The American sitcom is in serious peril. These days, you can't make a joke or a statement without somehow offending someone, somewhere. Here's an inoffensive joke for you: a person of undetermined height, weight, age, ethnicity, sex, sexual preference, religion, species, and political standpoint walks into an establishment. The end. Ooo, that's a gut buster, isn't it?!
Recently I was lucky enough to finally find and watch all thirteen episodes that were created of a little television show that you may or may not have heard of. Work It was a sitcom that was announced in 2012 about two out-of-luck guys just looking to live the American dream; to dress in drag! No, not really, they just wanted to find work, and during the time it aired, it touched on that very real subject of the dried up job market. Yes, it sounds unbelievable and silly, but that was all part of its charm. Only two episodes were aired in the U.S. before it was yanked off the lineup due to people bitching and moaning that it was way too offensive.
Another factor in the early termination of this show was a line said by the actor, Amaury Nolasco, whose character is Puerto Rican and makes the comment that due to his race, he is good at selling drugs. This complaint actually holds a little more grounds for cancellation, but this dialogue could have been cut and the show could then have gone on.
Is the show slightly offensive? Sure, but as with any form of comedy, no harm is meant. This was a silly show that was not intended to be taken seriously. They just wanted to entertain you, make you laugh, and forget about the personal troubles in your own little world. In my opinion, the most offensive subject matter in the entire thing was the way office women were portrayed, but from my experience, it was also pretty accurate.
This show was hilarious. It had some really great writing with the set-ups of the jokes, the one-liners, and the witty zingers. The characters were also well written, varied greatly from person to person, and were brought to life by some very talented actors. I was very impressed in particular with the main character's wife, played by Beth Lacke. I think she really stood out in her performance and I loved that she wasn't the generic housewife character with minimal supporting interaction. I think she had some of the better and more intelligent lines!
Underneath the pantyhose facade, it was a fun and very entertaining show at its core. It was witty, silly, and smart, like the good ol' days of sitcoms from previous decades that I miss dearly. People really need to lighten up and learn how to laugh not only with others, but at themselves as well. It's a shame that we will never get to see how this little story would've evolved and concluded. All because of bored and easily offended people that chose to file formal complaints instead of just turning the channel. This is why we can't have nice things!
So, in honor of this series that brought me great joy and belly laughs, I give you links to all thirteen episodes streaming online. A lot of series don't even get the chance to make it this far in these days of overly sensitive busybodies. Please note that an ad blocker or pop-up stopper is highly recommended! Use these sites with your own caution! I am NOT responsible for these sites, your usage of them, or any consequences that may derive from clicking these links.
I hope you remember how to laugh.