Series: $#*! My Dad Says
A sitcom on CBS starring William Shatner. It was based on the Twitter account @shitmydadsays, created by Justin Halpern and consisting of quotes from his real-life father, Sam.Officially stylized as $#*! My Dad Says and pronounced as Bleep My Dad Says.The show did not go over well with critics, to say the least. It has a 28 rating on Metacritic. It was cancelled after one season. It's pretty comparable with another similar flop, Living With Fran.
This show provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: From 67 tweets to a TV series.
- Advertising Campaigns: During the original airing of the show's pilot, special ads for the Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps - which would open the next day - were headlined "$#*! Gordon Gekko Says".
- Brick Joke: The sock in episode 3.
- Bland-Name Product: "The Hotcake Corral" (Golden Corral)
- Censored Title
- Driving Test: Part of the pilot's plot. 74-year-old Ed must pass or face five years without a license.
- Erotic Eating: ...The spaghetti...
- Expy: Ed is very similar to CBS's other crazy bastard, Arthur Spooner
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's probably the only show on television whose proper title is literally illegal to say on any of the stations it airs on. So they don't.
- I Should Write a Book About This: "Come on, Dad, it's not like I'm going to make a living writing down things you say!"
- Intentionally Awkward Title: The title starts with one of the Seven Dirty Words, making it problematic at best. It also created awkwardness for a less raunchy reason: Some viewers' DVR machines were unable to recognize the non-alphabetic characters in the Symbol Swearing title, making it impossible to find.
- Jerk Ass: Ed. And is really Playing Against Type and is kinda... off-putting.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But he has a rarely seen softer side.
- Large Ham: Amazingly subverted with Shatner, who's rather subdued on this show. Justin, on the other hand...
- Limited Wardrobe: Ed is often seen wearing a rifle green fishing vest.
- Naked People Are Funny: Henry sees Bonnie naked in "The Manly Thing to Do". Her reaction is an odd Dull Surprise.
- Pet the Dog: Played literally. We get to see Ed's soft side with Root Beer the dog. Initially he warns the dog he's not one to show affection but quickly becomes very attached to the dog. At one point he only visits Vince and his wife just to be around Root Beer.
- Rascally Raccoon: At 5 in the morning, Ed grabs a raccoon by the tail and swings it around and into his shed after it got into his garden cucumbers. The same raccoon becomes a Brick Joke late in te episode.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: "Easy, Writer" has Henry writing a story about Ed (albeit not a Twitter account).Henry: Dad, it was just one article! I'm not going to make a career out of quoting you.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Your Dogs" by Ben Folds.
- Running Gag: In episode 3, "...sooner, rather than later."
- Selective Squick: Parodied in-universe; Bonnie berates Ed for hitting on a scantly clad well endowed woman in which moments later she gleefully admires a young man's muscular abs.
- Symbol Swearing / Lucky Charms Title
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The driving force of the series (and twitter account).