Catch Up On TV You Might Have Missed: Getting On, Mom, and Benched

Pathos has been a tried and true American comedy staple for about as long as there has been American comedy, and runs the gamut from classic Looney Tunes cartoons to Richard Pryor to Louie. In the world of sitcoms, it has been a more hit or miss proposition. Some subjects have worked, like economic hardship (Good Times, Sanford and Son, Roseanne) or familial discord (The Honeymooners, Married With Children), but others, like substance abuse (The John Larroquette Show) death (Dead Like Me) and the horrors of the high school social pecking order (Freaks & Geeks) never caught on.  In...

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