Monday, July 14, 2008

One Rm, No Vu

In the comments the other day, we were discussing whether there was ever another sitcom more claustrophobic than "Barney Miller," which was for the most part confined to the squadroom, with occasional forays into Captain Miller's office. (The one exception offered was "The Honeymooners.")

It occurred to me that a show with a very similar setup was "Cheers," which took place almost exclusively in the barroom, with the occasional scene in Sam's office. The difference is that "Cheers" would embark on field trips once in a while to completely new settings, while after the first season, when Captain Miller's apartment was shown a few times, I don't think "Barney Miller" ever once left the second floor of the Twelfth Precinct.

5 comments:

Scraps said...

When you first posed the question I was going to offer Taxi, which (if I recall correctly) takes place almost entirely in the garage, but does have very occasional forays elsewhere (like a cab, or Alex's apartment).

MJN said...

I do recall an episode or two of "Barney Miller" that focused on Wojo's love life, set mostly in his apartment. No good purpose was served by those shows, like the annual Sally Rogers episodes on the "Dick Van Dyke" show.

Pike said...

"Herman's Head" was pretty claustrophobic. In a sense. Though I'm not sure of this, never having seen the show.

T. Nawrocki said...

Now that I think about it, I should have said "claustrophilic."

I never saw any scenes in Wojo's apartment. I literally can't imagine what that would be like.

Rick said...

Archie Bunker spent a lot of time in just 2 rooms