Sitcom : a history in 24 episodes from I love Lucy to Community

by Austerlitz, Saul,

Format: Print Book 2014
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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 .

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.

I love Lucy
The honeymooners
The Phil Silvers show
Leave it to Beaver
The Dick Van Dyke show
Gilligan's Island
The Mary Tyler Moore show
All in the family
The Cosby show
The Simpsons
The Larry Sanders show
Sex and the city
Freaks and geeks
Curb your enthusiasm
Arrested development
The office
30 Rock

Additional Information
Subjects Situation comedies (Television programs) -- United States.
Publisher Chicago, Illinois :Chicago Review Press,2014
Language English
Notes "An A Cappella Book."
Description 406 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-389) and index.
ISBN 9781613743843 (pbk.)
161374384X (pbk.)
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