Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Rule of Four

The Rule of Four refers to a custom in the United States Supreme Court, which allows four justices to grant a writ of certiorari--which is judicial review. have you never seen that (terribly old) film Gideon's Trumpet?! I actually heard a new version might be in the works. I'd love it! New political films make this political science professor very happy.

But thats not my Rule of Four. My Rule of Four refers to successful sitcoms on TV, which I have been doing a lot of this summer. And something I have noticed is that the magic number in successful shows may in fact be 4; four main characters, each positively distinct in temperment and demeanor, so much so that in retrospect the general public may even be able to decipher the behaviors of their friends by refering to them as "the Carrie" of the group, or (gasp), the "Samantha. Certainly, sitcoms have seen huge success with more than 4 main characters (Cheers, Friends, Greys Anatomy, Parks and Rec) and fewer than 4 (Three's Company, X-Files, Breaking Bad), but regardless, 4 seems to be a consistent and ESPECIALLY winning combination. All of these shows were on air for quite a long time. And here are the one's I've recalled:

Seinfeld (1989-1998)


Are you an Elaine, Jerry, George, or Kramer? George was consistently my favorite; Kramer drove me nuts! I just would never be able to tolerate someone like that in my life, ha. But I probably identify most with Elaine, right? But not just because she's the only female.

Sex and the City (1998-2004)


Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, or Miranda? I didn't watch this show when it was on the air, but I've caught a few seasons here and there, since the reruns are a staple of cable TV. I have no idea which one of these ladies I identify with. In the end they all needed a man to be happy, and plenty of feminists have criticized the show for being anti-feminist. ha. well. whatever, it still fits my rule of four!

Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

this is one of my most favorite shows of all time. And I'm definitely the Susan of the bunch--a clumsy, naive, volvo driving mama. but im not a mama.


Southpark (1997-Current)


This is a foursome I find irresistible. I love this show. I hope it never ends.

I Love Lucy (1951-1960)

My mom's favorite

The New Girl (2011-Current)


MY favorite. find me a girl that doesnt want to be bffs with Zoey. This one hasn't been able to prove itself, yet. but i think it will last quite a while. I hope so, anyways. Its the best.

The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

Iconic!

Married with Children (1987-1997)


We weren't allowed to watch this trash, when I was a kid, haaa!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (forever!)


I'm sure I missed some. Let me know!