Honestly, I'm surprised it managed to be as light-hearted as it was. Given the situation, I would have expected to see a lot of suicides and mental breakdowns.
Actually that's exactly the point. Those who didn't "take a break" and crack a joke here and there and find some joy through all that and find a way to acclimate to the horrible climate, would
be committing suicide and having mental breakdowns. The ones who remained functional couldn't do so without taking mental relief, they wouldn't be able to function as they were portrayed for so many years
One Day I hope to be the Man my Cat thinks I am
Where are we going? And why are we in this Handbasket?