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The History of Sitcoms - The History of Sitcoms The word 'Sitcom' derives from the words Situational Comedy. Sitcoms are a series of programs shown on television that usually involve a family or a close group of characters. Sitcoms seem to have been around ever since television was introduced to the family home, and are continuing to change along with television itself. Traditionally, sitcoms were generally centred around men, usually having only one or two female characters. Examples of this are, 'Yes Prime Minister', 'Blackadder', and the still popular 'Only Fools and Horses'....   [tags: Papers] 2064 words
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The Success of Sitcoms Through National Identity - National identity through sitcoms greatly influences how a nation or culture represents its shared unity within humor and determining how successful a TV series will be. Identity plays a major role in the media world especially in television. Nevertheless, the successful sitcom “Modern Family” is the best example on how American culture interprets humor based upon the shows context of how a typical family operates on a daily basis. “Modern Family” is the first family show to be filmed as a “mockumentary”, which is a television show viewed through a documentary style that creates a parody (New York Times)....   [tags: modern family, tv series]
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Comparison of Sitcoms - Comparison of Sitcoms All 3 of my sitcoms I have chosen are great British, hugely popular and critically praised. All of them were written by there own single writer unlike in America where they had a team of writers to produce a single sitcom. The 3 sitcoms I have picked are Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers and Porridge. Only Fools and Horses was first shown on the BBC in 1981 and started with a total of 3 main charters and 5 regular sub-characters. The 3 main characters they started out with were Del, Rodney and Granddad Trotter....   [tags: Papers] 701 words
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Representation of Gender in Television Sitcoms - Representation of Gender in Television Sitcoms “Men behaving badly” and “Only fools and horses” are both exceedingly hilarious sitcoms, Only fools and horses was shown on the BBC and Men behaving badly shown on ITV (but later moving to BBC with a later time), when it first hit our screens. Although they eventually began to fade out the sitcoms, well at least off of the standard channels of one to five. Now days the BBC and ITV only produce special episodes around Christmas time and on other special occasions....   [tags: Papers] 613 words
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Controversy Surfaces Towards Modern-day Sitcoms - What goes through your mind when you watch a little kid viciously beat up the family dog. Did you get a disturbing image. Well, in an episode of Family Guy Stewie brutally beats Bryan, the family dog, because the dog didn’t pay him back. This is a very outrageous thing for a baby to do, and more so very inappropriate. Well, with today’s society being more exposed and tolerant to certain contents about many diverse topics, the significant matter used as entertainment in many comedies is becoming more controversial day by day....   [tags: Entertainment ]
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Sitcoms Today - Today in the television world, sitcoms are totally different from what it used to be, for example back in the day, people would have top rating TV shows, such as the Brady Bunch, I Love Lucy, The Partridge Family, and basically shows that would have morals and lessons to give to the public. Now a days, shows that are most watched would be Sex in the City, The Sopranos, Will & Grace, and sitcoms that would have plots about sex, drugs, interracial conflict, and things that wouldn’t be appropriate back in the past....   [tags: Moran on TV] 409 words
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Does Homer Know Best? - Sitcoms like The Simpsons, are used to show that the traditional family is not what it is played out to be on other shows like Father Knows Best, The Jetsons and Leave it to Beaver. The Simpsons challenges and upholds the traditional sitcom while representing the American nuclear family as a unique and lovable family. Like most shows that come out of Hollywood, The Simpsons is pro-Democrat and against Republican views. This show suggests that not following the traditional family roles will you give you a happier life....   [tags: The Simpsons, sitcoms]
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The Appeal of Sitcoms Men Behaving Badly and Friends - The Appeal of Sitcoms Men Behaving Badly and Friends The sitcom genre is very popular worldwide. This could be because the sitcoms have long-standing characters, with different problems, all begun and solved in the same episode. The fact that the characters are long-standing makes them very well known to their audiences, almost if the audiences are actually part of the problems. Some storylines may be ongoing. This makes the audiences want to watch more, to see what the characters would have done in their predicament, a bit like a soap....   [tags: Papers] 1443 words
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The Impact of African-American Sitcoms on America's Culture - The Impact of African-American Sitcoms on America's Culture Since its start, the television industry has been criticized for perpetuating myths and stereotypes about African-Americans through characterizations, story lines, and plots. The situation comedy has been the area that has seemed to draw the most criticism, analysis, and disapproval for stereotyping. From Sanford and Son and The Jefferson’s in the 1970s to The Cosby Show (1984) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990s, sitcoms featuring black casts and characters have always been controversial....   [tags: Fresh Prince Bel-Air Jeffersons Cosby Essays] 974 words
