I just finished watching Dharma and Greg season 3, episode 4. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it’s by Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre. It ran from 1997 to 2002, and it explores many of the same kinds of relationships explored in Big Bang Theory, particularly that of the free-spirited woman in a relationship with an uptight man. You might think of Big Bang Theory as Dharma and Greg combined with Friends. There’s a subplot in this particular episode in which Dharma joins a garage band run by teenage boys just to get away from her husband, who as an out of work lawyer starts arguing with anyone and everyone because he has no other outlet for his skills. She gets fired from the garage band and then goes to audition for another one — which happens to be Bob Dylan’s band featuring T. Bone Burnett, Joe Walsh and others, really. Jenna Elfman, who plays Dharma, plays the drums, so jams with them. Check it out.
If the video doesn’t queue directly to episode 4, just click on the drop-down menu in the upper left hand corner of the YouTube window and select episode 4, “Play Lady Play.”
Footage from a documentary originally aired on Granada TV featuring punk and new wave acts from 1976-1978. From the YouTube list: Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Iggy Pop, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury, Penetration, Blondie, Fall, Jam, Jordan, Devo, Tom Robinson Band, Johnny Thunder, Elvis Costello, XTC, Jonathan Richman, Nick Lowe, Siouxie & the Banshees, Cherry Vanilla & Magazine. Some of the footage is pretty rough, especially what appears to have been Blondie’s first TV appearance, but that seems strangely appropriate.
Here are my top votes. Any other suggestions? I feel like an episode of All in the Family belongs here, but I can’t pick just one.
WKRP in Cincinnati: Thanksgiving Episode
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Funeral for Chuckles the Clown
Friends: Eye Exam episode
Seinfeld: Parking Garage episode
Friends: Thanksgiving Confessions
Seinfeld: Every “Soup Nazi” episode ever made
Fawlty Towers: Bad German Jokes
Night Court: The Mel Torme episode
Cheers: Woody Gets an Election
Red Dwarf: Wilma is totally hot!
Please excuse Epstein from class for the rest of his life because he has died.
So long, Robert Hegyes, and thanks for all the laughs. You made me and my friends laugh at ourselves when we were in the seventh grade and we still haven’t forgotten…