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Sitcom by Saul Austerlitz

Title Sitcom
Author Saul Austerlitz
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release Date 2014-03-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781613743874
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 this book we can 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. Each sitcom episode is a self-enclosed world, a brief overturning of the established order of its universe before returning to the precise spot from which it had begun. 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. Saul Austerlitz is the author of Another Fine Mess: A History of the American Film Comedy, named by Booklist as one of the ten best arts books of 2010, and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes. His work has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and elsewhere.

Critiquing The Sitcom by Joanne Morreale

Title Critiquing the Sitcom
Author Joanne Morreale
Publisher Syracuse University Press
Release Date 2002-12-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 378
ISBN 0815629834
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the first anthology that examines the TV sitcom in terms of its treatment of gender, family, class, race, and ethnic issues. The selections range from early shows such as I Remember Mama (George Lipsitz’s “Why Remember Mama? The Changing Face of a Woman’s Narrative”) to the more recent Roseanne (Kathleen Rowe Karlyn’s “Roseanne: Unruly Woman as a Domestic Goddess”). The volume also looks unflinchingly at major controversies; for example, the NAACP boycott of the stereotypical yet wildly popular Amos ‘n’ Andy and the queer reading of Laverne and Shirley. These diverse essays constitute a veritable history of postwar American mores. Some are classic, some forgotten, but all indicate the importance of considering text and subtext (social, historic, industrial) in the critical study of television. A final chapter by Joanne Morreale bids sitcoms adieu with the “cultural spectacle of Seinfeld’s last episode.”

The Sitcom Reader by Mary M. Dalton

Title The Sitcom Reader
Author Mary M. Dalton
Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date 2005-10-06
Category Social Science
Total Pages 337
ISBN 0791465705
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Offers a variety of perspectives on the sitcom genre and its influence on American culture.

Sitcom by David McGimpsey

Title Sitcom
Author David McGimpsey
Publisher Coach House Books
Release Date 2004-10-14
Category Poetry
Total Pages 88
ISBN 9781770562059
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Implicating extremes from Coriolanus to Karen Carpenter, David McGimpsey’s Sitcom is both serious poetry and a work of comedy. Where Timon of Athens meets Shania Twain, that's where you'll find Sitcom. Mischievous, generous and side-splittingly funny, this collection of wry soliloquies and sonnets begins with a milestone birthday and finds itself in demi-mondes as varied as the offices of university regents and the basic plot arc of Hawaii Five-O – offering, along the way, a sincere contemplation of mortality and the fashion sense of Mary Tyler Moore. In between, you'll find Auden, Arthur Carlson, oper, Girls Gone Wild and the lead from Suddenly Susan's turn as a creative writing student. Unembarrassed by its literary allusions or its hi-lo hybridity, Sitcom’s strategic and encompassing voice is prepared for each comedic disaster and is, somehow, always ready for next week’s episode.

The Sitcom by Jeremy G. Butler

Title The Sitcom
Author Jeremy G. Butler
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2019-11-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781317530992
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this new Routledge Television Guidebook, Jeremy G. Butler studies our love-hate relationship with the durable sitcom, analyzing the genre’s position as a major media artefact within American culture and providing a historical overview of its evolution in the USA. Everyone loves the sitcom genre; and yet, paradoxically, everyone hates the sitcom, too. This book examines themes of gender, race, ethnicity, and the family that are always at the core of humor in our culture, tracking how those discourses are embedded in the sitcom’s relatively rigid storytelling structures. Butler pays particular attention to the sitcom’s position in today’s post-network media landscape and sample analyses of Sex and the City, Black-ish, The Simpsons, and The Andy Griffith Show illuminate how the sitcom is infused with foundational American values. At once contemporary and reflective, The Sitcom is a must-read for students and scholars of television, comedy, and broader media studies, and a great classroom text.