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How have sitcoms changed over time? - Although ‘Men Behaving Badly’ is not that much older than ‘Friends’ the more recent episodes of Friends are quite different to the final episodes of M.B.B. The most obvious difference between the two programmes is the clothes the actors wear and their accents. Of course this is to be expected due to the difference in time and location of filming but also the characters play very different parts. In M.B.B. all the characters are around aged 30 and live in quite a bad part of London and not particularly worried about their sense of fashion; whereas in Friends they live in the centre of New York and most of the characters are always dressed in the latest clothes and some of the narrative revol...   [tags: essays research papers] 595 words
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The Importance of Class Status in British Society as Depicted in British Sitcoms - The Importance of Class Status in British Society as Depicted in British Sitcoms Focusing on British sitcoms as a genre of study, one can see many different levels in the structure of British society. Of particular interest is the classification of the characters into their social classes. In Porridge, Fletcher is seen as a working class convict who is confined to his place in society. However, within his incarceration a hierarchy among his "colleagues" is also apparent. Satisfied with his place at the top of this power structure, Fletcher continually maneuvers himself to improve his life without the ability to leave his social stratum....   [tags: Television]
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Good Times and The Jeffersons - ... JJ was the comedian of the bunch, and was known throughout the show for some of his famous punchlines such as “Dy-no-mite”. In my opinion, JJ was portrayed as less educated than his younger siblings. He always seemed to be won over by a new gimmick, or have a new scheme up his sleeve. Thelma, was hard to read. While she seemed reserved and into her studies at times, she would come out of the blue with something unexpected. In reality, that is the typical life of the role she played as a teenage girl....   [tags: 70's sitcoms featuring African Americans] 893 words
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Revolution against Rules - Can people live without rules, curfews or consequences. Many people think that of course they can live without rules and their lives will be amazing, but these people definitely didn't watch "No Rules". "No rules" is an episode of a television sitcom called "My wife and kids" . The episode is directed by James Widdoes and written by Dean Lorey (No rules) . Damon Wayans, George Gore II, Jennifer Freeman and Parker McKenna Posey were the actors (No Rules). In the episode, the mother wasn't in the house and the father was taking care of the children....   [tags: Consequences, Sitcoms, Analysis]
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The Simpsons Impact on Family Values - The Simpsons Impact on Family Values The Simpsons first came to life on April 19th, 1987. It was aired as a ‘filler’ in the commercial breaks of ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ and was animated in 30 second mini-episodes. Matt Groening, the proud producer and creator of The Simpsons, made these 30 second episodes after being recognized for his ‘life is hell’ comic strip and asked by a fan, Pauly Platt, if he would be interested in coming up with ideas for an animation. Groening ceased the opportunity and now, 18 years on The Simpsons have become a global success and have been honored with: a Peabody award, over 20 Emmy awards, over 50 Emmy nominations, over 20 Annie a...   [tags: Television TV Sitcoms Cartoons] 1772 words
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Roseanne and Sociology - Roseanne was a hit sitcom that debuted in the late 80s and continued into the late 90s. It was one of the most watched shows of its time despite the controversy that surrounded it. The series still airs on popular television networks today but, because it functionally paved the way, it is not considered questionable in today’s society. Although the show had its share of controversial issues and what was then thought to be “inappropriate” dialogue, the America population continued to tune-in to Roseanne and empathized with the weekly problems the Conner’s would face....   [tags: hit sitcoms from the 80's and 90's] 2024 words
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Everybody Hates Chris - The episode of Everybody Hates Chris that was shown in class is an excellent example of the negative representations of black, lower class people in the media. Specifically, the episode addresses the common black stereotypes of having poor home lives, absent parents, and the overall belief that black people are more violent and aggressive than white people. The episode addresses the everyday stereotyping that comes in a day of the life of a lower-class black, male student at an otherwise all white middle-class school....   [tags: African-American stereotypes, sitcoms]
