week 6-sitcoms

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week 6-sitcoms 29/09/2008 19:59:00 Comic characters: the Innocent, the Fool, and the Scoundrel WWII and Depression depicted postive contribution of manual labor The 1950s and 1960s Many of the first sitcoms were radio shows Use of film was breakthrough-able to have reruns and syndication Working Class: Father was a fool; mother and children were more mature Middle class: Both parents calm and affable-compared to hysteria of comedy Occupational success of men; buttressed their class status Occasionally other was a fool 1960s-superparents also some rural nostalgia The 1970s and 1980s Working class Less idyllic Modified situation comedies Problems such as racism, abortion, poverty
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Race worked as the equivalent of class-lower statuses interchangeable for creating dramatic fool Middle Class: Parents fallible, but regained control of the problem Irreverence towards professionals and experts Early 1980s-still questioned upper-mid-professionals and authority Mid 1980s-returned to super parent tradition Who’s the boss-gender reversal-succeeding at what gender was not supposed to Postmodern: Late 80s and 1990s VCRs and communication satellites introduced FCC realized rules in place on language More shows with black performers; sassier scripts Working Class Not as postmodern-still depicted decades-old character types-ruder, grosser Of 53 new sitcoms from 1990-1999, 16 featured working class families Middle class All forms and sizes-Divorce and quirky personalities, offbeat parents typical of mid- class Still warm and comforting parents despite quirkiness-super parent Fathers/husbands portrayed less positively o Possibly due to inc. in women screenwriters and production execs Showed men as imperfect, but not stereotypical like in working class o Still intellectually superior, but also emotionally confused and somewhat childish 2000s: Looking for unconventional characters/situations to please changing demographics and prevent the decline Still no return to positive male leads
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29/09/2008 19:59:00 Does Chappelle's comedy also bring hack hated language of decades past into common discourse through cable television?
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Low have network creative or political decisiolls impacted the black artist? Docs cable television facilitate or deter the black performer, and in what
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