At the 1992 festival, Mike Judge premiered Frog Baseball, his first Beavis And Butthead cartoon. Their championing of Judge's work is a big reason the show got picked up by MTV, and thus why Mike Judge has a career that gave us King of the Hill, Office Space, and countless other properties that make us laugh uncomfortably.
But it doesn't stop there. The creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Hey Arnold!, Powerpuff Girls, and South Park were all either featured, inspired, or funded by Spike and Mike. Depending on how you feel about libertarian fourth-graders and chickens with Mel Gibson's voice, you may assign credit or blame accordingly.
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Karl Freund Is Responsible For How All Sitcoms Look
Most sitcoms all look the same -- the lighting, the camera angles, the eerily shining teeth gnashing in every shadow. (You guys see those too, right?) And that's actually by design, because no one has found a better way to film a sitcom since the 1950s. That's how well Karl Freund, the cinematographer of I Love Lucy, nailed it.
What made Lucy unique, and what so many sitcoms have imitated since, was the three-point camera technique. Filming a sitcom with one camera, though not without its advantages, is a pain in the ass. For every angle you need to capture, you have to set up the shot all over again; otherwise, you're going to have some very pissed-off actors demanding to know why they look bad in half the shots. Freund found that by washing out the whole set in bright overhead lights, everyone gets the "good light," so you can use three different cameras to film three different angles at the same time.
CBSEasier to act, easier to shoot. Everybody wins. (Except for the actors' retinas.)