14 of the Funniest (and Dumbest) Running Gags in Sitcom History
Much like every marathon starts with a single step, every running gag starts with a single gag. The question is… Will they finish the race? The hilarious ones run right through the finish line and — like Forrest Gump — they just keep running. You read that in his voice, didn’t you? Michael Scott delivered his last “That’s what she said” in The Office finale on May 16, 2013. All these years later, we’re still on our knees, begging for more. Don’t worry, we won’t waste your time by adding that to the list. We know you’re all aware of “That’s what she said.” Uncontacted tribesmen in the Amazon are aware of “That’s what she said.”
Even eye-roll inducing running gags must have been funny at some point, or no one would have thought to make more. So what happened? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it stumbled, or even veered off the path into full blown annoyance. All we know is that at some point in time, we had enough, and sadly had no way of helping their sitcoms get it back on track. In the name of balance, here are 7 of the funniest and 7 of the dumbest running gags in sitcom history.