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Greg: "You wanna have children?" Dharma: "Yeah, unless you wanna have 'em!"
Freewheeling, eccentric nymph Dharma and laid-back, sensible lawyer Greg meet one morning, fall in love and marry later that afternoon. The rest of the show centers on this mismatched relationship, the wackiness of Dharma's (and now Greg's) life, and the reluctant attempts by Dharma's hippie parents and Greg's rich WASPish parents to get along.Ran for five seasons (1997-2002), and was especially successful in its first three, but also critically divisive. Whether you responded to it or not depended on whether you thought Jenna Elfman's kooky antics were charmingly silly or hopelessly contrived. Dharma and her family believe in every possible aspect of several new age belief systems, bordering on Fantasy Kitchen Sink. Actor Thomas Gibson had little impact on the critical reception, since 99% of his job was playing the straight man to everybody else in the show — after the pilot, Greg instantly loses most of his quirky personality.Years after the show ended, the couple had a cameo on Two and a Half Men, bitter and on the brink of divorce. Given the amount of episode plots revolving around the couple role-playing in public, this should be taken with a grain of salt.Also featured the Chuck Lorre Vanity Plates, which can be found on ChuckLorre.com
Artistic License – Linguistics: In one episode, Dharma and a teenaged guest pretend to be German tourists who can't speak or understand English. Anyone who tries to talk to them gets a response in gibberish. Finally, a saleswoman says, in real German, "Kann ich dir helfen?", meaning "Can I help you?" There are two mistakes here. Firstly, she is speaking informal German, which is only used with children, family, and very close friends — never with a customer. Secondly, she is using the singular form of "you" when talking to two people. What she should have said is, "Kann ich Ihnen helfen?"
Beta Couple: Jane and Pete, though their six-week marriage was a Pair the Spares moment due to not wanting to be alone on Valentine's Day. The Montgomeries and Finkelsteins also fit this trope from time to time.
Dead Air: Happens when Dharma creates a pirate radio station. She gets into an argument with Greg for several seconds before realizing she's left dead air and panics, bringing out all the instruments she has on the table.
Which creates a Celebrity Paradox on that show since in a previous episode Charlie happenend upon an episode of D&G on late night tv.
Garfunkel: Thomas Gibson. The show's draw is Hilarity Ensues, which leaves little room for The Straight Man to get much focus. Though Greg was not without his quirks, most episodes centering on his problems were overshadowed either by Dharma's reaction, a demonstration of how his parents messed him up in this particular instance, and sometimes even the B-plot of an episode. Ouch.
Green-Eyed Monster: Kitty invokes this in Edward to restart their love life in "The Tooth is Out There" by bribing the valet to flirt with her.
Hippie Van: Dharma's old-school hippie-parents have a VW van, which is usually either broken down or in the process of breaking down.
Inter-Class Romance: Dharma and Greg have a lot of similarity to the story type, but it's actually an aversion in that, though Dharma's parents live the hippy lifestyle, they aren't doing that badly for themselves financially.
Put on a Bus: Jane disappears after a single appearance in the fifth season.
Running Gag: Larry's short term memory, specially when calling or answering the phone. Also, when someone steps out in the Filkenstein's yard, they are warned to watch out because their goat's been sick.