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Unformatted text preview: Many TV shows were still performed live, which tended to make things much more exciting even than intended . Your average radio/TV drama series when not a soap, generally a detective or other 'mystery play' would seem crude to the point of absurdity today; most of the ancient cliches were by no means yet into Discredited Trope territory. More ambitious dramas, often based on high-end novels, were presented on anthology programs: essentially the Made-for-TV Movie as a weekly series. Comedy, meanwhile, was quietly undergoing a revolution, moving away from slapstick and 'big punchlines' toward a more cerebral, deadpan style, led by the likes of Bob & Ray , Stan Freberg and Ernie Kovacs. It would take some while before this was reflected on your average Sitcom , though....
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