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Introduction

Introduction mary m. dalton and laura r. linder sitcoms have been one of the most discursive context. Close readings of several popul ar forms of programming since the episodes of South Park alongside concurrent earliest days of television. Although pundits cultural events bolster their argument that “the periodically proclaim that the genre is dead or program’s integration of offensive humor into dying, it is clear to us that sitcoms are quite contemporaneous media discussions of ethnic healthy. Not only are conventional, live-action prejudice works to show such prejudice as a sitcoms among the most popular series of sev- systematic, social problem, not one that can be eral networks’ primetime schedules, but such blamed on certain ‘bad’ individuals,” but the inventive hybrids as The Office are taking the authors also acknowledge that the openness of familiar form in new directions as well. Further- the issues presented on the show leaves space more, syndicated sitcoms from various eras are at times for the positions of the prejudiced mainstays of broadcast and cable stations at all characters to remain unchallenged. Ultimately, hours of the day and night. Sitcoms are not only Sienkiewicz and Marx provide a useful frame- surviving; they are thriving. work http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

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University of Illinois Press
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1934-6018

Abstract

mary m. dalton and laura r. linder sitcoms have been one of the most discursive context. Close readings of several popul ar forms of programming since the episodes of South Park alongside concurrent earliest days of television. Although pundits cultural events bolster their argument that “the periodically proclaim that the genre is dead or program’s integration of offensive humor into dying, it is clear to us that sitcoms are quite contemporaneous media discussions of ethnic healthy. Not only are conventional, live-action prejudice works to show such prejudice as a sitcoms among the most popular series of sev- systematic, social problem, not one that can be eral networks’ primetime schedules, but such blamed on certain ‘bad’ individuals,” but the inventive hybrids as The Office are taking the authors also acknowledge that the openness of familiar form in new directions as well. Further- the issues presented on the show leaves space more, syndicated sitcoms from various eras are at times for the positions of the prejudiced mainstays of broadcast and cable stations at all characters to remain unchallenged. Ultimately, hours of the day and night. Sitcoms are not only Sienkiewicz and Marx provide a useful frame- surviving; they are thriving. work

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 16, 2009

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