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1 541 TELEVISION HUMOR: Sit Coms & Late Night TV by Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen

2 542 TV Critic

3 543 Ten Top Sit Coms of All Time 1. Seinfeld 2. Friends 3. Scrubs 4. My Hero 5. The Vicar of Dibley 6. The Simpsons 7. Frasier 8. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 9. The King of Queens 10. Everybody Loves Raymond (Thelen ENG 414 PowerPoint)

4 544 How Sophisticated is Seinfeld? IN ONE EPISODE THERE ARE FOUR PRIMARY STORY ARCS: 1.Jerry and his toys 2.George and his animals 3.Elaine and the sidler 4.Kramer and the Merv Griffin Set (Note that the Merve Griffen set was found in a dumpster. Note also that this episode is scripted for Kramer (like the original Merv Griffin), but unscripted for everyone else) Seinfeld: Kramer and the Merv Griffin Set: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxhs-O_9BLc

5 545 Drew Carey

6 546 Family Guy

7 547 Friends

8 548 Kelsey Grammer as Frasier

9 549 The Office

10 5410 Ray Ramono

11 5411 Scrubs

12 5412 Jerry Seinfeld

13 5413 The Simpsons

14 5414 Southpark

15 5415 Sit Coms: An Overview Take a few stereotyped characters whose views/interests/inclinations are discordant; place them in a context of interaction from which they cannot escape; set in motion a course of events which leads them to formulate interpretations which clash, but without serious consequences; vary the action from one episode to another, but maintain the setting and the underlying patterns of conduct; provide clear and repeated signals of humorous intent; and arrange each episode in the form of a prolonged joke sequence with an unexpected semantic reversal at the end. (Mulkay 183-184). (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 5)

16 5416 Types of Sit Coms Anne Spangler classes sit coms by –Setting: workplace, home… –Main Characters: single, women, black… –Tone: warmedy, dramedy, surreal… Leo Charney classes sit coms as: –Family Sitcoms: The Goldbergs, Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne… –Friends-as-Family Sitcoms: Seinfeld, Friends, Threes Company, Cheers, Golden Girls… –Workplace Sitcoms: Cheers, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Office… (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 10)

17 5417 Rick Mitzs Categories Careercoms Cheers, Dick Van Dyke Show Corncoms The Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith Couplecoms I Love Lucy Domcoms: Father Knows Best Ethnicoms The Goldbergs, Sanford and Son Kidcoms: Leave lt To Beaver Scificoms Alf, Morc Servicecoms: M*A*S*H, N.C.I.S. (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 11)

18 5418 Static vs. Dynamic Sit Coms Seinfeld and Friends demonstrate the two poles of the sitcoms development: the show on which no one changes versus the show on which everyone changes. (Charney 599-600) (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 7)

19 5419 Static Sit Coms The static sitcom, sticks to its expected characters and themes. On Seinfeld, Jerry, Elaine, George, Kramer, and above all, Jerrys nemesis Newman have a great deal in common with such never- changing cartoon icons as Bugs Bunny and Road Runner, constantly bringing the same traits to the same situations. (Charney 599-600) (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 7)

20 5420 Dynamic Sitcoms Friends, Sex and the City, and Mad About You are dynamic sitcoms, with their long arcs of character evolution and carefully worked-out resolutions. They are a hybrid between the sitcom and the soap opera. The characters age, change, and grow as they would in real life. (Charney 599-600) (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 7)

21 5421 Sitcoms: Some Analogies There are military sitcoms, school based sitcoms, comedies that feature aliens from abroad as far as Mars and Ork, ethnic shows, urban and rural shows, and work-place comedies. All the familiar character types of American humor from the wise fools of the colonial and early national literature to the little men of comic strips, silent film, and journalism, to con men and tricksters are featured in sitcoms. (Mintz in Raskin [2008] 295)

22 5422 Pre-TV: Radio Sit Coms Amos n Andy first aired in 1928, and was adapted for TV in 1951. Amos n Andy came out of the minstrelsy tradition, and came to television as blackface comedy. It was cancelled after two seasons. (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 9)

23 5423 Amos n Andy (1930s Radio) (1951-1952 TV)

24 5424

25 5425 Molly Goldberg Molly Goldberg first aired on radio in 1929 and was adapted for TV in 1949. After five years on TV, it was cancelled. It represented a middle-class Jewish family living in an apartment in the Bronx. (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 9)

26 5426 The Goldbergs (1930s Radio) (1949-1953 TV)

27 5427

28 5428 Sit Com Zeitgeists 1950s: Traditional Families –Nuclear family –White, Suburban, Patriarchal –Conventional Stereotypes: businessman dad, stay-at-home mom, good-hearted and law-abiding children –Examples: Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 12)

29 5429 Mayberry RFD (1950s TV)

30 5430 The Addams Family: Lurch (1950s TV)

31 5431 1960s: Beginnings of Diversity Nuclear Families (Dick Van Dyke Show) Fantastic Families: The Munsters, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie Single Parents: My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show Single Working Women: That Girl, Julia, Hazel (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 12)

32 5432 The Munsters (1960s TV)

33 5433 Beverly Hillbillies (1960s TV)

34 5434 1970s: Controversial with Social Awareness Wholesome Families: Happy Days, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie Crass, Bigoted, Racist Families: All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons Feminist Sit Coms: Mary Tyler Moore Show Sex-Liberation: Threes Company Blended Families: Brady Bunch, Diffrent Strokes Taboo subjects like abortion, rape, interfaith marriage, poverty, antiwar sentiment are treated (Brooks 87) (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 13)

