Television Sitcom : A Tv Sitcom

1635 WordsMay 10, 20167 Pages
In a 1988 BBC ‘network’ examination the former Chief Executive of Channel 4 Jeremy Isaccs said of sitcom “It is a form in which it is impossible to bring new work. It is the most conventional form in British television,”(Neale & Krutnik, 1990) while this comment is nearly 30 years old I feel Isaccs point still stands. Since television 's rise to dominance in the 50’s and 60’s television sitcom hadn’t progressed much from their radio sitcom forerunners, by the 1980’s the cliche and the tropes were so ingrained in British culture that it could have been viewed as a tired old medium. However I would argue that the archetypes, cliches and tropes that may seem old hat are actually the key to the successful rise of the surreal and post-modern…show more content…
In writing about the translation of The Office Jim Benson notes that studios were being a bit precatious in developing a new wave of sitcoms as comedy had seen a slump in the decade before unable to emulate the success of Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends and Seinfeld. This slump in interest from the US market was believed to be because the modern viewer didn 't have the same connection the family home life and domestic situations as the generation before, therefore just like Neale and Krutnik pointed out something new had to be added into the mix. Benson states that the US networks tried to tap into the “obsession with Ultra-long work weeks, technology and pop-culture.” This almost satirical view of society is best explored in the office as the representation of ‘real people’ is both subtle and extreme blurring the lines between surreal and factual. The Simpsons (Fox, 1989) is America’s longest running sitcom, the youtube channel ‘Now You See It’ suggests that this is because of “The Perfect Balance.” (Now You See It, 2015) The use of classic sitcom techniques such as sincere lessons revolving around relatable topics like home life, religion and the workplace teamed with ‘cartoon’ humour allows for The Simpsons to both make us laugh and make us empathise with the characters in a way other
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