A History in 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy to Community

eBook - 2014
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A carefully curated tour through TV comedy series, this mix tape of fondly remembered shows surveys the genealogy of the form, the larger trends in its history, the best of what the genre has accomplished, and the most standard of its works. From I Love Lucy, The Phil Silvers Show, and M*A*S*H to Taxi, The Larry Sanders Show, and 30 Rock, this guide presents the sitcom as a capsule version of the 20th-century arts realism giving way to modernism and then to postmodernism, all between the hours of 8 and 10pm on weeknights. Each chapter springs from an individual representative entity, including The Simpsons 22 Short Films about Springfield, The Mary Tyler Moore Shows Chuckles Bites the Dust, Seinfeld's The Pitch, and Freaks and Geeks Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers, where Martin Starr's nerdy Bill takes comfort in what else the pleasures of laughing at TV.
Publisher: [United States] : Chicago Review Press : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781613743874
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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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