This is one of the best (which here means “most unquestionably hilarious”) shows ever.

SOAP chronicles the lives of two sisters and their respective mostly-adult families in the style of a satirical soap opera. It has everything you might expect of a crazed family comedy – sibling problems, in-law trouble, romantic entanglement, growing pains, et cetera. It also has the mob, a WWII veteran with access to explosives, a talking dummy, a transvestite, invisibility, and aliens.

…just kidding about the aliens. (OR AM I?)

Most importantly, it had phenomenal writing, even better characters, young Billy Crystal who is a) the most adorable thing on the planet and b) playing basically the first openly gay character on American television, and an entire cast of freaking BRILLIANT performers. How brilliant? This show was taped in front of a live audience. Yeah, that’s right, it’s not a laugh track you’re hearing. That is actual laughter. And the actors actually are that good.

If this show doesn’t make you laugh so hard you cry at least once by the third episode, you have no soul. If it doesn’t make you actually cry at least once by the end of the first season, you really have no soul.

I could try to list all my favorite things about this show and explain them to you. But I honestly don’t have the vocabulary. And besides, it is supremely self-evident. If you have ANY time this summer, make room for SOAP. It is fucking ingenious (and actually kind of revolutionary! in terms of content).

“I have one son who’s about to become my daughter, another son whom people are trying to kill, I have a lunatic stepson and a dummy living in my home and a husband who won’t make love to me. That’s not life, that’s something by Tennessee Williams!”

Confused? You won’t be after you watch SOAP.

(…that’s a lie. You will still be confused. But you will also be hunched over clutching a stitch in your side from laughing so hard.)

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  • Boycool  On June 24, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    Hilarious! I had a forced grin for a while there (straight, white sense of humor….), but I starting rolling on the floor at the end of episode 2.

    • Boycool  On June 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM

      Excuse me, I meant “started rolling”.

      • Boycool  On June 25, 2010 at 4:02 PM

        And, yes, young Billy Crystal is adorable.

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