Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

by Saul Austerlitz

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Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community by Saul Austerlitz

The form is so elemental, so basic, that we have difficulty imagining a time before it existed: a single set, fixed cameras, canned laughter, zany sidekicks, quirky family antics. Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed.

            In this book we can watch the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from Lucy to The Phil Silvers Show; from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show; from M*A*S*H to Taxi; from Cheers to Roseanne; from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm; and from The Larry Sanders Show to 30 Rock.

            In twenty-four episodes, Sitcom surveys the history of the form, and functions as both a TV mixtape of fondly remembered shows that will guide us to notable series and larger trends, and a carefully curated guided tour through the history of one of our most treasured art forms. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613743843
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,226,394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Saul Austerlitz is the author of Another Fine Mess: A History of the American Film Comedy, named by Booklist as one of the ten best arts books of 2010, and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Slate, and elsewhere.

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