Last night NBC premiered a new sitcom called 100 Questions which is predictably terrible and also offensively derivative. The show, about a group of urban friends, brings together elements of every sitcom you've ever seen.
The problems begin right at the beginning: the show is about a young woman, Charlotte, and her search for love told through the prism of a hundred question survey given to her by a dating service, kind of like that episode of How I Met Your Mother when Ted did the exact same thing. Each question in the survey kicks off a memory of a specific time or date or whatever, allowing for flashbacks and disjointed narrative, like LOST crossed with a commercial for eHarmony.
Charlotte of course has a nice collection of wacky friends, drawn in equal measure from HIMYM and Friends. We've got the ditzy blonde, Phoebe-like character and the uptight Monica-type. The male contingency is strikingly similar to Chandler and Joey - one is successful and snarky, the other is smooth and dim. In this scene, we get an updated version of the classic Joey "how you doin'?" bit:
And here's where the teacher and the lawyer flirt with each other, because they're also based on Lily and Marshall.
By the way, the pilot's inciting incident is when Charlotte turns a guy's proposal down - which is similar to Rachel leaving Barry at the alter in the pilot of Friends and the "back in the dating world" premise of the short-lived early Aughts NBC sitcom Leap of Faith. It also brought to mind the classic College Humor "Yankee Stadium" prank, but inverted.
Making sure not to leave anyone out, 100 Questions also copies a classic Seinfeld moment. While sitting at their Coupling-like bar hangout, the dim guy is forced to use an awkward sentence to pick up a girl, in order to prove something about delivery over content (just like the show, I guess), and it mimics closely when George picks up Victoria at Monk's in the Opposite by telling her that he's unemployed and lives with his parents.
And, of course, the show ends with a moment of tenderness between Charlotte and the dim guy, obviously her true love, completely reminiscent of the Rachel-Joey relationship that was the focus of the final seasons of Friends.