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Top 10 Shows with the Best Cutaway Gags

not all of the gags are relevant but
that doesn’t mean we don’t love them
welcome to a gags as the
movie she’d released in her secret life
as a studio executive was losing money
but maybe had a way to fix that before
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this list we’re looking at shows that
regularly cut away from the action for a
gag these can be flashbacks or imaginary
sequences as long as they take us away
from the narrative only to put us right
back in number 10 The Simpsons though
it’s not commonly associated with
cutaway gags The Simpsons still employs
the trope every now and then sorry it
isn’t cost egos I swipe the cinder
blocks from a construction site sir six
cinder blocks are missing there’ll be no
hospital then I’ll tell the children
with a world as bizarre as the one Matt
graining built there’s no shortage of
random flashbacks or goings-on to cut to
when Homer dives into a non sequitur
mm convenient and let’s be honest who
isn’t tickled whenever a Springfield
side character gets a moment in the Sun
this is very little meeting these Jim
Matt the show tended to use the cutaway
gags more in earlier seasons before
another animated Fox sitcom came around
and took over the trope which we’ll get
to a little later number 9
new girl the shared history of new girls
quirky friends provides plenty of
context for funny cutaways doesn’t
listen to us anymore
she’s not coming back what makes these
cutaways great is that they give us
either more insight into the main
characters or just a fun bit of
silliness making us laugh either way the
rest of us have to keep it together all
the generationally angry
365 days a year today talking about the
cast performances and commitment to
there’s a ninis can inject a welcome and
surprising burst of energy into an
otherwise slow scene introducing a
uniquely comedic pace to the episodes
did you just say that cats are obsessed
with your nipples I’ve told you this
story before in a TV landscape heavily
saturated with Network sitcoms new girls
cutaways helped it stand out number 8
big mouth a show about kids going
through puberty has to tackle their
hormonal thoughts one way or another
being gay can be bloody brilliant
how so Freddie Mercury naturally Netflix
is big mouth found a funny and
subversive way to approach this what’s
distich female eating janitor stuffs
bathroom Oh for these kids what they’re
going through can feel like climbing
Mount Everest and on one occasion the
show makes just that comparison boys I
made it it’s it’s beautiful up here I
wish you could see it over you reach the
highest peak in our grade as one of the
racier shows on this list there are a
lot of cutaways that we really can’t
show here
boy like meaningless angelahr Oh take
our word for it though this one is worth
your time if you’re old enough to enjoy
number seven How I Met Your Mother the
unique format of How I Met Your Mother
allows it to play with time in a way
that few other shows can I can’t teach
you anything as Ted tells the story of
how he met his children’s mother were
treated to scenes that show us not only
his future but also his past as well as
that of his friends if you ever need a
wingman I’m your guy
yeah I’m not gonna go through that again
hi Barney Stinson and I’m Marshall
Barney’s wingman we’re able to recognize
these as natural situations that the
show’s lovable but absurd characters
would actually find themselves in and we
have to admit here at WatchMojo we are
suckers for all the references to Robins
number six
Bojack horseman one of the best things
about Bojack is the wonderfully weird
world of builds which humans and animals
cohabit using cutaways the writers
ingeniously fill out this world and the
characters that live within it
you set up with your actions what
actions oh look at that baby isn’t he
the cutest baby you ever saw no in
addition to being hysterical without
interrupting the show’s cast they help
us understand the characters and some of
their wacky ER quirks see that’s the
problem with all your ideas they don’t
have ground floors finally a Halloween
store for the rest of hello some of them
also establish a sense of congruence by
calling back to characters events or
storylines from previous episodes how
about a new show where celebrities try
to guess whether or not people have
talent will air it three nights a week
what makes them so great is how many
ways they can bolster the story being
told without detracting from it so he
didn’t tell you everything did he tell
you about the time I counted to a
million one two three four five no stop
just get into the good part
what seven number five Brooklyn
nine-nine the antics of Jake Peralta and
the other detectives of the nine-nine
have made for one of the best network
comedies of the decade the squad is what
made me decide to become a detective and
it was my first book report the
detectives wiped the mobsters blood off
