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Физрук, Russian Humor and TV

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Journeys to Russia are long and boring, particularly if you can't sleep on planes like me. From Washington, DC the nonstop flight is over ten hours, and with a connection the flight time is much longer. During the last trip on Aeroflot, I was completely amused by the Russian TV show called "Физрук." I watched at least nine episodes of this comedy, and became fascinated by the interaction between the characters. The female teachers are completely objectified and sexualized in a much more overt way than on American TV comedies. Slaps on the ass and sexual comments are the norm in this show, perhaps it's my perverse mind but I find the misadventures of these teachers and students captivating. Completely mindless entertainment, but the rare instance where I actually understand Russian humor and jokes. Mostly I like the main female character - Sasha. She's exactly like me in high school. Smart, shy, cute but chubby, and completely inadequate with men. Do you know this show? Please tell me some other Russian comedies similar to this, so I can expand my knowledge of Russian TV when I want an escape from depressing world news, which is what I usually watch at home. Btw, I've noticed that a lot of cursing goes on in this show, is it typical for Russian TV? In the U.S, certain words are prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission on network programming (but not cable) - "fuck," "shit" and others. The comedian George Carlin has a famous sketch about this called "Seven Dirty Words." In general, I think you can learn a lot about a culture by watching its movies and TV programming, though such scenes are always an exaggeration of real life.

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real_marsel
May. 14th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
I adore it!!!
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
But I feel sorry for the girl, Sasha. Bad luck with the boys. :)
ms_sh
May. 14th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
you definitely should check out реальные пацаны )))))
http://rutube.ru/metainfo/tv/27/?ref=subs
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks! I'll check it out when I have time, but need to find subtitled versions.
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nikolka22
May. 14th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
интернов же смотреть надо. с бедным американским доктором ричардсом
maksipes
May. 14th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
I agree
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al_lex_ey
May. 14th, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)
she's exactly like me in high school. Smart, shy, cute ...

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...and moderate, pals, moderate of course!
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
Do you like this show?
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peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, another reader also recommended this show. :)
pin_gwin
May. 14th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
FYI
eTVnet could bring you what's on there first hand for $7 monthly. It runs though Roku, Android, iOS..... You will definitely like RTG, 365 as well as infamous RT and all sanctioned TV stars. There are huge on-demand archive of movies and shows.
Also - they are running all major American channels like Disney, Discovery, Nat Geo (translated, of course) and Euronews - in English sometimes. It may be good for language skills if you are interested in.
Personally, I am watching news mostly. I was trained by Soviet media, so I professionally distinguish propaganda accents from dry content.
Using their app on Android tablet makes it watchable from anywhere in my home and any location with internet coverage.
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: FYI
I get RT through my regular cable provider, Comcast (which I hate btw). It would be interesting to subscribe to eTVnet, but I will not understand any of these Russian shows if I watch without subtitles. My knowledge of the language is too weak, especially when native speakers are talking. :(
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cossache
May. 14th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
I agree with nikolka22, you should check out "Интерны". There even an american actor! Its like russian version of scrubs. But don't waste your time on realnie patsani. Its tv series about chavs which were aired for chavs.
I don't remember cursing moments from Физрук, but i may say that its forbidden to say any swear word on TV or radio.
I loved series "После школы". Its about school life. Its not an average one, so you may like it too :)

Edited at 2015-05-14 04:23 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't like "Scrubs," and never watched it much on American TV but it was popular. I've read about the American actor on the Russian version, very interesting!! Does he have an American accent, or he sounds Russian??
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dmitiry_s
May. 14th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
Does it translated on english? This movie has a very local humor and selfirony about 90th years. I'm not sure that movie can be completly understandable for foreigners.
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
The translation was good, I understood everything.
stzal
May. 14th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Try to lookup the "Осторожно модерн 2".
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
What is the theme of this show?
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a000796
May. 14th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
Физрук is made in order to let Nagiev play himself or rather his mass-media cliche. It's not about russian school, it's not about russian teachers, don't be confused :) There is nothing really to recommend from modern russian tv. Интерны was indeed quite ok, at least first few seasons. Clear mixture of ideas from Scrubs and Dr. House but with russia humor style.

Regarding "tw, I've noticed that a lot of cursing goes on in this show, is it typical for Russian TV? In the U.S, certain words are prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission on network programming (but not cable) - "fuck," "shit" and others. " - look toward british tv shows :) much less "politically correct" than american. "Coupling" - my favorite. Or the recent "Him and her" - simply awesome

Edited at 2015-05-14 04:34 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
House was one of the best shows ever on American TV! Completely engaging, intelligent and entertaining. I love Hugh Laurie, the actor who played the doctor. British humour is also unique and exaggerated. I love the classic comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" and many Americans are addicted to "Downtown Abbey," but I don't watch it.
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sancho571
May. 14th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)

Да есть такой сериал. Учит, как в жизни крутиться и вертеться, решая всякие задачи. Забавно, что вам понравилось.  Sorry, not speak English.

peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
It's okay! You can write me in Russian. I use online translators for words I don't understand. This show is very funny, I like it a lot! Do you watch any American shows?
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andrey_kaminsky
May. 14th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
Слышал, что фильм "Горько!" забавный, но сам его не смотр
Now you're a real fast typing, a post after the post blogger! Other bloggers have to congratulate you but they will not, because they are envious:)
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Слышал, что фильм "Горько!" забавный, но сам его не смо
Actually, I strongly dislike such bloggers posting 3 - 4 stories a day. It's too much!! But recently I've been very lazy, so it's necessary to make up for lost time and writing. :) What American shows do you watch, or you're an elitist intellectual snob who claims to watch no mindless TV?? :))
iiiko
May. 14th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
"Осторожно, модерн-2"
"Кухня"
"ЧОП"
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Привет, Спасибо!
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uniala
May. 14th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)

Did you see Comedy Woman show on TNT.

peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
It's an American or Russian show?
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fedli
May. 14th, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC)
Терпеть не могу этого мерзавца.
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks!
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