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Sitcom Singles: The Differential Portrayal of Single Men and Women in the Modern American Sitcom - The average America watches more than 150 hours of television every month, or about five hours each day (“Americans,” 2009). Of the 25 top-rated shows for the week of February 8-14, 2010, six were sitcoms, averaging 5.84 million live viewers each (Seidman, 2010), to say nothing for the millions more who watched later on the Internet or their Digital Video Recorders. The modern sitcom is an undeniable force in America, and its influence extends beyond giving viewers new jokes to repeat at the water cooler the next day: whether Americans realize it or not, the media continues to socialize them, even as adults....   [tags: TV]
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The Simpsons as a Sitcom - The Simpsons as a Sitcom "The Simpsons" is an example of an American sitcom. A sitcom is situation comedy, which is when the same setting and same characters appear in every episode. Examples of sitcoms are programs such as "The Crosby Show" and more recent sitcoms such as "Friends". Sitcoms surfaced in the 1950's in America showing the "ideal" family. Slowly sitcoms started to show the reality of life and dealt with social issues such as divorce and unemployment. Sitcoms have become very popular because people could relate to the program and sitcoms show problems, which happen in every day life in a light-hearted way....   [tags: Television Animation Cartoons Papers] 1382 words
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The Sitcom - Similarities between Ourselves and the Characters - The Sitcom - Similarities between Ourselves and the Characters A sitcom, short for situation comedy, is a comic television series made up of episodes involving the same group of characters in a recurring situation. When watching a sitcom one sees characters deal with life in an unmethodical, irrational, but humorous style. The ability to bring laughter out of situations dates back to variety shows, but dedicating a whole program around a group of characters is fairly new considering the long history of comedy....   [tags: Media TV Television] 708 words
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Do The Simpsons Follow the Conventions of a Typical Sitcom? - A sitcom is a situation comedy. In a sitcom there is usually a nuclear family, which involves there being a mum, dad, sister and a brother as the main focus. A normal stock plot for a sitcom is that everything more often than not starts happily and ends pretty much the same. There are a few minor hiccups in-between that are easily worked out. They usually contain farce, satire, and puns or slap stick comedy to amuse the audience. Sitcoms generally last about thirty minutes, for example in ‘My family’ and ‘King of the Hill’....   [tags: The Simpsons Essays] 3116 words
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Television and Media - Categorization of TV Sitcom Fathers - Categorization of Sitcom Fathers For this essay I consulted EPGuides.com[1] and The Internet Movie Database[2], which also includes minimal facts of television shows and casts. Throughout the course of television history there have evolved several types and variations of fathers: the Simulacrum; the Single-parent; the Substitute; the Homer Simpson; the Apathetic. Though their characteristics coincide with American values, the Simulacrum Father does not merely represent ideals but America’s adoption of simulations....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Understanding Multi Camera Techniques, Location and Viewers with TV Sitcom and Other Examples - Assignment, Understanding Multi Camera Techniques Coverage of action Coverage of action means the use of multiple cameras in a television production to cover all of the action that is in the scene. THE I.T CROWD: SITCOM An example of this I have used is in the TV sitcom: ‘The I.T Crowd Season 1Episode 2 Calamity Jen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Y1q9RqBfc) - this scene shows two characters discussing what one of them has eaten and a stress machine the other character has built and another character soon enters in later doing funny movements trying to show off the shoes....   [tags: Shot, Spacial Relationship, Audience] 3113 words
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Audience Cared About Norman Lear's All in the Family - In an interview in 1974, Producer and show creator Norman Lear said of his television sitcom, All in the Family: “People laugh harder at the things they care the most about.” ("Day at Night: Norman Lear, renowned TV producer ("All in the Family")." ) If that is true then the viewers most certainly must have cared about the topics being addressed on the show because All in the Family topped the Neilsen ratings, ranking number-one, from 1971 to 1976. As with any successful producer, Lear’s and co-producer Bud Yorkin’s primary goal was to get ratings....   [tags: sitcom, politics, ratings]
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TV Sitcom: That '70s Show - That 70’s show is about Eric Forman and his teenage friends and also is family members that live in Point Place Wisconsin through the time period of 1976-1979. The biggest surprise about the series is that despite it being only a three year time frame it managed to run for eight seasons that was seen on Fox from 1998 to 2006 which became the networks second longest running live action sitcom only trailing the show married with children. Despite the fact that the show wasn’t really based in the 70’s the production of the show did a good job to make it seem like they lived in the 70’s with cars, music etc… It’s kind of weird that the show was named “that 70’s show” when it didn’t officially ta...   [tags: themes, humor, elements] 1198 words
