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The Sitcom

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The Sitcom by Brett Mills
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Even though sitcom has been a consistent staple of broadcasting the world over, rigorous academic work on it as a genre remains limited. This book examines sitcom as an industry in terms of production, audiences and texts, drawing on a range of examples and case studies in order to examine the genre's characteristics, social position, and pleasures. In highlighting this long-lasting and popular form of television, it offers insights into genre theory and explores how the comic aim of sitcom forms a central characteristic of the genre. Brett Mills takes a global view of sitcom, examining international examples as well as those produced by the more dominant British and American broadcasting industries, in order to explore the relationships between sitcom, nation, and identity. Sitcoms considered include Extras, My Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, One Foot in the Grave, Peep Show, Summer Heights High, Popetown, and Friends. Key Features *Draws on original research into the television industry, incorporating interviews with sitcom writers, directors and producers *Includes research on audience responses to sitcom, with reference to offence, pleasure, and social change *Offers detailed textual analyses of a range of programmes, drawing on Humour Theory to explore the ways in which jokes and comic moments work *Outlines the future for sitcom, considering new media developments and the changing relationships between broadcasters and audiences.

Author Biography

Brett Mills is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Release date Australia
September 8th, 2009
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Edinburgh University Press
Pages
194
Series
Dimensions
138x216x18
ISBN-13
9780748637515
Product ID
4276617

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