Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time

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The most beloved, most groundbreaking, and most entertaining TV comedies of all time are celebrated in words and pictures—many of them rare—by the award-winning authors of Broadway Musicals.

In 101 lively chapters and lots of special features, the authors of Broadway Musicals explore our favorite form of popular entertainment—the TV situation comedy. Of the many hundreds of shows that have debuted over TV's 60-year history, the authors have carefully selected the most ...

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Overview


The most beloved, most groundbreaking, and most entertaining TV comedies of all time are celebrated in words and pictures—many of them rare—by the award-winning authors of Broadway Musicals.

In 101 lively chapters and lots of special features, the authors of Broadway Musicals explore our favorite form of popular entertainment—the TV situation comedy. Of the many hundreds of shows that have debuted over TV's 60-year history, the authors have carefully selected the most influential, popular, and enduring ones, from Gilligan's Island to Seinfeld, I Love Lucy to Will and Grace, creating a history of the medium that goes beyond stats and trivia to reveal all that goes into the creation of classic television, from the writing and all-important casting to the directing and, of course, the acting.

Each chapter of Sitcoms features numerous photos, many rare and behind-the-scenes, along with cast lists, artists' biographies, "off-set" tidbits, critical commentary, and all of the relevant statistics. Special features cover such topics as famous unseen characters, sitcom pets, spin-offs, sitcoms made from movies, and many more. It's a visual and informative feast for TV lovers, from nostalgia buffs to the TV Land generation.

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What People Are Saying

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"I am very proud to be included in your new book. I know the whole Brady Bunch is thrilled."–Florence Henderson

"If you grew up glued to a TV set, as I did, you won’t be able to put this book down. Bloom and Vlastnik have done their homework well, providing not just facts and figures but anecdotes and lore about television’s most enduring half-hour comedies" -Leonard Maltin, Leonard's Picks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579127527
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/20/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 421,041
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author


Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik are the co-authors of Sitcoms.  Bloom is the author of The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs; Jerry Herman: The Lyrics; and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music, among other books. He lives in New York City.

Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original casts of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He lives in New York City.

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