At one quarter English, it's barely enough to claim as part of my heritage. Not surprisingly, much of British culture and life is a mystery to me. My friends and colleagues, however, tell me that mysteries are what they do best. Alas, they were referring to British mystery TV series. OK, let's take a look!
For decades, Lucille Ball has held the title "The Queen of Comedy." She certainly earned it. Originally a mid-level movie star, Ball immediately became a fixture in the new medium of television. She starred in several immensely popular sitcoms (including the top-rated I Love Lucy) in a nearly uninterrupted run of twenty-three years. In the present day, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has also accumulated stellar credentials. Like Ball, she has starred in several popular sitcoms (including the top-rated Seinfeld) and her television career now spans a period of over thirty years. Ball's impressive and long-standing Emmy award records have now been surpassed by Louis-Dreyfus. Hmm, maybe it's time to crown a new queen.
Spoiler alert: Do NOT read this blog post if you haven't watched the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.
The mockumentary, a mix of parody and documentary, is a comedy style that dates at least as far back as the 1950s.