The Dinette Set by Julie Larson

The Dinette Set

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  1. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    If they don’t know the right answer then how do they know who got closest?

  2. mikie2

    mikie2 GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    This group is satisfied, nay, joyous in their ignorance. They’ve even developed a workaround for it. And it doesn’t bother them one bit.

  3. MeGoNow

    MeGoNow said, 3 days ago

    Well, of course they have to guess. All the slogan questions have to do with major brands. And the only products they buy have slogans like “Product of Bangladesh”, “Packaging Printed in USA”, “Some Settling May Occur”, “2% Real Fruit”, or “Open Other End.”
    The closest they come to not guessing is with some imported products they have bought at Dollar Do Ya:
    The box their Panasunnic electric blanket came in does indeed say “Ideas for Life.” And Joy wishes she could remember if her Oil of Okay has a slogan. But she does remember that her favorite dollar store purchase, S&M Candy “Melts in You Mouth.”
    Oops. I see Ma feels bad again about not knowing any answers, and she’s set off her Life Alert to break up the game. Might have worked if Burl hadn’t switched it out for their old garage door opener.
    Chess for 7 people does help occupy the evenings when they find nothing is on TV but those ethnic shows where the don’t get the jokes. It’s fun. Burl always insists on being the horseys. They pick tokens alphabetically, and Verla has to draw last, so she always gets stuck being those Catholic guys. Jerry, of course, picks the queens. They generally quickly get bored with it, so it doesn’t last long. Doesn’t matter much, because they use Dollar Store Gubby Bears for chips, and after 15 minutes, no one has any left. They did finish one game, though. Burl won with a full house. The chess board gets pride of place in the Penny’s foyer where it can be seen by anyone who comes to the door. They like to encourage others to the more intellectual pursuits.

  4. Dave Baugh

    Dave Baugh GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    I do like the key rack being out of reach so Ma can’t get her car keys.

  5. crabbear

    crabbear said, 2 days ago

    MeGoNow—you sure do have a severe case of "diarrhea of the mouth!!

  6. avatr

    avatr said, 2 days ago

    crabbear – that’s funny….and sad…. and true

  7. MeGoNow

    MeGoNow said, 2 days ago

    No problem. I’m getting bored with it, anyway.
    And I think The Dinette Set folks are best taken in the snapshot bites of a one and sometimes two-frame strip. They’re really not made for much else. They’re neither so ignorant and selfish as to be dangerous, and they never do anything nice enough or brave enough to mitigate.
    They are not The Simpsons. Burl is never kind or in any way really wise. Joy isn’t trying to be better. Timmy is neither bad nor a budding genius. There’s no tension to sustain interest for more than a few moments, and I was trying to make them interesting, but there’s nothing there to get traction.
    But they have their place. If nothing else, they remind us that, no matter how bad your life is, it’s someone else’s fairy tale.

  8. wondering 3

    wondering 3 said, 2 days ago

    I did not know that they had a “Grandpa” I am guessing he’s Burls dad? (Who would claim any of them anyway)
    Where is Patty? She is the smart one so I guess they didn’t want to show her up… Or loose all their hoho’s

  9. dheine1971

    dheine1971 GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    The final Dinette Set comic strip ever.

  10. finale

    finale said, 2 days ago


    The Final Countdown?

  11. jpres

    jpres GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    Great run here, Julie.
    This was always one of my favorites…so sad to see you retire.
    Thanks for the laughs…
    In the final episode, Jer should have had his neighbors shave his back…………..

  12. Lassie1

    Lassie1 said, 2 days ago


    I’ve known people EXACTLY like this. They are self-satisfied and happy with their lives, never a nagging feeling they are dumb-azzes, never thinking ’there’s a whole world outside these 4 walls’. Happy and secure in their own little circle. I envy their simple lives, how they go through their days humming, content with Ding Dongs and their own company.

  13. Lassie1

    Lassie1 said, 2 days ago

    @Dave Baugh

    Hopefully Ma hasn’t had her car keys in years. Is that car up on blocks somewhere, while they wait for it to turn into a collector’s dream? Or did they put their feeble minds together and sell it for $500 ?

  14. Majyck Toad

    Majyck Toad said, 2 days ago

    fair winds and following seas, julie

  15. orbenjawell

    orbenjawell said, 2 days ago


    Careful, Care Bear!! I still think MGN’s capable of producing a screenplay for a motion picture based on this strip. Be nice, and you may get a cameo appearance in the film………

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