HeWolf Posted April 30, 2012 Posted April 30, 2012 Do characters in a sitcom need to change, grow or evolve? Numerous posters (myself included) have commented on the changes to Sheldon. Some see the changes as positive, while others say it is making him less enjoyable. Not as funny. Without taking a position on the pros or cons of the â€˜newâ€™ Sheldon versus the old, I wish to pose the question. Is the change truly necessary? Having given several moments of contemplation to this idea I am not sure I see the necessity for Sheldon to change in any way. The character from the first season was hilarious and he continued to be so up until the end of season three. That is when we were introduced to Amy and Sheldon truly began to exhibit personal growth. In previous posts I have stated it is not those changes that I find less enjoyable. My dislike for Sheldon 2.0 is the tied more to the way Jim is playing the character than to his evolving attitudes about certain aspects of life. So, in determining for myself whether or not change is necessary for a sitcom character I decide to peruse my personal memory banks for classic sitcom characters and try to recall if they, during the run of their shows ever showed any significant change. My list and conclusions are as follows. I donâ€™t know how familiar some of these characters will be to non-US forum members and apologize for any you find obscure. The list: Character -- Show -- Change? Barney Fife -- The Andy Griffith Show -- No Lucy -- I Love Lucy -- No Mork -- Mork and Mindy -- Yes Jack Tripper -- Threes Company -- No Fred Sanford -- Sanford and Son -- No Archie Bunker -- All in the Family -- Yes Hawkeye Pierce -- M*A*S*H -- Yes George Jefferson -- The Jeffersons -- No J.J. Evans -- Good Times -- No Steve Urkel -- Family Matters -- No Jerry Seinfeld -- Seinfeld -- No Elaine Benes -- Seinfeld -- No Cosmo Kramer -- Seinfeld -- No George Costanza -- Seinfeld -- No Edmund Blackadder -- Blackadder -- No I am sure there are many other examples people can put forth. My memory is not what it used to be and so Iâ€™m sure my list if flawed. But this is what comes to mind. Many of them did not change over their time on television, and my memory indicates that the ones that did actually resulted in the character losing its edge. The more human the writers made Mork the less funny he became. Archie Bunker mellowed a lot in his later years and became much less enjoyable. Only Hawkeye Pierce remained enjoyable to me through the final episode of M*A*S*H. So, after examining my list, I believe an argument could be made that Sheldon could remain consistent and unchanged without losing his comedic appeal. And, that there is a real danger of his losing that appeal the more they try to â€˜normalizeâ€™ him. Just my opinion and I am sure many will have a contrary viewpoint and maybe a list of your own. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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