I haven’t paid much attention to the animated sitcom, and today, I’d like to change that. The animated sitcom functions in many of the same ways that a live action does. The lessons they teach and the cultural representations they portray are similar to their live action counterparts. The biggest difference between the two styles of sitcom is the exaggeration of characters. Animated sitcom characters tend to be more archetypal than their live action counterparts. Continue reading The Animated Sitcom
Sitcoms have been around for over 60 years, and if there’s one thing that has remained tried and true, it’s the building of a sitcom around a family. However, the families we used to see, and the families on air now aren’t exactly the same as they once were. We’ll be taking a look at how the sitcom family has changed over the years and what has remained the same. Continue reading The Evolution of the Sitcom Family
With the announcement of the final season of “Parks and Recreation” beginning this January, NBC prepares to say goodbye to not only a critically acclaimed sitcom but also an era of NBC comedy all together. Continue reading The End of NBC’s Last Big Comedy: Parks and Recreation
Another holiday means another set of sitcom specials! Let’s take a look at some episodes that have been received as the cream of the cornucopia.
Continue reading Thanksgiving Specials
Or should I say cases? Many of us remember Bill Cosby as the goofy father Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” But with the resurfacing of allegations of sexual assault against Mr. Cosby, the most difficult part of being a fan of a celebrity and/or his/her character is reconciling the idea that an actor is not the character he or she plays on television.
Continue reading The Cosby Case
“Mary Kay and Johnny”
It was the name of the game, and even the name of the writers/actors. “Mary Kay and Johnny” was the first American sitcom, airing in 1947 (the first sitcom ever was Pinwright’s Progress, which aired in Britain in 1946), and it, much like many sitcoms, broke barriers beyond simply being the first televised sitcom, including being filmed in front of a live audience, showing a married couple sharing the same bed, and showing a pregnant woman on television. But I’d like us to keep in mind that these had broader implications than just defining the show itself. Breaking barriers established a precedent for future sitcoms to come.
Continue reading Hello Mother, Hello Father: A Look at America’s First Sitcom
Think back a long time ago to a channel far, far away.
Think TV Land but to a time when those shows were on a primetime lineup. What always comes to my mind first is the ideal, middle-class family, and every episode, that family experiences some hiccup that is pithily resolved over the course of 30 minutes. Though there are many sitcoms airing that reflect America’s societal values in this same way, the families, the values, and the hiccups have changed in tandem with our society. Continue reading The Sitcom and You: A Reflective History
Sitcoms, being ingrained in our culture, take part in celebrating America’s favorite holidays, so in honor of the season’s festivities, here’s a few Halloween specials that stand out as some of the best of the best. Continue reading Halloween Specials
We’re stepping back into the 21st century for a bit for the next Show of the Week. The title says it all. This week I’m dedicating a whopping 400 words to “Parks and Recreation.”
Let’s talk politics, shall we?
Continue reading Show of the Week: Parks and Recreation
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Any millennials a little fuzzy on what was popular in the late 80s and early 90s?
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Continue reading Show of the Week: Full House