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 “Deep Feelings of Nervousness”: Circumnavigating the Taboo Topic

Leonard B. Glick

in Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176742
eISBN:
9780199835621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019517674X.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

While some Jewish Americans have criticized ritual circumcision in magazine articles and proposed substituting a rite without genital cutting, others have defended it passionately, insisting that it ... More


A Brief History of Chinese Situation Comedies: Reconciling Consumer Modernity and Confucian Womanhood

Di Miao

in TV Drama in China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099401
eISBN:
9789882207646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099401.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines the development of Chinese situation comedies, beginning with Stories from an Editorial Office (Bianjibu de gushi, 1992) in the early 1990s. It then discusses how the US sitcom ... More


Jack Rosenthal

Sue Vice

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077043
eISBN:
9781781703144
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077043.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This is a critical work on Jack Rosenthal, the highly regarded British television dramatist. His career began with Coronation Street in the 1960s and he became famous for his popular sitcoms, ... More


The Sitcom

Brett Mills

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637515
eISBN:
9780748671229
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637515.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This book examines the popular television genre – the sitcom – via a wide range of frameworks, and places that analysis in historical institutional, and national contexts. The aim of the book is to ... More


Situation comedy: homosexuality and male camaraderie

Rebecca Feasey

in Masculinity and Popular Television

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748627974
eISBN:
9780748651184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627974.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Situation comedies (sitcoms) have been categorised as those humorous classical narrative shows that use regular characters, a routine setting and variations of the same plot, over and over again. ... More


Animation: masculinity in the nuclear family

Rebecca Feasey

in Masculinity and Popular Television

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748627974
eISBN:
9780748651184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627974.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Cartoons have the ability to challenge the dominant conversations of the mainstream television programming. Hence, animated sitcom serves as an ideal position to present alternative and even ... More


Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Dustin Tahmahkera

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618685
eISBN:
9781469618708
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

Beginning with the iconic Indian Head test pattern, which followed television station sign-offs and preceded sign-ons from the mid-1940s through the 1970s, representations of Native Peoples have been ... More


Bring the Payne: The Erasure of the Black Sitcom and the Emergence of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne

Artel Great

in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807045
eISBN:
9781496807083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Continuing a television studies analysis of Perry, Artel Great argues in Chapter Eight that from both a critical and an industrial perspective, the sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne(TBS, 2006-2012) ... More


‘Careful now’: Graham Linehan – a case study in post-alternative sitcom

Leon Hunt

in Cult British TV comedy: From Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719083778
eISBN:
9781781705865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719083778.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines the sitcom work of Graham Linehan, writer and/or co-writer of Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. Like Reeves and Mortimer (but in a different way) Linehan’s work ... More


New Frontier Televisions

Dustin Tahmahkera

in Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618685
eISBN:
9781469618708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This chapter focuses on John F. Kennedy's New Frontier relationship with TV sitcoms. Kennedy's New Frontier concentrated on issues concerning the survival, treaty rights, self-determination, tribal ... More


The Neo-Indian in King of the Hill

Dustin Tahmahkera

in Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618685
eISBN:
9781469618708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This chapter describes the popularity, televisual heritage, political representations, and audience reception of the animated sitcom King of the Hill. The portrayal of John Redcorn in the animated ... More


Sitcom Sovereignty in Mixed Blessings

Dustin Tahmahkera

in Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618685
eISBN:
9781469618708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This chapter focuses on the indigenous and intercultural family sitcom Mixed Blessings, created by Drew Hayden Taylor in 2006. With Mixed Blessings, Taylor expanded the indigenous sitcom ... More


Sign-off: Digital Test Patterns

Dustin Tahmahkera

in Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618685
eISBN:
9781469618708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This chapter summarizes the analysis of indigenous and nonindigenous representations that collide, converge, and are creatively adjusted and readjusted by generations of sitcom producers. Indigenous ... More


Decolonized Viewing, Decolonizing Views

Dustin Tahmahkera

in Tribal Televisions: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781469618685
eISBN:
9781469618708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618685.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

This introductory chapter explains the representational adjustments and readjustments of indigenous people in popular culture. It focuses on North American sitcoms such as I Love Lucy and Moose TV, ... More


Why 30 Rock Rocks and the Office Needs Some Work: The Role of Time/Space in Contemporary TV Sitcoms

Colin Irvine

in Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032936
eISBN:
9781617032943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter, which examines what exactly constitutes the situation in a situation comedy; the features of the typical sitcom situation that make it humorous; and the importance of coherence for a ... More


Change the Structure, Change the Story: How I Met your Mother and the Reformulation of the Television Romance

Molly Brost

in Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032936
eISBN:
9781617032943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter examines how romantic storylines are affected by strategic alterations in temporal flow. How I Met Your Mother began with a unique premise: in a flashback from the year 2030, a ... More


From Sitcoms to ‘Parody-corns’: Writing for American TV, 1949–89

Alex Symons

in Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries: Survival and Prolonged Adaptation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748649587
eISBN:
9780748676484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748649587.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Brooks's most innovative contributions to the American sitcom tradition were his two final shows, When Things Were Rotten and The Nutt House (NBC, 1989). Here Brooks took the sitcom tradition in a ... More


Conclusion: Family Matters

Kathryn Lofton

in Consuming Religion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226481937
eISBN:
9780226482125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226482125.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The book's conclusion argues that the commodification of the family is at the heart of the consumer culture of religion. In order to resist the hold of consumer life, the family must be reimagined as ... More


Sitcom Cinema: Case Studies in Convergence

in Spanish Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312014
eISBN:
9781846315732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846312014.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines sitcom cinema in Spain. It explores the specificity of humour in Spain and the ambivalent relationship between comic film and television. The chapter also discusses the ... More


Prime Time, Good Times

Aniko Bodroghkozy

in Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036682
eISBN:
9780252093784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036682.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter explores how the CBS family sitcom Good Times turned into an important site of contestation and struggle over questions of “blackness,” the black family, “authenticity,” and ... More


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