Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Bun B, Fat Tony, Montana, Kyle Hubbard, Thurogood Wordsmith, Renzo, Young Sensation
Not Invited: Tyler Perry, because he is the worst.
This Week's Prompt: This week's prompt is actually an extension of a conversation we were already having with one of your fellow Round Table members earlier this week. The question is simple: Which TV show is the best of all time?
We're inclined to go with The Wire, David Simon's brilliant portrayal of Baltimore's city streets. The characters, the storylines, the dynamic dialogue, everything; it's just about perfect in every conceivable way. It was the first TV show that we ever felt compelled to buy on DVD. Which show do you pick and why?
By the way, if you're going to say something like Lost, please consider this your formal dismissal from The Round Table. Thanks.
Bun B: I'd say All in the Family. Archie's warped views on racism, class, sexism and war raised discussions that carry on today.
Fat Tony: It's a toss up between Seinfeld and Martin. Larry David and Martin Lawrence are hilarious and similar in ways people may not notice. Both express the innate stupidity in men and our asshole-ish tendencies, but portray those traits through rather likable (often lovable) characters. We all have our faults and those two know how to bring out the humor in it pretty damn well, much like the greatest comedian of all-time, Richard Pryor.
Montana: Best is probably The Simpsons; they been around forever. Personally, [I] like Martin. I laugh every time even though I've seen every episode.
Kyle Hubbard: I feel like often times people have vastly different criteria for what the best show ever requires. I feel like a lot of people feel like serious tones and heavy plot lines are a must for a show to be considered a legit contender for the best show ever. I am not one of these people.
The show I would really like to crown the best is Arrested Development, but because it was so tragically cut short by lack of ratings (aka smart enough people in the world to get it) I think it gets disqualified. So with that said, I think I have to give the crown of best show ever to The Office.
The Office is the only show that can actually lighten my vibe when I am pissed off or in a shitty mood. No other show has ever been able to alter my mood but it. I have seen every episode of the series multiple times (word to Netflix) and there are only a few episodes that I skip when I watch it from Season 1 Episode 1 all the way up to the latest episode out, and I do that a lot. So I know it's not some super-deep examination of the world around us, but it's a great escape and extremely hilarious.
Rocks Off: So, just to be clear, the criterion for judging whether or not a show is the best ever goes:
1. "...serious tones and heavy plot lines are a must for a show to be considered."
2. Whether or not it can lighten Kyle Hubbard's mood.
Cool. Got it.
KH: Hey, man, I'm just saying, when I tell people Office is my favorite show they look at me like a simpleton. Annnnd I didn't say that I thought serious tones and heavy plot lines are a must, I was just saying a grip full of people tend to hit me with that logic.
Fair warning, though, if we ever talk movies I will have the rest of the world nodding up and in down in a line with my extremely correct opinions. I'm not much of a TV guy to begin with. My television diet consists of The Office, MSNBC, and Fox News; Fox just because I like to keep a healthy amount of rage coursing through my veins at all time.
Thurogood Wordsmith: I have to go with "the show about nothing," Seinfeld. The main characters, the secondary characters, the episodes, the mundane yet real-life subject matter and the writing all blended together perfectly.
Is Seinfeld over-exposed? Yes. Does Seinfeld get better each time you watch it? Yes. Is Michael Richards a racist? Yes. Is Seinfeld ordinary? No. Do I like answering my own questions? Absolutely.
Kramer, George, Elaine and Jerry. Just saying their names makes me laugh. I see [you] went with a drama, The Wire, which I've never seen. So I can't really argue with that due to my lack of knowledge. I did consider The Sopranos and Entourage but quickly excluded both due to their decline in later seasons. They both started off strong but fizzled after 3-4 seasons (in my opinion).
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Same thing happened to The Simpsons. Seinfeld stayed strong through nine seasons and still remains as hilarious and engaging to new viewers as it does to avid re-run viewers.
Honorable Mentions: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and The Cosby Show.
Renzo: Martin. I've always admired the comedian that would be able to make anything funny. Martin Lawrence had the elements of what it takes from the Momma all the way down to Lil Roscoe. Everyone I knew could pinpoint a Shenehneh, Gina, Pam, Tommy, Otis, Mad Dog, Nipsey. The episodes could start tomorrow and I'm sure that everyone would be back glued to the TV. For the record, Cole was one hell of an actor.
Young Sensation: Ima go with Martin because it was too funny and had the world watching every episode.