any currently airing shows that fall into the same genre. Pushing Daisies is a good candidtate, but I think it's fall's more into the more bazaar Hitchhiker's Guide genre.

    Anyone have any other recomendations?
     
  2. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    Why do you consider Northern Exposure to be absurd?
     
  3. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    How about Scrubs?
     
  4. terpfan1980

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

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    You prefer the term quirky?
     
  5. nedthelab

    nedthelab New Member

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    I liked Northern Exposure and yes it was very absurd - Anthony Edwards as the litigious bubble boy lawyer, a crazy chef, a dorky artist flinging things into the woods, a very strange send off of the number3s guy.....

    BUt why would you want another Ally McBeal??
     
  6. briang5

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    Its not typical David Kelly, but Side order of life has a strong Ali Mcbeal feel to it, at least to me. In one episode, she thought a pig was sending her text messages. Stuff like that.
     
  7. jsmeeker

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  8. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    There's nothing inherently inconceivable about any of that, though. OK, maybe some of the native American mythos got a bit strange...

    Heck, if there was a real town in Alaska like the one in the show with some of those characters in it, I'd probably move there tomorrow. :)

    It was nothing like Boston Legal has become, for which "absurd" would be a greater compliment than it deserves.
     
  9. JLucPicard

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    Funny, when I read the title the first thing that crossed my mind was 'Courtney from Survivor', then when I read your post I realized you weren't talking about 'the most emaciated looking female on primetime TV'. :)
     
  10. atrac

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    +1. Definitely.
     
  11. 5thcrewman

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    Q: Where's the next Ally McBeal?
    A: Oh I hope not.
     
  12. TAsunder

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    The closest I can come up with is ugly betty, and it's not very close at all.
     
  13. Ruth

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    :D LOL
     
  14. IJustLikeTivo

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    Maybe that's cause DEK is the primary writer and Exec producer of BL......
     
  15. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    well, yeah.. I thought that was what the OP was looking for. The current whacky DEK show.
     
  16. sushikitten

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    I need to catch up on Boston Legal. That is all.
     
  17. atrac

    atrac New Member

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    Which makes it even more bizarre to me that the original poster had no idea about this show.
     
  18. Jesda

    Jesda CAPTAIN AWESOME

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    Ally McBeal started out as being an emotionally-driven, mildly substantive dramedy, and ended an over the top farce.

    Boston Legal is proudly over the top.
     
  19. EchoBravo

    EchoBravo TV-MA LSV

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    As did Boston Public.

    LOVE David E. Kelley shows in years 1 or 2.
    HATE David E. Kelley shows in years 3 through cancellation.
     
  20. justapixel

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    Men in Trees is very Northern Exposure like.

    Although, maybe not quite as quirky but it's been a long time since I've seen that show.
     

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