Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for July 25, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  12 months ago

    And 10 years later, every person above 13 will be a videographer.

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    codycab  12 months ago

    I think Calvin would also enjoy “Cheaters”. Say what you will, I like it cuz it’s a nice reminder to never date, wed and have a family.

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    Robert4170  12 months ago

    I hate “reality TV”.

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    minty_Joe  12 months ago

    Calvin must’ve been watching “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. Ugh!

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    californiamonty  12 months ago

    From Heinliein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), “Humor is something bad that happens to someone else.” ~Valentine Michael Smith.

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    DaveG1960  12 months ago

    “Smile, you’re on candid camera” was the slogan of a show in the ’60’s…..

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    Baarorso  12 months ago

    I think it was Charlie Chaplin who said that, “Comedy is when other people step on that banana peel and tragedy is when you step on that banana peel.” ;/

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    paulscon  12 months ago

    Calvin is wise beyond his years. “Intrusion exploitation and voyeurism all in one” (Waterson) Nailed it!

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    French Persons Premium Member 12 months ago

    And keep in mind that this comic was drawn years before there were cameras on every phone.

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    Ermine Notyours  12 months ago

    In a few years, there really would be a reality show named “Big Brother”.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member 12 months ago

    Calvin is precisely at the level of maturity targeted by reality TV.

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    rshive  12 months ago

    Calvin speaks truth.

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    saylorgirl  12 months ago

    Calvin is wise beyond his years.

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    PoochFan  12 months ago

    We do, too, which is why we like comics.

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    Jabroniville Premium Member 12 months ago

    Reality TV wasn’t even really a thing back when this was written- I’m wondering what it’s specifically referring to! I guess “MTV’s The Real World” was around.

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    Guy from southern Indiana  12 months ago

    Calvin must be referring to “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. I’ve only seen it once. The studio audience falling out of their chairs, rollicking with laughter at the sight of others getting hurt. Not for me. Although I do enjoy watching “motorcycle wheelie fails” on the You Tube. Hee, hee!

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    JohnCL  12 months ago

    For once, Calvin is right.

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    flemmingo  12 months ago

    State Farm canceled our home insurance because they supposedly sent a drone over our house and said our roof needed replacing. Talk about invasion of privacy. What if we were sunbathing in the nude or some other private personal thing?

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    jagedlo  12 months ago

    Little did Watterson know…

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    Skippy the Magnificent  12 months ago

    It’s been 1984 for a while now and only getting worse by the day.

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    MS72  12 months ago

    I’d love to have a Snickers.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 12 months ago

    The Count ❤️s it when Calvin channels Rat from “Pearls Before Swine”.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 12 months ago

    schadenfreude shäd′n-froi″də noun Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else’s misfortune. Delight in another person’s misfortune.

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    chuckcork1  12 months ago

    If there is an unintentional irony to this particular strip, this was before social media existed.It’s now at least an order of magnitude worse.

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    mepowell  12 months ago

    Anyone remember Candid Camera?

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    aerotica69  12 months ago

    Just wait, Calvin – you’re going to love the Exploitation Channels……er, I mean TLC and Bravo and ID and all those other channels I skip past on my way to Turner Classic Movies.

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    dlkrueger33  12 months ago

    Candid Camera began all of this “America’s Funniest Home Videos” stuff.

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    mckeonfuneralhomebx  12 months ago

    Think of all the cops that are famous now because of Afroman!!! With out that raid, their lives would have been meaningless, now they will go down in infamy!

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    g04922  12 months ago

    Yep… a sadist is being developed by reality TV.

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    cosman  12 months ago

    Watching folk’s schadenfreude on tv..better them than..

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    Mediatech  12 months ago

    Schadenfreude rides again.

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    hoffquotes2  12 months ago

    Sometimes things never change

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    Craig Bobchin Premium Member 12 months ago

    Imagine his reaction to today’s society with Instagram, Tik-Tok, FB reels etc…. He’d be in heaven.

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    phredturner  12 months ago

    When the dumbing down of America really accelerated

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    The Karmic Cheese Wheel   12 months ago

    Something tragically wrong with the business model when the lowest common denominator equals the highest possible ratings and profits.

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    kendavis09  12 months ago

    Funniest Home Videos is mostly people crashing and almost getting killed or hurt bad. I always wonder, what’s the funny part?

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    KEA  12 months ago

    Everything has become entertainment; it’s kinda disgusting.

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    patrickab7  12 months ago

    Still topical.

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    wiley207  12 months ago

    Calvin would probably be a fan of modern reality shows.

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    Mary Ellen  12 months ago

    I can’t watch stuff like that anymore. Even America’s Funniest Home Videos is just mean pranks now.

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    mindjob  12 months ago

    None of the would have happened without the advent of cable tv. They had to fill the time with reality shows and never ending news

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    txmystic  12 months ago

    This 4-panel comic from the ’90s encapsulates so much of the prevalent social media/“reality” entertainment media that exists today…30 years ahead of time…

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    Malph  12 months ago

    Calvin is still relevant and timely these many years later.

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    ladykat  12 months ago

    Calvin, you are shaping up to be a nice little sadist.

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    Silence Dogood Premium Member 12 months ago

    Schadenfreude defined…

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    ArcticFox Premium Member 12 months ago

    …..that’s ‘scripted and choreographed’ tradegies.

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    Angry Indeed Premium Member 12 months ago

    Calvin’s greatest wish is to grow up to be a Psychologist, ha ha.

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    phoenixnyc  12 months ago

    Wait until the next step, Calvin—when you forget they’re people! I once had a guy try to tell me about how much he liked the characters on Survivor.

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    Bruce388  12 months ago

    There’s always a market for humiliation.

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    John Jorgensen  12 months ago

    Well this turned out to be a prescient strip, huh?

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    mountainclimber  12 months ago

    the Germans have a word for this: schadenfreude

    the pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.

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    Izzy Moreno  12 months ago

    Every 10 year cycle makes Calvin & Hobbes less and less funny, and more and more worrying.

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    Sir Davecelot  12 months ago

    I watched the show once. I was not amused.

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    Jesse Atwell creator 12 months ago

    I LOVE the way the TV bounces in the first panel. Glorious!

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    Night-Gaunt49[Bozo is Boffo]  12 months ago

    They kid is ideal material for a super villain.

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