I’ve been maintaining that there needs to be an academia sitcom for years. You have an excuse to make all your characters twentysomethings built right in, and you can start your viewpoint characters in first years with a bunch of people brought in from all over the country. There’s endless comedy potential in the stress and the wacky ways people act as they react to teaching. There’s an endless parade of professors with varying pet projects and obsessions and bitter rivalries to use for background. It’s like getting to use all the tropes from college shows you could possibly want, except you get to use real grown adults for your characters and they have salaries and everything. Plus depending on what you have them researching, you can put them in wacky outfits, with masks and gowns and everything.
I mean, PhDComics is awesome—imagine that, but in good sitcom format. The Big Bang Theory totally does not count, because most of the humor in that show last time I watched it was based on making fun of geeks, and also jesus Christ there is no reason to make everyone prodigies if you want twentysomethings when you could have them be grad students.
Not to mention that science is just plain weird sometimes. Like the time my boss bought me a toy robot marketed for children for work reasons. Or the time that I spent weeks trying to track down a fifty year old paper on the relative composition of milks of every species imaginable. Or the time my building turned out to have a homeless lady living in one of the floors. Or the time my PI made me pack my cornstarch powder into lots of tiny clear microcentrifuge vials in preparation for going to the field, and I had to carry the bag of them past his office twice before he realized that it looked exactly like I was trying to smuggle cocaine in the most inept way imaginable. Or the time that—
Well, anyway, science puts you in the weirdest situations sometimes. I’m pretty sure that would be easy to mine for sitcom material.