Warning: this article contains some mild spoilers for “Forever.” “Forever,” a new Amazon original series which premiered Sept. 14, has a seriously funny pedigree. The series creators, Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, are veterans of acclaimed TV comedies — Yang co-created “Master of None,” Hubbard wrote for “30 Rock” and both worked on “Parks and Recreation.” “Forever” also stars Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, two “Saturday Night Live” alumni who are best known for broad, silly sketch comedy. With this kind of talent involved, one might expect “Forever” to be a fast-paced laugh fest. However, from the very first episode, “Forever” strikes an entirely different tone — in many respects, this show is no laughing matter. Like dozens of TV shows in the past decade, including several already covered in this series, “Forever” is best described as a “sadcom.” These shows balance comedy and drama, sometimes in the very same scene. They are often very funny, but they are interested in more than making the audience laugh — they adopt the rhythms of traditional sitcoms to tackle some very serious topics. Sadcoms tend to be some of the most interesting and inventive TV today, and at this point, they vary… Read full this story
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