Sitcom

Sitcom

A History in 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy to Community

Book - 2014
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"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 track the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from I LOVE 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 mix tape 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781613743843
161374384X
Branch Call Number: 791.4561 AUSTERL
Characteristics: 406 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

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 track the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from I Love Lucy to The Mary Tyler Moore Show; from M*A*S*H to 30 Rock. In 24 episodes, Sitcom surveys the history of the form, and functions as both a TV mix tape 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. July 2014 Popular Culture newsletter.

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