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Revived Whose Line... a Hit, But Something's Missing

Whose Line is it Anyway

Hearing screams coming from my mother's apartment, her neighbor ran down the hall and banged on her door.

My mom answered, reassured her pal that everything was fine -- and quickly got rid of her.

Her show was on!

My mother wasn't being raped or murdered or anything, just laughing at one of her favorite TV programs (and mine): the "old" Whose Line Is It Anyway?

That is, the American improv comedy series hosted by Drew Carey that aired for nine seasons starting in 1998.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? was one of those British television imports-adaptations (like All in the Family and Chico and the Man) that surpassed the original.

Improv purists won't agree.

(Hell, they hate pretty much everything.)

For them, Whose Line...? is to "real" long form improv what the Partridge Family were to the Beatles.

For the rest of us, though, it was appointment television.

Few shows have ever made me laugh so hard.