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View Poll Results: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?
TOS 43 40.57%
TNG 8 7.55%
DS9 44 41.51%
VOY 9 8.49%
ENT 2 1.89%
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Old March 2 2009, 05:27 AM   #1
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Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

Which series was best at utilizing comedy within its episodes?
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Old March 2 2009, 05:29 AM   #2
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

Easily TOS and DS9. The other shows could never quite pull off humor. Oftentimes it felt like they took themselves way too seriously.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:21 AM   #3
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

TOS was, IMHO, the only series that did comedy well, because the comedy grew out of the situations much more naturally than the others.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:45 AM   #4
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

A lot of the humor in TOS is lost on me seeing how I was born nearly 20 years after the show began airing.

That said, as far as modern Trek goes, DS9 easily had the most effective attempts at humor.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:53 AM   #5
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

Lateralus wrote: View Post
That said, as far as modern Trek goes, DS9 easily had the most effective attempts at humor.
I'll agree with that, they sometimes ATTEMPTED to be humorous. Whether or not they were is another matter...
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Old March 2 2009, 02:43 PM   #6
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

DS9. It was a darker series making the comedy that much more effective. The Enterprise would come a close second!
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Old March 2 2009, 02:55 PM   #7
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

tos was better at comedy the other series werent quite there though the funniest scene of trek was in ds9 when sisko hits q who says
"you hit me! picard never hit me"
"i'm not picard" replies sisko
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Old March 2 2009, 03:30 PM   #8
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

DS9. You can get a lot of humour out of the mundanity of going nowhere on a space station.

Galactic Squirral wrote: View Post
the funniest scene of trek was in ds9 when sisko hits q who says
"you hit me! picard never hit me"
"i'm not picard" replies sisko
I'll second that!
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

DS9 was the best at attempting humour followed by TOS, but the truth is that Star Trek was not very good at comedy in my own personal opinion. Stargate carried it off better.
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Old March 2 2009, 03:50 PM   #10
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

DS9 probably, followed by TOS.

I thought DS9 was particularly good at dark humour which often appeared in moments with Garak, for example, or between the likes of Weyoun and Damar.
It also managed to pull of some amazing stuff like "In the Cards" which is really, really funny but never once simply becomes a comedy. It manages to weave the funny and the serious stuff seamlessly.
There were also some great comedy episodes, I felt, such as "Take Me Out to the Holo-Suite". But there were also some that didn't do so well.

I think the characters were part of the reason why IMHO humour worked better on DS9 or TOS than on TNG, VOY or ENT. They weren't as 'perfect' as the characters on the other shows where humour would usually come off as pretty stiff, I think. Their imperfections allowed for more humour just like real people in the real world can be funny precisely because of their flaws.
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Old March 2 2009, 05:27 PM   #11
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Re: Which Star Trek series was best at comedy?

Justtoyourleft wrote: View Post
DS9 probably, followed by TOS.

I thought DS9 was particularly good at dark humour which often appeared in moments with Garak, for example, or between the likes of Weyoun and Damar.

I think the characters were part of the reason why IMHO humour worked better on DS9 or TOS than on TNG, VOY or ENT. They weren't as 'perfect' as the characters on the other shows where humour would usually come off as pretty stiff, I think. Their imperfections allowed for more humour just like real people in the real world can be funny precisely because of their flaws.
You READ my mind! It's a line or situation now and then that is funny in Trek. Especially the characters you mentioned, or sometimes when Spock is being excessively logical. Its "comedy" episodes don't make me laugh, though.

And I totally agree about the nonperfect characters in TOS and DS9.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:03 PM   #12
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The best comedy is TOS without a question.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:12 PM   #13
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Way of the Warrior is probably my most vivid memory so far, only b/c I rewatched it not too long ago. After our heroes rescue Dukat, he goes up to the bridge, only to find out that Sisko lost a bet to Dax. Out of all the chaos that's going on, the heavy and urgent tone throughout the two episodes, the two of them still manage to make fun of Dukat because, well, he's Dukat. I love it.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:49 PM   #14
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TOS and DS9 with TOS taking a slight win. I liked DS9s dark humor and its subtle jokes referencing past series that seemed fairly ubiquitous in the later seasons, but the HORRIBLE Ferengi episodes kill it for me.
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Old March 2 2009, 10:20 PM   #15
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Wow. I rank DS9 must lower than most.

1. TOS
2. ENT
3. TNG
4. DS9
5. VOY
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