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An Analysis of the Television Sitcom, Different Strokes - An Analysis of the Television Sitcom, Different Strokes Different Strokes a comedy sitcom, first aired in 1978, and lasted until 1986. This sitcom consisted of a widowed Manhattan millionaire, Phillip Drummond , who adopted two orphaned brothers. Arnold who was 8 years old and Willis who was 12. The boys' mother was Drummonds housekeeper who became very ill, so Drummond made a promise to her that he would take care of her two sons after she passed away. Drummond treated the two boys like his own....   [tags: Media] 504 words
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The Most Amazing TV Programme: The Simpson´s - ... Surprisingly, “The Simpson’s” is known as longest running animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the fox broadcasting company. “The Simpson’s” has been on out screens for over twenty five spectacular year. Who wouldn’t like to know or watch about American satirical TV programme. Many people enjoy watching satirical American TV programme because most American TV programme are funny and comedy. Cartoonish, caricatured and unrealistic: “The Simpson’s” is cartoonish TV programme which was made for comedy purpose and it was created by Matt Groening and developed by L....   [tags: funny, comedy, hilarious, sitcom] 515 words
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Two Comedic Television Families, The Cosby Show and Rosanne - American families depicted in television comedy shows outwardly appear as stereotypical characters. Extreme contrasting types are used to exaggerate real life: wealthy or poor, urban or rural, and sophisticated or naïve. This is not only for entertainment value, it seems: the characteristics of these families can represent the diversity within the families across our nation. As a show develops it can reach out to the audience by touching on more realistic values. A demonstration of how a television family deals with an issue can make that family appear to be even more similar to each other and comparable to real American families as well....   [tags: household, children, sitcom]
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Family Guy by Seth Mcfarlene - ... The show chooses targets and makes it absolutely clear as to who will be victimized. (Deaf, Old, Latino, White, Minority, Gay, Disabled, etc- no one goes un-mocked). Stereotypes and Androcentricity Stereotype – An example of stereotyping is demonstrated in an episode where Peter wants to go purchase some meat. He decides to take Brian with him to anItalian run meat shop. He then decides to stereotype all Italians by mentioning that a majority of them all have mustaches and that because he grew a mustache, he can speak to them (Saville)....   [tags: adult sitcom, fox broadcasting] 942 words
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Portrayal of Asian-Americans in the Canceled Sitcom, All American Girl - Portrayal of Asian-Americans in the Canceled Sitcom, All American Girl Ever since arriving in this country, Asian-Americans have been misunderstood and discriminated against. Lately things have gotten better, but there are still people trying to further improve their situation. Margaret Cho, a Korean-American, is one of them. In the late 1990's she got her own sitcom, All-American Girl. This was a perfect chance to improve the portrayal of Korean-Americans, and Asian-Americans in general. Positive Aspects “All American Girl” showed many positive portrayals of Asians in a modern day society in California....   [tags: Television] 740 words
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Television Today Versus the 1950s - How many people today watch family sitcoms to imitate or compare values with their own. Probably not as many as there were in the 1950s. In Stephanie Coontz's "What We Really Miss about the 1950s", she discusses why people feel more nostalgic towards growing up in the 1950s, and how she disagrees that 1950s wasn't the decade that we really should like or remember best. Apart from economic stability, family values played an important part then. Through television sitcoms, such as "Leave it to Beaver", "Father knows Best", families watched them to make sure they were living correctly....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1195 words
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Changing Family Structure in America from a Functionalist Perspective - “Leave it to Beaver” was a popular sitcom about a traditional nuclear family played out through the perspective of an adolescent boy whose curiosity and antics often got him into trouble (TV.com). Despite the show promoting positive family values, it also inadvertently shed light on a historically dark period of time in American history. One such instance was the lack of diversity on the show. Nearly 100% of the show’s characters were white throughout the six-season, 234 episode series. In the single episode that depicted an African-American, the character was a servant, further a reflection of the times when African-Americans where predominantly seen and treated as second-class citizens (L...   [tags: Leave it to Beaver, Popular Sitcom, Nuclear Family]
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Effects of Television on Our Society - Effects of Television on Our Society INTRODUCTION Plato once, prophetically, posed a question that hints at the very core of this project. In philosophizing on the issue of entertainment and its various, sometimes questionable, sources he asked his fellow citizens to consider the following “Shall we just carelessly allow our children to hear casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?” Shall we indeed....   [tags: Media TV Essays Impact]
