The problem with “(Blank) My Dad Says”

Posted: September 30, 2010 in All, Comedy, Reviews, TV
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There’s a major problem with “(Blank) My Dad Says.”

The hint is in the title. (Blank)

When you read the pages and pages of bizarre things on the real Shit My Dad Says tweet….thing…you open a small window of his house and listen in on half a conversation. You never hear what was said before or after, so you just have to imagine the context. That’s a large part of the humor.

But in the show, they put everything in a context. Usually, a simple, comfortable sitcom context. And that takes a lot of the fun out of it.

It’s an old example, but no one’s ever put it to use this way: The shower scene from “Psycho.” It was more powerful for what it didn’t show than what it did.


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