The form is so elemental, so basic, that we have difficulty imagining a time before it existed: a single set, fixed cameras, canned laughter, zany sidekicks, quirky family antics. Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed.In thi...
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (March 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
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Sitcom is an odd but entertaining semi-history of the Situation Comedy. I say odd because each chapter is supposed to focus on a single episode of each of 24 classic sit-coms, but the attention span is erratic. Sometimes it does explore that episod...
an watch the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from Lucy to The Phil Silvers Show; from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show; from M*A*S*H to Taxi; from Cheers to Roseanne; from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm; and from The Larry Sanders Show to 30 Rock.In twenty-four episodes, Sitcom surveys the history of the form, and functions as both a TV mixtape of fondly remembered shows that will guide us to notable series and larger trends, and a carefully curated guided tour through the history of one of our most treasured art forms.