their boots and found this scag with a
comic momentum that could give you
whiplash the show is able to easily jump
from one moment to another but never
allows any of them to feel rushed I need
help on this I asked Boyle and he was
useless what a baby Jake what are you
waiting for there’s no shortage of
among the cast endearing us to each
personalized joke at least he doesn’t
practice his crane kicks with you
Oh said not to move I can’t move
Ensemble comedies are at their best when
they know how to best utilize their
characters and their relationships and
no one gets the short end of the stick
here number 4 Arrested Development
the fly-on-the-wall semi mockumentary
style of Arrested Development open the
door for the format’s of later
single-camera sitcoms it also allowed
for some of the best use of cutaway gags
on television if you’re saying I play
favorites you’re wrong I love all my
children equally I don’t care if in show
what makes these so unique is that they
cut away to various different media
including photos newspaper articles and
historical footage Jack dorso first
achieved success in the 40s as a co-star
of the radio and then film serial red
McGibbon and bullet Nazi hunters they
also often last for much longer than
cutaways in most shows in doing so they
serve to flesh out the world of the
series and also to establish the
episodes plot points in a brilliantly
seamless way time focused on your looks
a little bit more time focused on your
daughter okay her grades are terrible
she’s gonna start getting FS actually
she’d already gotten one as the movie
she’d released in her secret life as a
studio executive was losing money number
scrubs unlike the rest of these shows
scrubs cutaway gags all have one basis
JD’s fantasies because if she’s joking
as a low-ranking nurse working at Sacred
Heart Hospital he frequently escapes
into his daydreams his imagination tends
to run wild which serves to put the
other characters in outlandish
situations that the show wouldn’t
otherwise be able to pull off she’ll
come around
pretzel it adds to the show’s sublime
slapstick humor and gives it a
one-of-a-kind comic identity few shows
on this list are able to integrate their
cutaway soul intrinsically into a
central character and they’re one of the
biggest reasons we love the show and its
protagonists I’m sorry what’s up what’s
happening with the other number 230 rock
Tina Fey’s Emmy winning sitcom about the
production of a sketch comedy series is
notorious for subverting sitcom
conventions most notably its ingenious
cutaways managed to be both ludicrously
amusing and strangely effective from a
storytelling perspective I was part of a
special task force of very young-looking
cops who went full trader high schools
how do you do fellow kids what the crew
was so committed to their gags that
multiple days would go towards the
production of scenes that lasted only
seconds but it was always worth it and
routines like werewolf bar mitzvahs
still managed to crack us up my goal
record from that novel tea party song a
live episode even managed to use a julia
louis-dreyfus cameo to keep the trophy
live yeah
chai boy get in here you’ll never be
Amelie now it all just goes to show
their commitment to the craft before we
unveil our number one pick here are some
you’re not working from home again on my
father hate it when my mother went into
business Boris out I know it’s January
sir but candy corn is not just my
Halloween anymore
she ran up the phone bill you put my
father to work put together yourself
what size shoe you will but we loved
what do you I like skinny white boys I
like your haircut oh thank you for
noticing yeah I had them take up a
little extra off the wrists and since
when do you carry a switchblade it’s a
long story mother neat well not so much
long as just not very interesting number
one Family Guy
no one should really be surprised at our
choice for number one I got that
commercial try it again
I’m caca for cocoa puffs oh damn it take
26 Family Guy is the show that
popularized the trope of the cutaway gag
I guess I’ll see if I can get my old gig
back selling butt scratches at the
ballpark what scratch a butt scratcher
your butt scratcher here even though it
isn’t the first show to employ them can
you really say you think of any other
show first when the term is brought up
oh this is an even bigger jackpot than
when the Emperor figured out the formula
for great Star Wars dialogue something
something something dark side it even
continued in its spin-off series The
Cleveland Show and to a lesser extent
creator Seth MacFarlane’s other series
American Dad oh we just signed a
contract with Ikea to furnish Iraq
basically the whole country is gonna
look like your first apartment it feets
without a heap twenty-something
lifestyle given their frequency everyone
who’s seen the show has one or two gags
that will never fail to get a laugh no
matter how many times we’re reminded of
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