Still Standing: Still Holding
by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2005 8:40PM
I think that Still Standing - and this is a big statement, I know - is the most underrated sitcom on television right now. For some reason people assume that it's just another lame sitcom and they quickly lump it into the Listen Up/Yes, Dear category. It's actually quite funny, with some terrific one-liners and a great cast. Tonight was Typical Wacky Sitcom Chaos, as a teddy bear with pot inside is accidentally given to a doctor who is heading a toy drive. Sure, we've seen it before, but there are so many cutting lines and witty asides going back and forth that we realize that plot is the least unimportant of aspect of storytelling. Bill and Judy try to explain to daughter Lauren that they smoked pot in high school, and Lauren said she already knew that because Bill still wears a t-shirt that says "Doobie University Rolling Team." And I laughed out loud when they finally got into the kid's room to look for the bear with a drug-sniffing dog (it's a long story), only to discover about 400 other bears on the shelves, and the little girl learns a new word, which she starts to sing over and over: "bong, bong, bong, bong, bong, bong, bong!" The B-plot has Brian helping Linda sell her old car she's named Mr. Puff-n-Chug. I guess there was a "puffing" theme to tonight's episode.