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What did he just say?

I was watching the relatively new sitcom Sullivan and Son on TBS the other day. It stars comedian Steve Byrne, not that that matters for the sake of this post. I had it recorded on the DVR so I’m not sure when it originally aired.

If you haven’t seen the show it’s about this guy who was a corporate attorney in New York or something, but decided to move back to his hometown of Pittsburgh and buy his parents’ bar from them. It’s a pretty standard comedy, by any measure. Nothing life altering, but worth occasionally watching.

What really got under my skin though was the complete disregard for researching something  that would have taken all of ten seconds. Completely unprofessional if you ask me.

The main character’s name is Steve. There is another guy, Owen, who is a dimwitted friend of Steve’s. Owen doesn’t know who his dad is because his mom rather enjoys sleeping around and makes no qualms about it. Well, Steve’s dad, who happens to be played by Dan Lauria (the dad from The Wonder Years), ┬ábasically replaced Steve with Owen while Steve was away. The running joke seems to be that Steve abandoned his father when he left, to which he always replies, “I didn’t abandon him. I went to law school!”

Anyway, his dad mentions all the times he took Owen to the zoo to see the pandas. That’s when I hung my head and shook it at the lack of simple research by the script writers.

My beef? The Pittsburgh Zoo has no pandas! How hard is it to pull up a website and see what animals live at any particular zoo? Not very! C’mon, people! Do your research! That single scene made me want to stop watching the show right then. I didn’t, but I wanted to. If they can’t bother to research something that simple, what else did they screw up while writing the script?

Perhaps I’m just being too picky, but it bothered me.

The land of mediocre make believe

I figure I’ve had a post every day this month so far so I may as well keep it going. I’m bound to give up on it eventually, but for now I’ll keep at it. So, here is the thought of the day.

The other day, I ended up watching Mister Roger’s Neighborhood with my daughter, which was a semi-decent show while I was growing up. This particular episode, however, took place entirely in the land of make believe. Growing up I despised the land of make believe. In theory, it was an awesome idea. In practice, the puppets and people were just one giant creepfest, and not the good kind. The characters in the land of make believe were just plain weird and they had odd, high pitched voices that I just never cared for.

Even as a child I was not impressed by the low budget garbage. As an adult, I endured it for the sake of my daughter. One day she’ll realize how truly horrible that place is. The true land of make believe will blossom within her and put that weird castle and its odd inhabitants to shame. Then she’ll realize that watching that garbage was a waste of time. I can’t wait for that day. I want to be rid of that place forever.

I’m not the only one who felt that way about the land of make believe, am I? Please tell me I’m not the only one who could see how screwed up and unimaginative that horrible place was. I can’t be alone here.