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Introduction mary m. dalton and laura r. linder sitcoms have been one of the most popul ar forms of programming since the earliest days of television. Although pundits periodically proclaim that the genre is dead or dying, it is clear to us that sitcoms are quite healthy. Not only are conventional, live-action sitcoms among the most popular series of several networks' primetime schedules, but such inventive hybrids as The Office are taking the familiar form in new directions as well. Furthermore, syndicated sitcoms from various eras are mainstays of broadcast and cable stations at all hours of the day and night. Sitcoms are not only surviving; they are thriving. When we distributed a call for our 2005 anthology The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed, we were not surprised by the enthusiastic response from scholars and the large number of abstracts and completed chapters submitted, but we were a bit surprised by the strong interest among scholars in animated sitcoms. From those submissions alone, we could have produced interesting, singular anthologies on The Simpsons and on South Park as well as a third covering other animated series. Several chapters in the completed volume deal with shows such as The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

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Abstract

mary m. dalton and laura r. linder sitcoms have been one of the most popul ar forms of programming since the earliest days of television. Although pundits periodically proclaim that the genre is dead or dying, it is clear to us that sitcoms are quite healthy. Not only are conventional, live-action sitcoms among the most popular series of several networks' primetime schedules, but such inventive hybrids as The Office are taking the familiar form in new directions as well. Furthermore, syndicated sitcoms from various eras are mainstays of broadcast and cable stations at all hours of the day and night. Sitcoms are not only surviving; they are thriving. When we distributed a call for our 2005 anthology The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed, we were not surprised by the enthusiastic response from scholars and the large number of abstracts and completed chapters submitted, but we were a bit surprised by the strong interest among scholars in animated sitcoms. From those submissions alone, we could have produced interesting, singular anthologies on The Simpsons and on South Park as well as a third covering other animated series. Several chapters in the completed volume deal with shows such as The

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 16, 2009

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