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Which classic sitcom would make the best pinball theme?


By westofrome

2 years ago



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    Topic poll

    “Which classic sitcom would make the best pinball theme?”

    • Cheers 16 votes
      8%
    • Seinfeld 68 votes
      33%
    • The Office 11 votes
      5%
    • Big Bang Theory 16 votes
      8%
    • Arrested Development 7 votes
      3%
    • Friends 2 votes
      1%
    • Happy Days 20 votes
      10%
    • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 18 votes
      9%
    • Other 47 votes
      23%

    (205 votes)

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    #101 2 years ago

    I see lots of risk with the prooosed pin titles in the poll. Maybe Cheers could work or the Fonz could carry Happy Days, I don’t know. If made, I can’t imagine any of these sitting in my game room. Television shows made into pins over the past 10-15 years have been very hit or miss.

    - TSPP & GoT did well.
    - CSI & 24 did not (though pinball was down in general when these were released).
    - I liked Sopranos but I don’t know how well it sold.

    I know the samples above aren’t all comedies, but I don’t think that necessarily matters. Now, go grab some real nostalgia like BM66 and Munsters and they’ll probably sell well. Choosing among these would probably be a tough decision for the pin makers.

    #102 2 years ago
    Quoted from taz:

    I see lots of risk with the prooosed pin titles in the poll. Maybe Cheers could work or the Fonz could carry Happy Days, I don’t know. If made, I can’t imagine any of these sitting in my game room. Television shows made into pins over the past 10-15 years have been very hit or miss.
    - TSPP & GoT did well.
    - CSI & 24 did not (though pinball was down in general when these were released).
    - I liked Sopranos but I don’t know how well it sold.
    I know the samples above aren’t all comedies, but I don’t think that necessarily matters. Now, go grab some real nostalgia like BM66 and Munsters and they’ll probably sell well. Choosing among these would probably be a tough decision for the pin makers.

    CSI and 24 were just bad pins, IMO. Not fun and boring to play. I walked away from 24 at PAGG after being held captive by ball 1 for like 30 minutes and not having any fun while not being able to lose the ball. Bad pins are bad pins, even a great theme can't rescue a bad pin. BUT a great pin can rescue a weak theme.

    #103 2 years ago
    Quoted from Eightball88:

    Has anybody mentioned MASH? Helicopter toy!

    When you play so many times the character (Hawkeye, BJ, Frank, etc.) in the machine will drop out and get to go home.

    #104 2 years ago

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    #105 2 years ago
    Quoted from taz:

    I see lots of risk with the prooosed pin titles in the poll. Maybe Cheers could work or the Fonz could carry Happy Days, I don’t know. If made, I can’t imagine any of these sitting in my game room. Television shows made into pins over the past 10-15 years have been very hit or miss.
    - TSPP & GoT did well.
    - CSI & 24 did not (though pinball was down in general when these were released).
    - I liked Sopranos but I don’t know how well it sold.
    I know the samples above aren’t all comedies, but I don’t think that necessarily matters. Now, go grab some real nostalgia like BM66 and Munsters and they’ll probably sell well. Choosing among these would probably be a tough decision for the pin makers.

    Maybe, just maybe this was a light hearted look at shows we enjoyed in the past and aren't 100 percent serious that Stern should get started on them this week.

    #106 2 years ago

    Don't know if you got it in the U. S., but my vote is for The Young Ones. Funny characters crazy situations and excellent music. Would want stern to get the rights and jjp to make it.

    #107 2 years ago

    Honeymooners would need an Alice bash toy of course.

    #108 2 years ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    The Munsters, most of those 70s-90s sit coms didn't age well

    Have you tried to binge watch Munsters, Get Smart, or Lost In Space? I found them all extremely repetitive. Loved all of them in reruns but couldn't watch more than a couple episodes in a row back-to-back.

    #110 2 years ago

    Is the Fall Guy a sitcom?

    How about That's Incredible? I think Fran Tarkenton is still alive.

    #111 2 years ago
    Quoted from screaminr:

    Don't know if you got it in the U. S., but my vote is for The Young Ones. Funny characters crazy situations and excellent music. Would want stern to get the rights and jjp to make it.

    Yes we did! They used to play it on MTV and did reruns on Comedy Central. Fantastic show and I agree it would make a great pin! It's a shame Rik Mayall passed away recently.

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    #112 2 years ago

    Another "not a sit com vote". There is a really cool Smoky and the Bandit one off thread here. I think that you could have some pretty cool stuff.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/smokey-and-the-bandit-retheme-1

    #114 2 years ago

    Small Wonder?

    #115 2 years ago
    Quoted from Travish:

    Another "not a sit com vote". There is a really cool Smoky and the Bandit one off thread here. I think that you could have some pretty cool stuff.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/smokey-and-the-bandit-retheme-1

    Goddamn that wasn't even a TV show!

    For best sitcom theme I'd like to nominate Annie the Musical.

    #116 2 years ago

    This exists? I have to find a copy on amazon

    My choices:

    Seinfeld
    Munsters
    Odd Couple (one of the most quotable shows ever)
    Get Smart

    #117 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Goddamn that wasn't even a TV show!
    For best sitcom theme I'd like to nominate Annie the Musical.

