The beauty of the show was that it was indeed a surreal fantasy, grounded in the warm relationship between the leads ("I love her, that's why.") Nothing felt real except for that relationship, but that was enough to keep me watching. To address a raging argument from another thread, Burns and Allen stood apart because it was neither showing life as it was nor life as it should be. By marrying very old vaudeville and radio traditions to innovative television possibilities, Burns and Allen created an alternate model for television comedy and, although it took a while, it became one of the medium's most influential shows. Funny, too.