Most American TV comedies are crap. Anything made during the last twenty years certainly qualifies. But go back a few years and there were some beauties, combining slapstick with subtle satire and irony. Shows like Hogan's Heroes and F Troop.
Channel Nine is rerunning episodes of F Troop currently and Adolf watched one such episode this afternoon. He was inexorably drawn to conclude there is a strong resemblance in this show to the new Labour front bench.
Captain Parmenter - the bumbling naive leader.
Seargent O'Rourke - the scheming second in command.
Corporal Agarn - the loyal dumbarse.
Major Duncan - Parmenter's nemesis who technically outranks Parmenter and always arrives with a 'saddleful of trouble.'
Rangler Jane - the bimbo with long eyelashes but nothing between the ears.
Wild Eagle - the big noise indigenous blowhard of the Whakaewe tribe.
Crazy Cat - Wild eagle's offsider who appears to have done everything except watch porn movies.