I‘m always late to the party. Mostly because it takes so long to Facebook stalk my way into finding out where it is because I’m never invited. So even-though the Adult Swim short “Too many Cooks” came out back in 2014, I’m just getting to the party now in 2016. This skit is tailor made for a 90s kid like me. If your of a certain age the Friday nights of your youth were likely spent with your family, a pizza and the TV dial firmly planted to ABC’s TGIF. For me, those Friday nights watching the golden era of TGIF is the last time I can really remember laughing with my family at something other than our own misfortunes and eating Dominos Pizza without getting violent episodes of diarrhea.
I cant imagine being a kid today. Their world is booby-trapped with
awesome pornography dangerous digital distractions. The dinner table chatter now has text messages to compete with and gaming is so immersive that the idea of riding your bike to go try and catch a smile or two from a pretty girl seems almost like an ancient ritual. Yes, I spent a ton of my youth in front of a computer screen exploring Britannia, the Land of the Green Isles and the baby internet but the pixelated screen of my day were no where near as addictive as the many screens in the homes today. The idea that todays modern home is just a bunch of people plugged into the web in separate rooms who occasionally cross paths on the way to the bathroom or the fridge is kinda tragic. I know television of today is beautifully made and brilliantly written but the simple life stories and wholesome humor of the 90s Family Sitcom were like a warm blanket from the cold of adolescent life. The topical topical nature of the family unit was a perfect way for our family to discuss real life challenges of drugs, sexuality and annoying next door neighbors who occasionally change into their much sexier alter-egos.
This short, while obviously meant to be funny, gives me that bittersweet feeling that as a mainstream culture we’ve lost something special on Friday nights. “Too many Cooks” is a wonderful love letter to that time when a pizza, a few cheap laughs and your family was all you needed for a good time. They so perfectly nail the opening credits spirit of shows like Family Matters, Step by Step and Full House that it made me want to track down as many DVD and bootleg releases of the original line up that my humble hard drive could hold so that I could spend my Friday nights of 2016 with some old friends. TGIF.