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In anticipation of the long awaited return of Arrested Development, I began binge watching the hilarious series this past weekend. Though I am 10 years late, it is reassuring to know that the show has not yet gone out of favor in pop culture. From the barrage of memes of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney next to Gob Bluth’s running catch phrase “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” to the almost never ending memes of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” lyric pasted on images of the original woman everyone considered calling: Maeby Fünke (Alia Shawat). Though I am only one season in, I am more than obsessed and cannot wait to get home to watch season 2. As I finished the first DVD, though, it got me thinking about other iconic shows that are still relevant today.

Even after its season finale 15 years ago, Seinfeld is still probably the most quotes show to this day. Maybe it has something to do with living in New York City, but I find that I can reference the show at least 20 times a week.  Every morning I get a coffee at Crumbs Bakery and have to hold myself back from saying, “top of the muffin of to you,”
to the employees behind the counter. When I see my roommate, who is style challenged, I think about how recently he has adopted the George Costanza model for decision-making (i.e. whenever he likes an article of clothing, he puts it down and gets the exact opposite.) So far, it has actually worked! And just yesterday, he was complimented by one of the editors of Nylon magazine who attended our Cinco De Mayo party. I, for one, believe I am more like Jerry.  Though I will occasionally make bad purchases I always tend to make a few exceptional ones and thus always even out.

Yet another show that never feels like it has truly left, is Sex and in the City. Though I had not watched the series, my colleagues make references on a pretty regular basis. When talking about whether or not a relationship has gotten to the point where all romance has gone out the window, they turn to Miranda, who famously said, “I’m dating skid-marks guy. When your boyfriend is so comfortable that he cannot be bothered to wipe his butt, there’s a problem.” Or, when deciding between buying yet another pair of shoes, they think back to Carrie, “I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes.” Of course, this does not stop them from returning to Neiman Marcus to purchase the latest pair of Manolo Blahniks

Though still on the air, a show that is quickly becoming iconic is Parks and Recreation. “Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness” can be referenced in a myriad of situations ranging from deciding between romantic love or a haircut (haircut, of course) to the ever present debate of eating pig protein or having friends (pig protein, always wins). It is a show that has already brought us such great lines as “You had at me at Meat” to “That is Groffle, the awful waffle.” And not surprisingly, the show continues to be the source of a millions of hilarious memes.

It is for these shows that I love being a fan of TV. Of course, there are many others like Friends, 90210, The Simpsons, and Family Guy to name a few, and I would love to hear your thoughts about why you think they never seem to disappear. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and if you are nervous about writing a comment, just think about what Lucille Bluth would say, “I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense.”

The new season of Arrested Development premieres in less than 3 weeks! Which character from the hilarious series is your favorite?

David Cross as Dr. Tobias Fünke

Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth

Portia De Rossi as Lindsay Bluth Fünke

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