“Smells Like Teen Spirit“, the 90′s grunge anthem that launched the band Nirvana into super-stardom and disaffected teens everywhere for the better part of a decade, is, naturally, being turned into a family friendly sitcom on CBS. The show has been sold by one of the writer/producer’s from The Big Bang Theory, David Goetsch. From the Hollywood Reporter:
“The multicamera comedy revolves around an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents.”
Right about now is where I’d insert an inappropriate joke about the drastic action Kurt Cobain might take upon hearing this. As one of MamaPop’s intrepid reporters, I tried to reach out to Courtney Love on the phone for comment, in order to get her reaction to CBS’ plans. After letting her know about the show, Love went on the record with:
“You bitch! Everyone think Kurt cause drugs and lady parts. I’m gonna Larry Flynt. (Police sirens off in distance) (Flush) (Dial tone)”
All kidding aside, I had no idea we were all on board for looking back on grunge with sitcom nostalgia. Grunge was an era that I never thought would be attributed to wacky sitcom parent stereotypes. Maybe this is what people who were teens in the 50′s felt like when Happy Days came out. Honestly there’s only one show that has any business mining laughs out of people still living in the 90′s and that show is Portlandia.
Anyway, since all you need to do to sell a show to CBS is to take a familiar title, erase and and all reference to the song other than the title, and then slap a generic CBS sitcom plot chock full of broad stereotypes and sexual innuendos on it, I thought I’d preemptively pitch a couple of more shows based on grunge hits of the 90′s. If any of these get picked up, I promise to fly you all in as part of a live studio audience.
Black Hole Sun
Plot: Astronaut Buzz Trevor has a problem: A sentient black hole named Skip has followed him home from his last mission and now he’s got to hide him in the attic from his family! But will Buzz start treating this anomaly more like a Black Hole Son?
Starring: Tim Allen and the voice of some kid from the Disney channel
Catchphrase: I just want to wash away all the rain!
Plot: Slackers Angus and Porkrind just can’t get a job in the town of Longview. But what happens when their new social worker is also an ex-Army drill instructor? Uh-oh! I know all sorts of things are going to start losing their fun!
Starring: Sean William Scott, Breckin Meyer, and R. Lee Ermey.
Catchphrase: Id’ like to say how lazy you are, but we’re in mixed company!
Man in the Box
Plot: The Amazing Archibald used to be the world’s greatest magician until he got stuck in his greatest illusion, the Pharaoh’s Box. Now he’s a stay at home Dad while his wife goes back to work as a successful lawyer. Can you be a good Dad and Husband while you’re trapped in a box?!
Starring: Ed O’Neil and Kirstie Alley
Catchphrase: That’s not the only box he’s got problems with….
Plot: No one is crazy about their neighbors, but what happens when your average suburban family finds themselves in a neighborhood full of Furries? WACKINESS!!! THAT’S WHAT!!!
Starring: Patrick Dempsey as Tobias the Tit Mouse.
Catchphrase: One of these days, Carla the Unicorn! Bang, zoom!
Plot: Jeremy Van Crump is nothing but trouble. He’s always getting in trouble in school and hes got bully troubles left and right! But what happens, after one schoolroom fight, when a sassy judge literally attaches Jeremy to one of his bullies at the hip for an entire school year?
Starring: Nolan Gould
Catchphrase: Well, he seemed a harmless little f%$&.!
Well what do you think? Bad sitcom idea or worst sitcom idea? Know of any Grunge hits that would make for a CBS sitcom? Leave them in our comments box below!