What’s In a Name? Everything



Over the last year or two, there has been a trend in the world of television where a show’s title often could double as its description in TV Guide, like Dancing With the Stars, Skating With Celebrities, Real Housewives of Orange County, How I Met Your Mother. (Seems like Hollywood also likes this idea if Snakes on a Plane is any indication.)

It used to be that you had to actually watch something to know what it’s about, but not anymore, and that’s appropriate for this fast-paced world of ours. But I have to wonder if some of the best shows of all time would have survived had their titles told us more about the show….

  • Comedian Eating at a Coffee Shop With Friends (Seinfeld)
  • Laughing at Borderline Spousal Abuse (I Love Lucy)
  • Joking While Performing Surgery During the Korean War  (M*A*S*H*)
  • Watching a Bigot Complain and Belittle His Wife (All in the Family)
  • Making the Best of a Nazi Prison Camp (Hogan’s Heroes)
  • Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza…never mind
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