Beyond Sitcom: New Directions in American Television Comedy
McFarland & Company (series)
Paperback Book Details
- 211 Pages
- Released: April 13, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Description by OLDIES.com:
This book explores the mechanisms that have driven the evolution of televisual comedy from the classic sitcom, a genre deeply rooted in its theatrical origins, toward a more mature stage of television's history. It analyzes four comic series--"Scrubs", "The Office", "The Comeback", and "Ugly Betty"--revealing how each separates itself from the traditional sitcom archetype and shows increased awareness of the comic genre. Throughout the author focuses on two cardinal themes: the relationship between comedy and euphoria; and the relationship between comic texts and reality.
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