Fascht e Familie (1995)

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Considered the first Swiss situation comedy, this series represents a Renaissance for Swiss television. Recycling bits and pieces of American sitcoms from the 1970s, Fascht e Familie concerns a group of residents at a boarding house. The landlady, Tante Martha, is obsessed with all things esoteric. Flip is an attractive loafer who spends his days writing slogans for custom T-shirts; Hans is a wannabe actor with a taste for dressing up in bizarre costumes; and Vreni is a young woman on the lookout for the perfect man. Together they help one another through life's little ups and downs, sharing a few laughs along the way. While production values ran low (the sets often look like they're made out of cardboard) and while the comedy writing left lots to be desired, Swiss audiences fell in love with the show. It made a national star out of actor Martin Schenkel (Flip) and spawned a string of future sitcoms at SFDRS, the Swiss national broadcasting system.