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The Relationship Between Humor and Culture: Emma Jameson - Similar to many other lively pleasures, humor can only be experienced if it resonates with a person. Without some kind of comprehension, there cannot be any type of reaction. Only once an outlandish statement, inappropriate remark, or unexpected situation, is remotely understood will a person be able to label it comical or sober. Since there are billions of people worldwide with their own languages including it’s respective idioms, euphemisms, the age old saying of “there is truth in every joke” applies to each culture individually....   [tags: english speakers, language]
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Television Comedies - Television comedies have been on the air for decades, and throughout this time many different shows have come and gone. Due to the dominance of these shows, comedies are one of the biggest draws on television. There are many different types of comedies, each with their own unique characteristics and features that differentiate them from others and lead to their popularity. Whether the show is a sketch comedy, sitcom, mockumentary or dramatic comedy, each utilizes different types of humour, locations, themes, and situations to appeal to the audience; which is likely why they are so popular today....   [tags: Red Skeleton, The Crack-up]
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My Favorite Television Show - My favorite television show that I like to sit down and watch at the end of a long day is Reba. I always look forward to relaxing in front of the TV and watching the witty thirty-minute episodes. This show provides me the perfect comic relief at the time of day I need it most. The show features Reba playing the role of a single, divorced, mother with three children, a son-in-law, and a grandchild all living under her roof. Her ex-husband, Brock, and his younger, somewhat dimwitted new wife, Barbra Jean also live nearby and are constantly dropping in unexpectedly....   [tags: Sitcom Review] 774 words
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Response to Welcome to the City by Murray Forman - My response paper speaks directly to Murray Forman’s “Welcome to the City” essay, pecifically, the complex relationship the ghetto has with its inhabitants as well as outsiders. In the essay Forman says, “Youth continues to be framed against the American middle-class ideals of a liberated consumer culture” (47). Since our course is focused on black popular culture, I thought it would be interesting to examine the portrayal of domestic space occupied by black families on television sitcoms, a genre defined heavily by shows from the 1950s....   [tags: argumentative] 2211 words
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Discussion and Analysis of British Situation Comedy - Dictionary Entry: Sitcom (Pronunciation Key: s,i,t-k,o,m ) Sit-com (Informal noun, abbreviation) A situation comedy Synonyms (Comedy): takeoff, witticism, send-up, slapstick, hoopla, facetiousness, play on, drollness. Encyclopaedic Definition: British Sitcom A British sitcom is a situation comedy (sitcom) produced in the United Kingdom. The genre can be difficult to classify as it covers a wide range of styles and situations. A common factor is the exploration of social mores, often with a healthy dollop of satire or bathos, in contrast to the sometimes-uplifting sentiments of many American sitcoms....   [tags: Visual Arts] 1003 words
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How I Met Your Mother - During the episode of How I Met Your Mother a lot of conflict and interpersonal communication is taking place. Not only in romantic relationships, but even friendships or dealing with someone who lives near you. You see how ted deals with the obnoxious couple who lives above them, how Lily and Marshal get through a tough argument, and how Robin and Barney Avoid fighting. Many of the terms we learned in the Floyd 2011 pertain to conflict in this particular episode. The demand-withdraw pattern, symmetrical relationship, hostile couples, and compromising are only a few examples of the conflict and interpersonal communication during How I Met Your Mother....   [tags: tv show, sitcom analysis]
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TV Families and Real Families - As early as 1950, television families have depicted not only the way we live today, but also the way we ought to live (Tueth, 2003). Hence, television has continued to present comedies about family life that ranges from the didactic model of domestic conventionalist and gradually to non-conventionalist ways of life. By conventionalist, I mean the depiction of the “nuclear” family that consists of clear roles, responsibilities, and gentle lines of authority that flow from the wise dad and understanding mom to the obedient children (Kutalas, 2005)....   [tags: Family, television]
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The Simpsons - The Simpsons The Simpson is now arguably the biggest sitcom and animation of TV history, but what is it that makes it so successful compared to traditional sitcoms. In order to answer this question, we have to look at sitcom as a whole; then the difference if any between modern and traditional sitcoms. Sitcoms when first released were aimed at families and it tried to show what American should be like. Sitcoms, are popular for many different reasons; some of these including that they were episodic in nature therefore you didn’t have to watch them from the beginning....   [tags: Papers] 1560 words
