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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


Broadcast Comedy

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748627998
eISBN:
9780748671205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The Scots have a long history of comic writing and comic performance, from Harry Lauder to Billy Connolly. In this chapter the way in which broadcasting initially looked to music hall and variety for ... More


Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295049
eISBN:
9780520967946
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295049.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

Jack Benny became one of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century - by being the top radio comedian, when the comics ruled radio, and radio was the most powerful and pervasive mass ... 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


Masculinity and Popular Television

Rebecca Feasey

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748627974
eISBN:
9780748651184
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627974.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The author of this book reads the depiction of masculinity in the soap opera, homosexuality in the situation comedy, fatherhood in prime-time animation, emerging manhood in the supernatural teen ... 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


Taboos in Television: The James Mactaggart Lecture 1978

Norman Lear

in Television Policy: The MacTaggart Lectures

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617173
eISBN:
9780748671113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617173.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

In this lecture, the author, formerly a highly successful pioneer producer of situation comedies broadcast on American television during the 1970s, recalls the progress of television programmes, ... More


The Return-Based Mass Income Tax in Popular Culture

Lawrence Zelenak

in Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226018928
eISBN:
9780226019086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226019086.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter explores how radio and television situation comedies (from the 1940s to the present) and New Yorker cartoons (from the late 1920s to the present) have treated modern income tax. In the ... More


‘So long as you’re happy’: Life Is Sweet

Tony Whitehead

in Mike Leigh

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719072369
eISBN:
9781781703298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719072369.003.0030
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter illustrates Mike Leigh's feature film Life Is Sweet, an important development in Leigh's working life that came in 1989 when he formed the production company, Thin Man Films, with Simon ... More


Television/Gadget

Anthony Curtis Adler

in Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780823270798
eISBN:
9780823270842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270798.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

It’s bicycle repairman…; Dialectica gizmotica; The Trojan horse; The personal computer; Terror-vision; The Joker; Gigi Nip/Tuck; The Following; The Ring; House; Disjecta membra; Dexteri; Boogie ... More


You’re Gonna Make It After All: Helps Redefine Family

Judy Kutulas

in After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632919
eISBN:
9781469632933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632919.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The TV program, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, modelled new ways of being, not just for young, single working women, but for everybody who worked. The series taught a new workplace etiquette premised on ... More


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