Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998–2001)
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Traylor, Ryan and Richard are perfectly cast as Sharon, Berg and Pete and they all have a special chemistry that really comes across on screen.
This show has certain similarities with Seinfeld and Friends but the difference with 2 Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place it is so down to earth that the 3 actors make it funny instead of relying on a lot of celebrity cameos.
I can count on the fingers of one hand how many sitcoms have the same perfectly balanced character layout and genius comedy timing that this show has. Unfortuantely I would need more fingers than I currently own to count the number of sitcoms that are as funny and well timed as a bad car accident that have had longer runs (ie Friends, Third Rock, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, ect).
I must also stand up and salute Ryan Reynolds for being the best and funniest actor to come out of American network TV in many, many years.
Your initial reaction to this show is almost certainly going to be "Oh, God, not another rip off from 'Friends'. Don't let first impressions fool you, because Peter Dunville and Michael Bergen are funnier than Joey and Chandler will ever be. Traylor Howard manages to put up with stiff competition as well, as Sharon is the most beliveable female character in a sitcom in recent years.
If, in 10 years time, the staff writers of 'Friends' are walking around with signs around there neck saying 'Will write pilot for food' they can take a good look at TGAAG to see were they went wrong. Instead of having the old fashioned (and unfunny) 'What-if-two-of-the-main-characters-hook-up-after-three-seasons-of-sexual-te nsion' routine, the writers went for the novel idea of drafting in some new regulars to act as foils for the original three. Cue the "Two Girls and a Guy" trio of Ashley, Irene and Johnny. And a better balance of characters you could not hope to find. Where you have the cold hearted, snake tounged Ashley, you have the kindly, naive Pete. Where you have the cool headed Johnny, you have the hyperactive Sharon. Where you have the silly, stuttery Irene, you have the quick wittedness of Berg. All you have to then is think up good storylines and your made. Aren't you?
Er...no. Two Guys and A Girl sadly succumbed to the network mantra of: "This is good, lets cancel it." Full of good intentions, no sinister effort to cash in on anyone's misery. Just a story about some people living out there lives. Oh well.
At least we've still got quality sitcoms like um....Frie- no that sucks, er.....Drew Ca- no that sucks too. Well there's always....no, what about.....nah. We can always watch..............um.
Pete and Ashley's sarcastic remarks are the best. They made me watch each episode at least twice. Ryan Reynolds was great as Berg, I had a chance to see him in Van Wilder also and he didn't let me down.
I don't think that I will ever see a sitcom like that EVER. Thinking that it's canceled now just makes me sad.
It's fantastic! The Cast are brilliant, the writers are brilliant, the production team is brilliant!!! It has me in stitches all the time. I love the Halloween episodes. Actually, I love them all! I must have seen every one at least twice but I still love it. Should've gone on for longer, but as mentioned earlier, Fox suck....
Ok, I don't have any more to say but I need at least 10 lines to post the comment! So, er... It rules!! Everyone go and watch repeats!!! hehe! I want DVDs! Grrr....
There was a good balance between comedy and occasionally serious topics, but it never dragged.
This series being canceled was a travesty. As I recall it was moved around quite a bit schedule-wise, and as such it was difficult to find.
As a show it's much better than friends.
This is one show that seriously needs to be on DVD.
This show, this awesome, funny, clever, amazing show has been savagely butchered. Everyime I think about how ABC killed THE best comedy of recent times, I weep. Two Guys and A Girl becomes addictive, you need to see the characters and their hilarious lives! Berg is the best comic character created due to the immense talent of Ryan Reynolds, the interactions between all the charcters are just watchable.
Every show is unique, it's predictable, it's a bit like friends (Sharon is like Rachel) but it has key differences. The first series were funnier but the latter series (without the pizza place) were just as a good-there was a move towards more story then gags.
I could talk about this all day but i'll stop and leave you with some of my favourite bits:
When Berg gets Pete to lift the trash can over his head and then shouts, "yeah, look at me I'm so strong"
Pete to Ashley: " Ashley if your here, who's running hell"
"Ashley why you out here, shouldn't you be collecting the dalmations together!"
And Finally-- The Carmen Electra Episode-all of its funny but especially when Berg does his Christopher Walken voice
Although we all love "The Simpsons", "Friends", "Ally McBeal"... for different reasons, they have all been long-running shows and I for one, needed something new and fresh to watch.
2 guys and a girl, is hugely satisfying to watch because the 3 main characters are beautiful, without being plastic (the way they are becoming in Friends and Ally McBeal... no comment on The Simpsons), they are actually intelligent people... and even though it's not a comedy show leaning Frasier's approach... they are capable of intelligent thought... which is refreshing... I got tired of watching show after show of Ally McBeal where the court case was about someone who didn't believe in Santa, or in Christmas, or couldn't get a date from a match-making agency -please, give me a break!! Once is hysterical, the second time funny, the third boring and tired...
2 guys and a girl has a strong female lead who holds her own with the guys without losing femininity and the two guys are still very much guys, but who are in this stage of transitioning from a guy into a man... at times losing it like guys do, at times being restrained like a man should... but at all times, without fail, funny...
Clearly though it is Berg's character who delivers the funniest lines, not least because Ryan Reynolds as an actor has a knack for comic timing and also has a dream face and body so all the girls are just itching to hear him say something funny so we can giggle along with him.
As they say in Spain "Ole" to "Two guys and a girl", may you be on air for a long time and avoid that axe that Ally McBeal just got!
Ryan Reynolds is the awesome! (and so hot! especially in Blade Trinity!)
It is disappointing that this show is no longer running, however, should you get the chance to catch a re-run of the show, i suggest you do. It's highly entertaining, even after seeing the episode for the fifth time.
Ryan Reynolds was great, and the writers were terrific in giving him just that amount of screentime to make you want oh so much more. Suzanne Cryer was wonderful also, and I really hope she does something again soon. All of the long-time regulars were all great, and it was obviously a team effort that made this show work.
I loved this show, and I was very upset when I found out it was to be cancelled a few years ago. Although I understood why. I believe they had gotten new writers after like the second season...they tried to take it in directions it didn't want to go. Like the greats: (Seinfeld et al) choose a format and stick with it....and be wary of new regulars. The theme shows were funny, but there were probably a few too many of them. Here are my favorite episodes (check them out on WE during the week):
12 - "Two Guys, a Girl and Someone Better"; 21 - "Two Guys, a Girl and a Wedding"; 40 - "Sunday in the Apartment"; 49 - "The Monitor Story"; 72 - "I've Got a Secret" (also has outtakes at the end)