The technology of a video iPod speaks to the television lover in all of us: since its invention, it's quite easy to never miss out on the antics of your favorite fictitious characters. As we enjoy a world without commercials, and one where we can easily rewind to see if the characters of South Park actually said what we thought they said, it becomes quite commonplace to know that I scream, you scream, we all scream for iPod.
Yet not every show is, as Elaine Benes might say, "iPod-worthy." Some shows aren't very good, some you may have already seen, and some are on television a million times a day (ahem, Law and Order). This makes it easy to sort out those which should be included on your iPod, and those which should not be even VHSed. The following is our list of the best comedies to put on your iPod, the ones that, if you don't see them, you'll miss in more ways than one.
Scrubs, NBC: This show makes people actually want to go to the hospital. Scrubs, created by Bill Lawrence, is like Grey's Anatomy meets Ally McBeal meets a bottle of Prozac. As it follows the life of John "JD" Dorian in his quest to excel at medicine and gain the approval of his mentor, hilarious situations abound. It's by far one of the most original shows on television, and one that doesn't have to rely on shock jock or toilet humor to get a laugh. It's funny, it's heartfelt, and it's like nothing else in circulation.
Desperate Housewives, ABC: Okay, Desperate Housewives - or DH as it is known in the inner circle – might not be your typical run-of-the-mill comedy: there is no laugh track and few dream sequences. Still, DH is made of up a myriad of characters who work together to make comedic harmony. From Susan's clumsiness to Bree's penchant for throwing a party during a hostage situation, from outrageous plot lines to clever writing, DH is either one of the funniest dramas or most dramatic comedies.
The Office, NBC: If you're looking for a show full of scenes that Steve Carell won't steal, don't watch The Office. A program about a group of workers in, well, an office, this series is hands down hilarious. Steve Carell plays a boss with oblivion seeping out his pores: he thinks he's cool, but no one else, besides his trusty sidekick Dwight, agrees. The Office is one of the only shows on television that contains three unique abilities: it will make you laugh out loud, it will make you embarrassed for Steve Carell's character, and it will remind you of every person you've ever worked with.
My Name is Earl, NBC: Made up of the most zany people around, My Name is Earl tells us the tale of Earl Hickey, a man who has been mooching off society until he wins the lottery, gets hit by a car, and loses his winning ticket. When this happens, Earl decides to get karma on his side by making a list of all his wrongdoings and setting out to make them right. A show with a great cast and great chemistry, My Name is Earl makes white trash highly loveable.
The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS: Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to her top comedic form in The New Adventures of Old Christine. Louis-Dreyfus plays Christine, a single mother raising her son in LA. Surrounded by a slug of characters, including her ex-husband and his girlfriend (the "new" Christine), old Christine attempts to make her life work. Though we will always miss Elaine Benes, with a particular pining for her awesome dance moves, The New Adventures of Old Christine helps to take away some of the pain.