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Janet Staiger confronts the issue of the popularity of TV sitcoms and comes up with surprising results. A must-read for classes in television and popular culture. Everyone involved in teaching or observing U. TV culture—and on some level, most of us are—should read this book. In the process, she makes a vivid contribution to the cultural study of television and signals important directions for future research. Weaving together research on audience, TV's promotional strategies, industry perspectives, and the diverse ingredients of comedy, Staiger crafts a vivid landscape of our common cultural pleasures.
Janet Staiger teaches cultural, gender, sexuality, and media studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her recent books are Perverse Spectators: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Read more Read less.
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Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with anxiety? Treating the four shows as case studies, she deftly balances factual explanations for instance, the impact of VCRs and cable on network domination of TV with more interpretative ones for example, the transformation of The Beverly Hillbillies from a popular show detested by the critics, to a blockbuster after its elevation as the critics' darling , and juxtaposes industry-based reasons for example, the ways in which TV shows derive success from placement in the weekly programming schedule with stylistic explanations how, for instance, certain shows create pleasure from a repetition and variation of a formula.
Staiger concludes that because of changes in the industry, these shows were a phenomenon that may never be repeated. And while the western or the night-time soap has at times captured public attention, Blockbuster TV maintains that the sitcom has been THE genre to attract people to the tube, and that without understanding the sitcom, we can't properly understand the role of television in our culture.
Janet Staiger confronts the issue of the popularity of TV sitcoms and comes up with surprising results.
A must-read for classes in television and popular culture. Weaving together research on audience, TV's promotional strategies, industry perspectives, and the diverse ingredients of comedy, Staiger crafts a vivid landscape of our common cultural pleasures.
Everyone involved in teaching or observing U. TV culture—and on some level, most of us are—should read this book. Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 3 of 4. Physical Description xiii, p. Subjects Television comedies -- United States. Situation comedies Television programs -- United States. Television comedies -- United States -- History and criticism.
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