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    #118 2 years ago

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    #119 2 years ago

    As soon as they do a Pinside sitcom. We need the pin !

    LTG : )

    #120 2 years ago

    I liked “VICI” but couldn’t stand the boy, Jamie, or the next door neighbor and her daughter.

    #121 2 years ago

    Mary Tyler Moore!

    #122 2 years ago

    Sitcom = situation comedy tv series.

    And since obviously some of you can't think further back than the 80s, I present Sledge Hammer!

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    #123 2 years ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    Cheers is basically about a guy sexually harassing his female employees trying to get them to give in to sex.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that. (If it's okay to apply a Seinfeld quote in reference to Cheers.)

    And thinking about sitcoms and sex - what about a pin based on the British TV series Coupling?

    #124 2 years ago

    And where the heck is The Jack Benny Program in the poll? That Rochester was hilarious!

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    #125 2 years ago

    The British series Coupling was pretty funny. I’m not sure how well it would translate to a pin, though.

    So my vote goes to H.R. Puffnstuff!!

    #126 2 years ago

    This thread is as much a trip down memory lane of some of my favorite shows from back in the day as anything else. Ah, Nostalgia.
    My nominations might not be sit-coms but they definitely had their funny moments.

    How about a MacGyver Pin -- playfield toys made out of paper clips, bubble gum, and household chemicals.

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    I also enjoyed Quantum Leap quite a bit. A lot could be done with the time travel/sci-fi nature of things.

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    #127 2 years ago

    Golden Girls

    Married with Children

    and not a sitcom but ... COPS

    #128 2 years ago

    The Outer Limits.

    #129 2 years ago
    Quoted from albummydavis:

    This exists? I have to find a copy on amazon
    My choices:
    Seinfeld
    Munsters
    Odd Couple (one of the most quotable shows ever)
    Get Smart

    ‘Get a life’ Google a few segments on YouTube. Only tv show I’ve ever recorded/set an alarm to watch.
    Only lasted a couple years so what do I know

    #130 2 years ago
    Quoted from presqueisle:

    ‘Get a life’

    I watched that. Who can ever forget a show that used "Billy Don't be a Hero" as a theme song.

    #131 2 years ago

    Spewwy could be a target/bash toy.

    #132 2 years ago

    Ones I haven’t seen posted yet:

    WKRP in Cincinnati
    Brady Bunch
    Benny Hill.
    Partridge Family

    One I thought of first when I saw the topic: Threes Company Not sure why but it was my first thought

    #133 2 years ago

    How about "Leave It To Beaver"?

    Possible rule could be to spell out B-E-A-V-E-R.

    Audio callout could be something like, "Make the Beaver shot".

    #134 2 years ago

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    #135 2 years ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    How about "Leave It To Beaver"?
    Possible rule could be to spell out B-E-A-V-E-R.
    Audio callout could be something like, "Make the Beaver shot".

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    #136 2 years ago
    Quoted from PinMagnet:

    Greatest American Hero

    They're rebooting this show. With a woman.

    #137 2 years ago

    Malcolm in the middle. I can already hear those funny callouts. Angry Lois, Stupid Hal ^^

    #138 2 years ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    They're rebooting this show. With a woman.

    Great just like the last ghost busters. (that's a sarcastic great)

    #139 2 years ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    How about "Leave It To Beaver"?
    Possible rule could be to spell out B-E-A-V-E-R.
    Audio callout could be something like, "Make the Beaver shot".

    You always could retheme a Eager Beaver into a more personal EM pinball machine.

    #140 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I watched that. Who can ever forget a show that used "Billy Don't be a Hero" as a theme song.

    If my memory serves, the theme song to Get a Life was Stand by R.E.M.

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    #141 2 years ago

    +1 for Cheers. A classic sitcom. And that theme song...fantastic.

    #142 2 years ago

    "An American Family" - sure, it's not a traditional comedy, but the joke sure was on them.

    #143 2 years ago

    Dukes of Hazzard might be cool?

    Would love Seinfeld or Arrested Development-my two favorite shows, but not sure on how it would convert into a pinball machine. Two shows about nothing with ridiculous plots

    GOT, CSI, 24, Sopranos all have plot lines to follow objectives.

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    #144 2 years ago

    I know, I know!

    The Bob Newhart Show

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    Mr Herd bash target: "Sorry! Sorry!"
    Ganderfeather Clock Chaos

    #145 2 years ago

    I personally would prefer an Always Sunny pin, but if I were a manufacturer I would put my money on Seinfeld, so thats how I voted.

    #146 2 years ago

    Classic Sitcom. Need I say anything more?

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    #147 2 years ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    I know, I know!
    The Bob Newhart Show
    Group In Session multiball!
    Mr Herd bash target: "Sorry! Sorry!"
    Ganderfeather Clock Chaos

    Bob Newhart would be interesting as a linked pin that went through his three shows, then looped around to the original in the final wizard mode. Larry, Darryl, and Darryl multiball would be fun, too.

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    #148 2 years ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    Classic Sitcom. Need I say anything more?

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