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How the Family Changed in Five Decades - Through the years Hollywood has brought us some funny, sad and always relatable family sitcoms. Each and every television show has been appropriate to the decade it was running, and the common issues facing the world at that time.Every decade for the last 5 years has touched on life of that time, but the one common factor through each decaded that stands true is the male was the main supporter of the family and both parents were always present. The sixties and seventies were a time of good old fashion family values, the man was the man supporter of the family....   [tags: TV portrayals and stereotypes] 562 words
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Broadcasting And Programing - Broadcasting and Programing Steiner's Model Steiner's model on programming preferences and broadcasting choices tries to show how stations come to the conclusion of what programming to show. This model goes on the assumption that broadcasters will go after the largest audience possible. Going on the information given about this hypothetical situation, we can predict what each of the four stations in this market will show. There are three distinct audience preferences. The first groups of 1200 viewers has a first programming preference of sitcoms and a second choice of soaps....   [tags: essays research papers] 1880 words
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Turn the Channel Already! - According to the A.C. Nielsen Company, the leader in television industry analytics, the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day. This translates into twenty-eight hours per week or two whole months of watching television per year. In 2010, 55% of American homes had three or more televisions, 28% had two, and 17% had one. (Gyimesi and McGiboney) America’s fascination with television started in the 1950’s and has been the primary source of family entertainment since. Television in America has a great deal of quality programming as it emulates some true facets of American life, but also falsifies and over-analyzes others....   [tags: Television]
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Karl Marx’s Theory of the Capitalist Economic System - ... These shows convince us and build our views of the middle class. These are the families that we feel closely related to and the fact that they are portrayed as middle class, make us believe that we are also the middle class and not a part of the working class. To further persuade the audience, the addition of reality tv and shows like, Jerry Springer, Maury and Cops, makes the audience view the working class as second class citizens. Karl Marx’s capitalist system categorizes individuals into three distinct classes (2014, Brym)....   [tags: economist, philosopher,sociologist]
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The Impact of African American Roles on Television - The image of African Americans has been greatly depreciated by the roles they play on television sitcoms. On these shows African Americans are depicted as being maids, clowns, and buffoons. This misrepresentation of African Americans has become common place through out the media. One of the most controversial sitcoms was the Amos ‘n Andy Show. This sitcom included two black comedic men and began the creation of the African American stereotypes that most people have grown accustom to today. The Amos ‘n Andy Show began as a radio show with two white men portraying two black comedic men....   [tags: essays research papers] 826 words
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Exploring the Structure of Documentaries and Fictional Programs - Exploring the Structure of Documentaries and Fictional Programs At first glance you would think that a fictional program and a documentary couldn’t be more dissimilar from each other, but they do have their similarities. Naturally sometimes these two types of program are different in the way they do things due to the message they are trying to get across or the mood they are trying to set but methods they use to achieve these things are much the same. They both share the same camera techniques to achieve the same effects when filming; using close up shots to show emotion, far out shot to show a landscape and also the medium distance to give a balance of the two....   [tags: Papers] 549 words
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Whatever Hapenned to Morality and Values on Television - ... No longer does the question What is Lucy going to do next. hang about the minds of the people. The question slipping off everybody's tongues currently sounds like Could there be a gay Desperate Housewife. America has resulted to moral erosion instead of moral fiber. As people view the Bush administration getting prepared to wage World War III on the news, people wonder why kids blast each other with AK-47s in school. Women appear constantly portrayed unjustly as composites of breast and butts on every channel and people wonder why boys want to have sex so bad....   [tags: violence in the media] 1221 words
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Public Broadcasting in the Article “Moving beyond the 'Vast Wasteland', Laurie Ouellette and Justin Lewis - ... Rather than reserving public broadcasting for more educational programming, the authors argue that there is a more progressive solution that can incorporate popular media forms while still veering away from commercialization. Thus far, pubic television has failed to adopt popular media forms. Public television stations such as PBS failed to attract larger and more diverse audiences because they kept their programming intellectual and dull rather than building on popular aspects of television culture....   [tags: commercial, television, programming]
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