Laughter in the Living Room

Laughter in the Living Room

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For more than fifty years some very funny people have been entering American homes through television's big picture window. From Lucy and Uncle Miltie, to Archie Bunker and Marge Simpson, certain comic stars of television history have become not just cultural icons, but friends of the family. This comprehensive study of the most successful television comedies - including domestic sitcoms, workplace comedies, variety shows, late-night comedy, animated comedy, and more - reveals that, unlike the comedy found in film, on stage, in comedy clubs and concert halls, television's presentation of comic characters and stories must negotiate a relationship with the more privatized and value-laden environment of each American home that it enters.For perhaps the first time in television situation comedy, a large majority of the showa#39;s main characters were female: Roseanne, her ... seasons CBS ran Murphy Brown and Designing Women on Monday nights as counter-programming to ABCa#39;s Monday Night Football. ... (March 13, 1989) during its first season and cover stories in several issues of TV Guide and other magazines during its ten- year run.

Title:Laughter in the Living Room
Author:Michael Tueth
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2005


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