When it comes to classic TV, most shows will have hilarious recurring themes and rarities that will get us excited when we see them. Whether it’s the Angry Chicken or Nightman that drives you to binge watch TV, that’s your business, but we’ve got the best recurring themes of television right here for you to indulge in. If this doesn’t make you want to Netflix and chill immediately, well friend, I’m afraid you’re dead inside.
“Seinfeld” – “Rochelle Rochelle”
Aside from Kramer’s classic entrances, this tale of “a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk” was a great recurring, made-up synopsis everyone on “Seinfeld” seemed very aware of. It was playing in the theaters in the early seasons but became a passing topic of conversation again and again.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – Group Theatrics
Nothing is better than a handful of bar-owning alcoholics indulging their inner thespians, as the group has been known to perform a cappella versions of Boyz II Men in hospitals, wrestle veterans as “Birds of War,” host school plays and even perform obscene skits in their own bar. Our favorite recurring theme, however, is easily Dayman/Nightman, for he cometh once in a blue moon.
“Family Guy” – Angry Chicken
After 14 seasons, many viewers are just hanging on to watching the Griffin family for just one more episode (and then another) in hopes of catching a showdown between Peter and Angry Chicken. Over the years, they’ve gotten pretty clever with the setup, which always end in an elaborate throwing of fists, a truly gory fight for a cartoon until one is beaten to a pulp, always the chicken, who always returns for another ass kicking.
“Trailer Park Boys” – Shirtless Randy & Lahey Shitisms
Outside of Roman Cokes, piss jugs and cheeseburgers parties, this white trash park party was under constant shirtless surveillance by Randy, occasionally joined by his crush, Jim Lahey. And nobody in this incessantly disobedient shit hole is more fun to pick on than the shirtless sidekick of an alcoholic trailer park supervisor.
“The Office” – The Jim/Dwight Prank War
Early on, the NBC mockumentary was focused primarily on a few things: Steve Carell being a terrible boss, Jim and Pam’s flirting and Dwight’s rivalry with Halpert. What started with playful jello molds eventually grew into elaborate pranks in which Pam would eventually join Team Jim in playing a part against Dwight.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” – Leon as Larry’s Vulgar Wingman
We were going to say Larry’s unadulterated apologies were our favorite recurring theme, but when Leon started squatting on Larry’s cushy life in season six, we were sold. Leon, in not so many clean words, broke it down for Larry when he was in a bind and taught him how to “step inside that ass.” There is no doubt Leon was a player, but even better, he was a mentor of getting laid to the old Jewish guy.
“Parks & Recreation” – Jean Ralphio’s Terrible Singing
Once the show was on a roll, it started introducing small, classic recurring characters like Jam, Bobby Newport and, of course, Jean Ralphio and his annoying sister. But the best part of any Jean Ralph moment was when he sang his thoughts, sometimes harmonizing with his audibly tormenting sister, Mona Lisa Saperstein, played by Jenny Slate.
“King of Queens” – Self-Inflicted Fat Jokes
Anybody who ever watched Kevin James and Leah Remini play house in the Queens comedy saw a number of fat jokes hurled at James. That being said, James was the one usually making the constant references to food, lack of fitness and an overall lackluster, pear-shaped body dysmorphia.
“Arrested Development” – Family Dysfunction
Between Buster’s childish obsession with his mother, Gob’s, inability to do anything correctly and Tobias’ constant identity crises, the family was chock-full of dysfunction. On top of that, they come from a higher dysfunction in parents, one embezzler and one manipulating matriarch. Nothing was more dysfunctional than watching George Michael (Michael Cera) talk to his cousin crush.
“Breaking Bad” – Walt Whitman Moments
The only thing truly hilarious here is how this poetic, sometimes sincere, theme came full circle in the end to Hank Schrader about the true identity of his brother-in-law, Walter White (W.W.)… on the shitter.
10 HILARIOUS RECURRING THEMES & RARITIES IN CLASSIC TV SHOWS