When I was a pre-teen, I really loved Cheers. Specifically, I loved the Sam and Diane dynamic in Cheers. In case you didn’t grow up in a household where Nick at Night ruled your evenings, Sam was a bartender. He was dumb as rock, but nice, and picked up a lot of women. Diane was a pseudo-intellectual waitress who wanted to be a poet/novelist. They sparred. They were in love. Basically every single episode consisted of her calling him a troglodyte, and him asking what a troglodyte was. At one point he read War and Peace to try to win her away from her college professor boyfriend. It was all very Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn with a relentless laugh track.
I spent my teen years trying really hard to recreate that dynamic. All I wanted was for some baseball player to read War and Peace for me.
Eventually I grew up, found a bar where, mercifully nobody knows my name, and realized that romantic comedy sitcoms do not translate well into real life.
But apparently, I’m not the only one who did this. According to a recent Daily Mail feature, 50% of people feel like romantic comedies have “ruined their view of an ideal relationship.”
One in four respondents in the Australian survey said they were now expected to know what their partner was thinking and one in five said their other half expects gifts and flowers ‘just because’.