The Big Felafel


A Green Light for ‘Ramzor’- A Must Watch Sitcom and Ulpan!

With Srugim winding down its super depressing season (writers, what the hell happened, not only do I feel sick when I watch the show, I don’t want to be friends with any of them, being religious looks like the worse life decision anyone could make- marriage seems like a death trap- and still not a single Anglo character), I have found a new show to love and one that makes me laugh.

Ramzor (Traffic Light), an Israeli sitcom, focuses around three 30-something male characters living in Giv’atayim (near Tel Aviv). While I enjoy the characters, a family man, the ‘living-together’ guy and the bachelor who is a bachelor all the way, it turns out that according to Wikipedia each relationship represents a color of the traffic light, hence the sitcom’s name. The family man, Itzko, is the red light since he is married with a seven-year-old daughter. Amir, the ‘live-together’ guy is the yellow light because he lives with his girlfriend, and of course that leaves the bachelor, Hefer to be the green light because he has no partner and is free to go. However you put it, the show is damn funny and a great ulpan tool for those of us that want to embrace Israeli culture and slang.

The shows are a smart funny and very similar to the current hit in America, ‘Modern Family’. The stories revolve around humorous concepts like an old woman taking over a swimming lane, the friend that only calls you when he walks his dog, getting a housekeeper who ends up making you work for your money and a dog therapist. The characters are all kooky. I personally enjoy Amir (that’s the live-together guy) the most, who is a private show choreographer. Basically he goes to companies and teaches their workers a dance which is themed around their type of work. He deals with the strangest people and yet loves his job and makes the musical numbers work! He alone is worth watching for a half-hour. There is also Itzko’s wife, Lilach, who oddly enough is also the wife on Srugim, yet plays a completely different character on this show. Here she is a self-absorbed journalist who always has the phone by her ear and is ready for her Pulitzer. Her relationship, if you want to call it that, with her husband is more like a great bickering match and makes for good TV. Hefer gives the show its dirtier moments and thus the sitcom has a little something for everyone.

Actor Adir Miller, who plays Amir the ‘live-together’ guy is also the show’s creator and can now add businessman to that list since selling the show to Fox in America. The US version will be written by Bob Fisher who was the executive story editor for “Married with Children.” The series is set to start this Fall.

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Best and Worst of 2007: the big felafel style

BEST WORST
Olmert getting rid of that nasty nasty comb over Olmert still in Office
Free television online at alluc.org Television tax that only some people receive even if you don’t own a tv.
The Facebook Song Annapolis
The dollar losing value The dollar losing value
Discovering the show Israelim Discovering they cancelled Israelim but you can still watch it online
50 shekel boots Raising the prices of milk,flour and the shuk salatim
Marzipan’s Ice cafe for NIS 5 stays the same price and stays the whole year- no more waiting for summer! Getting my first crown through health insurance
Finding out about Brooklyn Bakery where they serve real muffins and donuts Conda-poo-poo coming here almost every two weeks
Seinfeld coming to Israel Teachers Protest and University Professors Protest
Getting rid of CNN Getting rid of CNN and keeping FOX
Realizing I can take a Sherut instead of a bus The lines wherever you go
Pomegrantes in the Fall Having my bicylce stolen
Learning that you do your grocery shopping online the gyms in Jerusalem (I’m from LA- there is no comparing)
Pesach Rap video The continous Jerusalem construction of new homes no one here can afford
Hannukah Parody video Shmita

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