Sitcom Queens by Michael Karol

Title Sitcom Queens
Author Michael Karol
Publisher iUniverse
Release Date 2006-07-20
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 171
ISBN 9780595846276
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Whether it was Lucy and Ethel (Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance) or Eve Arden as Miss Brooks, Gale Storm as her dad's "little" Margie, always interfering but with the best of intentions, or the more modern Bea Arthur as Maude, flaunting the conventions of how a woman was supposed to behave, we all have our favorite funny ladies who brought us laughter every week, and, for a half-hour at least, took us away from our daily problems. Classic TV expert Michael Karol, in a series of original essays, examines the roles these Sitcom Queens played on TV, and how they became the beloved TV icons of generation after generation of TV fans. With a sitcom timeline and a Top 10!

Title The Sitcom Reader Second Edition
Author Mary M. Dalton
Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date 2016-05-12
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781438461328
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy. This updated and expanded anthology offers an engaging overview of one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming: the sitcom. Through an analysis of formulaic conventions, the contributors address critical identities such as race, gender, and sexuality, and overarching structures such as class and family. Organized by decade, chapters explore postwar domestic ideology and working-class masculinity in the 1950s, the competing messages of power and subordination in 1960s magicoms, liberated women and gender in 1970s workplace comedies and 1980s domestic comedies, liberal feminism in the 1990s, heteronormative narrative strategies in the 2000s, and unmasking myths of gender in the 2010s. From I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners to Roseanne, Cybill, and Will & Grace to Transparent and many others in between, The Sitcom Reader provides a comprehensive examination of this popular genre that will help readers think about the shows and themselves in new contexts.

Beyond Sitcom by Antonio Savorelli

Title Beyond Sitcom
Author Antonio Savorelli
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2010-04-13
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 217
ISBN 9780786458431
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This book analyzes four comic series--Scrubs, The Office, The Comeback, and Ugly Betty--revealing how each program separates itself from traditional and demonstrates an increased self-awareness of the genre. Throughout, the author focuses on two themes in the transformation: the relationship between comedy and euphoria; and the relationship between comic texts and reality"--Provided by publisher.

Title the little book of SITCOM
Author John Vorhaus
Publisher Bafflegab Books
Release Date 2012-05-25
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 122
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun. Sitcom is the gateway drug to longer forms of writing. It’s a pretty good buzz and a pretty good ride, a great way to kill an afternoon, or even six months. And now, thanks to comedy writing guru John Vorhaus (author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT), writing situation comedy is easier than ever. In THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM, you'll find a whole trove of tools, tricks and problem-solving techniques that you can use -- now, today -- to be the sitcom writer of your wildest dreams. Ready to write? Ready to have fun? THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM is the big little book for you.

Title How To Be A Sitcom Writer
Author Marc Blake
Publisher Andrews UK Limited
Release Date 2014-07-10
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 142
ISBN 9781849893107
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Everyone loves - and hates - sitcom. On TV it's the goldmine genre, the one watched by millions. There's a special place in our hearts for Fawlty, Frasier, Blackadder and Brent. An absurd predicament, witty banter, a group of hilariously dysfunctional people: it all seems so easy. But is it? If you've ever said 'I can do better than that', then this is the book for you. How to be a Sitcom Writer will encourage, test and pull you through the comedy boot camp that is writing narrative-led character comedy for radio/TV.

Title How NOT to Write a Sitcom
Author Marc Blake
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2011-09-23
Category Reference
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781408130896
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The craft of sitcom is possibly the hardest of all screenwriting genres, demanding a complex set of skills that must all be present to succeed. How NOT to Write a Sitcom is a troubleshooting guide aimed at both the novice and the practising sitcom writer. It illustrates and explains the many pitfalls in concept, characterisation, plotting and dramatic/comedic writing,which pepper the hundreds of scripts submitted every year. Each point is illustrated with an example of the error and each section contains practical suggestions and exercises for the writer to apply to their own writing. The book takes makes no assumption of the reader other than an interest in the form. It contains interviews with current producers as well as interviews with successful practioners of the craft. Marc Blake is a script consultant, writer and teacher of writing for sitcom. In this book he acts as a `script mechanic' and offers a full `MOT for writers' - stripping a sitcom down to its component parts, isolating the faults and fixing them. What script editors and producers are looking for are scripts that work. Naturally they want a genius in embryo, but above all they first want to see something that is roadworthy.