35 5435 Alf (1970s TV)

36 5436 All in the Family (1970s TV)

37 5437 The Brady Bunch (1970s TV)

38 5438 1980s: Realism & Variation Wholesome Sitcoms, some with Dual Career Marriages: The Cosby Show Animated Sitcoms: The Simpsons Rude, Crass, & Blue-Collar Sitcoms: Married…with Children, Roseanne Children tend to be independent; there are different types of families in terms of fathers, mothers, race, etc. (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 14)

39 5439 The Cosby Show (1980s TV)

40 5440 The Simpsons (1980s TV)

41 5441

42 5442 Golden Girls (1980s TV)

43 5443 Roseanne (1980s TV)

44 5444 1990s & 2000s: Few Taboos & Total Diversity Family: Home Improvement Animated: Beavis & Butt-head, Southpark, King of the Hill Teen Audience: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Dawsons Creek, Malcolm in the Middle Single, Working Women: Will & Grace, Sex and the City Character Development & Growth: Seinfeld Sixty-Minute Format: Ally McBeal (Morrison PowerPoint [2009]: 16)

45 5445 Family Guy (1990s TV)

46 5446 Friends (2000s TV)

47 5447 Home Improvement (1990s TV)

48 5448 Seinfeld (1990s TV)

49 5449

50 5450 Ally McBeal (2000s TV)

51 5451 SITCOM WEB SITES 30 ROCK: http://www.nbc.com/30_Rock/ AMERICAN DAD: http://www.fox.com/americandad/ BETTER OFF TED: http://abc.go.com/shows/better-off-ted THE BIG BANG THEORY: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/big_bang_theory/ DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: http://abc.go.com/primetime/desperate/

52 5452 CHEERS: http://www.tv.com/cheers/show/66/summary.html COMMUNITY: http://www.nbc.com/community/ THE COSBY SHOW: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086687/ CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: http://www.hbo.com/larrydavid/ DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: http://abc.bo.com/primetime/desperate/ EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/everybody_loves_raymond/

53 5453 THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS: http://www.nick.com/shows/the_fairly_oddparents/index.jhtml FAMILY GUY: http://www.familyguy.com/ FRASIER: http://www.tv.com/frasier/show/70/summary.html THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098800/ FRIENDS: http://www2.warnerbros.com/friendstv/container.html FULL HOUSE: http://www.tv.com/fullhouse/show/1026/summary.html

54 54 FUTURAMA: http://search.msn.com/video/results.aspx?q=futurama&FORM=VDRE THE GOLDEN GIRLS: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088526/ GROWING PAINS: http://www.tv.com/growingpains/show/118/summary.html HOME IMPROVEMENT: http://www.tv.com/home-improvement/show/635/summary.html ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: http://www.hulu.com/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia THE JEFFERSONS: http://www.tvland.com/shows/jeffersons/

55 5455 THE KING OF QUEENS: http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/shows/kingofqueens/ MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE: http://www.fox.com/malcolm/ MARRIED WITH CHILDREN: http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/shows/marriedwithchildren/ MAUDE: http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/M/htm1M/maude/maude.htm MY HERO: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/myhero/ MY NAME IS EARL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460091/

56 5456 THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/old_christine/ THE ODD COUPLE: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063374/ THE OFFICE: http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/ SCRUBS: http://www.nbc.com/Scrubs/ SEINFELD: http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/shows/seinfeld/ SEX AND THE CITY: http://www.hbo.com/city/

57 5457 THE SIMPSONS: http://www.thesimpsons.com/index.html SISTER, SISTER: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108927/ SOUTH PARK: http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/155394/?tab=featured SPIN CITY: http://abc.go.com/primetime/spincity/ SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS: http://www.nickelodeon.com.au/toonroom/sponge/menu.php STEVE HARVEY: http://www.steveharvey.com/

58 5458 STILL STANDING: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/still_standing/ THAT 70S SHOW: http://www.that70sshow.com/ TWO AND A HALF MEN: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/two_and_a_half_men/ TYLER PERRYS HOUSE OF PAYNE: http://www.tbs.com/shows/houseofpayne/ THE VICAR OF DIBLEY: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qgfj WAR AT HOME: http://www.fox.com/warathome/ THE WINNER: http://www.fox.com/winner/

59 5459 !!Late Night Television Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert

60 5460 !!!Greg Beato writes in Amusing us to Depth Multiple Surveys by the Pew Research Center and the Annenberg Public Policy Center have found that viewers of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are among Americas most informed citizens. (390)

61 5461 !!!TALK SHOW WEB SITES ADAM CAROLLA: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004805/ STEPHEN COLBERT: THE COLBERT REPORT: http://www.colbertnation.com/home JIMMY FALLON: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/ CRAIG FERGUSON: http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/

62 5462 CHELSEA LATELY (CHELSEA HANDLER): http://www.eonline.com/on/shows/chelsea/index.jsp DAVID LETTERMAN: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/ JIMMY KIMMELL: http://abc.go.com/latenight/jimmykimmel/index?pn=index JAY LENO: http://www.nbc.com/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/

63 5463 DEMETRI MARTIN: http://www.demetrimartin.com CONAN OBRIEN: http://www.tonightshowwithconanobrien.com/ SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/ SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: http://sarahblog.comedycentral.com/ JON STEWART: THE DAILY SHOW: http://www.thedailyshow.com/

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