But some were somewhat laudable, such as "The Flintstones"--the first primetime animated sitcom, essentially an affectionate spoof of "The Honeymooners" Other minor studios like Jay Ward Productions developed shows such as "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," whose sneakily witty dialogue and over the-top social send-ups
presaged the smarts of later shows designed to appeal to mature audiences.
I'm not sure where things are going when we start getting send-ups
of a send-up
, but while it's not likely to win any awards for originality, it's sure to make you laugh somewhere along the line.
While there was a vogue for sly, big-screen send-ups
of cheesy TV shows a few years back (see Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch, The Dukes of Hazzard) that time has surely passed.
LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department) teamed with Dutch group Wunderbaum to create Hospital, in which disturbing realities of health care are treated via send-ups
of TV drama.
The latest film in the franchise has the usual send-ups
, this time including "Mama", "Sinister," and "Black Swan".
But he's always going to be a poet first and foremost to local audiences, who well-remember his hilarious send-ups
of office life and karaoke bars, as well as his sparer, more delicate writings.
A lesser painter would, with this approach, produce ironic "modernist" send-ups
or archly clever designs.
The rest are Britten's sly send-ups
of classic English-village types, including the harrumphing Police Superintendent Budd (Giles Tomkins).
Glamorous Francine wowed the audience and got four yesses from judges Cowell, 53, David Walliams, Amanda Holden, both 41, and Alesha Dixon, 34, with her send-ups
of Amy Childs and Cheryl Cole.
The Prime Time presenter has praised the send-ups
as "genuinely funny".
For Thanos Karampatsos and Christina Kotsilelou, the partners in Athens-based Greece is for Lovers, product design is the perfect vehicle for exploring their country's history and culture with elaborate, insider send-ups
created as tongue-in-cheek merchandise.
Two of the best are send-ups
of Come Dine With Me and Embarrassing Bodies but there's also a great relationship counsellor whose way with a catchphrase could make her the next Vicky Pollard.
Gaines and editor-writer Harvey Kurtzman, MAD evolved from stories spoofing its owners' stable of horror comics to a broader range of send-ups
lampooning American culture, celebrities and politics.
The humor of the Martha Graham send-ups
and vaudevillian sketches felt dated, despite the dancers' best efforts.