Title Report on the BBC1 Sitcom My Family
Author Marco Sievers
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2007-10
Category
Total Pages 20
ISBN 9783638831437
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Scholarly Research paper from the year 2006 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 2, Liverpool John Moores University, course: English in British Television, 16 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: 16 Eintrage im Literaturverzeichnis, davon 8 online, abstract: Table of Contents 1.Introduction 2.Synopsis of the Programme 3.Features of the Genre 3.1. Formal Features of Sitcoms 3.2. Entrapment 3.3. Stereotypical Characters and Situations 3.4. Circular Closure 3.5. Verbal and Visual Humour 3.6. Characteristics of British Humour 4. Signs and Symbols 5. Cultural Awareness 6.Discourse Analysis 7.Audience Reaction 8.Entertainment Value 9.Conclusion 10.List of References 11.Annex: Transcriptions"

The Masters Of Sitcom by Christopher Stevens

Title The Masters of Sitcom
Author Christopher Stevens
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books
Release Date 2011-09-30
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 656
ISBN 9781843177739
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are two of the most influential and celebrated television scriptwriters of our time. Praised for inventing the sitcom, their own seminal creations are still standing the test of time with modern audiences - Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son are two of the most successful sitcoms ever made. This book is a charming tribute to their career in comedy, written in collaboration with Galton and Simpson themselves and with exclusive access to their personal archive of scripts. Readers will discover the fascinating story of their progress from variety shows to television, and how they came to create characters and programmes that have captured the nation's heart for generations. Their insightful comments on their own writing, along with their first-class understanding of the television writers' craft, make this anthology unique, informative and incredibly entertaining.

Title Movie Concepts Sitcom Presentations
Author Lynn Tolliver
Publisher Trafford Publishing
Release Date 2000
Category Humor
Total Pages 47
ISBN 9781552123669
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A fun book of ideas for television and cinema that Lynn Tolliver has rescued from his fertile mind.

Title The British TV Sitcom Quiz Book
Author Chris Cowlin
Publisher Andrews UK Limited
Release Date 2011-07-15
Category Games
Total Pages 156
ISBN 9781908382832
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The sitcom has proved to be one of the most enduring genres in British TV history, reflecting the social changes and national concerns of the time, and has brought many memorable and much-loved characters to our screens. Who can forget iconic figures like Frank Spencer, Basil Fawlty and Reggie Perrin or the antics of the Trotters, the Meldrews and the staff of Grace Brothers’ department store, to name but a few? The 1,000 questions in The British TV Sitcom Quiz book will test your knowledge of your favourite series from yesteryear to the current day. From Steptoe and Son, Dad’s Army and Porridge to Absolutely Fabulous, The Office, and My Family, this book is bulging with facts that will refresh your memory and help you to recapture some of those magical moments in situation comedy. With a fitting foreword by Brian Murphy from the hilarious ‘70s TV show George and Mildred and Nicholas Parsons OBE, this is a must-have book for all sitcom fans.

Title Writing Television Sitcoms revised
Author Evan S. Smith
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2009-12-01
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781101151624
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This new edition of Writing Television Sitcoms features the essential information every would-be teleplay writer needs to know to break into the business, including: - Updated examples from contemporary shows such as 30 Rock, The Office and South Park - Shifts in how modern stories are structured - How to recognize changes in taste and censorship - The reality of reality television - How the Internet has created series development opportunities - A refined strategy for approaching agents and managers - How pitches and e-queries work - or don't - The importance of screenwriting competitions

Sitcom And German Bashing by Michael Pieck

Title Sitcom and German Bashing
Author Michael Pieck
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2011-05
Category
Total Pages 24
ISBN 9783640909247
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,0, University of Cologne (Englisches Seminar), course: Sitcom and Violence - Einfuhrungsseminar Literaturwissenschaft, language: English, abstract: Violence and its various forms of representation have been a recurring source of comedy and humour throughout the history of comedic literature. (...) As Schneider et al. have shown, violence can be interpersonal, collective, or even self-inflicted. Forms of violence can be both physical and non-physical. Whereas violence in its blunt physical or verbal appearance is usually easy to define and comprehend, this may not necessarily be the case with its non-physical and non-verbal forms. The mode in which characters or groups are represented within a narrative or a plot can be an effective form of violence, too, as Armstrong and Tennenhouse have proposed. A good example of how a national stereotype is ridiculed in a sitcom is the Emmy-awarded episode "An Affair to Forget" from the sitcom Frasier aired in 1995. In this episode the protagonist Frasier believes that his brother's wife has an affair with her fencing instructor, who is German. This fencing instructor, named Gunnar, is portrayed in an assumed stereotypical way: He is blond and tall and he does not speak any English--although his wife does fluently. He seems to be hot-tempererd so that the accuse of having stolen a shoe (a misunderstanding) makes him attack Frasier's brother with his fence. It may be the depiction of Gunnar as an alleged typical German, as well as the representation of Germanness in general, which have prompted the producers of the German dubbing to change Gunnar and his wife's nationality from German to Danish in the German version of the episode. To a German audience this depiction of their own national stereotype may appear so grotesque that they would either not recognize themselves or even feel offended. In addition, the bigger part of the jokes in this epi"

Title Self praise in the US American sitcom The Big Bang Theory
Author Katharina Lurz
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2018-09-13
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 16
ISBN 9783668797260
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Other, grade: 1,3, University of Bonn, language: English, abstract: Even though self-praise poses a socially problematic speech act, it appears that self-praise is used in sitcoms quite often for comic effects. This term paper deals with the question which strategies the fictional character Sheldon Cooper in the US American sitcom The Big Bang Theory applies when performing self-praise. On that account, the paper will follow the lead of Daria Dayter in her article “Self-Praise in microblogging”. The strategies for self-praise found by Dayter will present the framework for this specific study. Therefore, this paper will not deal with structural characteristics of those utterance but only with the strategies applied. As self-praise seems to be used for comic effects in the sitcom, I assume that the results conducted in this paper will not contain many mitigation devices when self-praise is being performed. Furthermore, it seems that the article by Dayter is the only specific study on self-praise so far. Hence, the study of self-praise poses a quite unsought area and thus provides the possibility for an individual study that will not have to rely on previous studies with a similar content. As this paper deals with self-praise in the US American sitcom, it poses an interesting crossover between the fields of film language and self-praise studies. As the study of self-praise increasingly gained attention among researchers since self-portrayal via social media websites like Twitter became possible and almost socially acceptable, spreading the issue to a scripted context constitutes a completely unexplored area of research. In this paper, I will first give a brief overview of Dayter's study on the topic in my literature review section. I will also take into account some important studies on compliment responses, as Dayter extracted her strategies for self-praise from those. Then there will be an elaboration on the methodology applied to this paper, followed by a more detailed outline of the strategies and the data that will be investigated in this work. Afterwards the results will be presented and ultimately a critical discussion of the findings. In the end a conclusion will be provided to give an overview for further possible fields of research and to offer a precise summary of the results.

The Sitcom by Brett Mills

Title The Sitcom
Author Brett Mills
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release Date 2009
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 182
ISBN 9780748637522
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Sitcom explores the production, viewership, and script of this popular genre, drawing on a range of examples and case studies in order to map its characteristics, social significance, and guilty pleasures. Brett Mills takes a global approach, examining international examples as well as British and American broadcasts, isolating the relationships between sitcom, nation, and identity.

Sitcom by Richard F. Taflinger

Title Sitcom
Author Richard F. Taflinger
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020
Category Comedy programs
Total Pages 86
ISBN OCLC:222626319
Language English, Spanish, and French
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