MASH was designed as a ‘black comedy’ set during the Korean War. It was really a thinly veiled critique of the war in Vietnam, which was raging at the time.
Bob Saget, top left, was affectionately called ‘America’s Dad’ for his role as Danny Tanner in the sitcom ‘Full House.’
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A contrast to the bumbling and immature fathers commonly found on sitcoms, Bob Saget’s character on ‘Full House’ reflected a shift in expectations of fatherhood that began in the late 1970s.
From ‘Father Knows Best’ to ‘D'oh!’
Dads are taking parenting much more seriously. But according to a study of sitcoms, the stereotype of the foolish father remains stubbornly in place.
Never get’s old: dad’s Army.
In times like these, sometimes having a good laugh is the only thing to do.
Pictured from left to right are ‘Friends’ cast members Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer.
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Since ‘Friends’ premiered 25 years ago, both the television industry and the sitcom genre have undergone huge transformations.
The dominant reading of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984” has been that it was a dire prediction of what could be.
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In the year 1984, there was self-congratulatory coverage that the dystopia of the novel had not been realized. However, an expert argues that the technologies described in the novel are here and watching us.
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Climate change is mentioned in British television about as often as zombies.
The cast made it through 279 episodes.
A physicist reflects on the show’s made-up Nobel Prize-winning theory of ‘super asymmetry’ along with how the series showcased authentic science and role models for future STEM students.
Will and Grace are out of retirement – along with a host of other TV characters.
‘Will & Grace,’ ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Fuller House,’ ‘Arrested Development’ – the list goes on. If we’re in the midst of a TV renaissance, why are networks and their viewers looking to the past?
Roseanne Barr at an event for the 75th Golden Globe Awards this year.
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The decision to cancel the series – and remove it from air in Australia – demonstrates there is a clear line that even money can’t cross.
Popular sitcoms like Modern Family avoid reflecting on wider economic realities: Roseanne has filled a void.
When it debuted in 1988, Roseanne was a breath of fresh air against the conservative middle class family sitcoms then on air. Its reboot in 2018 feels just as relevant.
Humour doesn’t often age well. But some comedy can adapt to changing social mores.
Guz Khan manages to set up his gags so that we laugh with him, not at him.
Blackadder Goes Forth: better than your average sitcom.
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In his recent Ronnie Barker Memorial Lecture, the comedian and writer said social media and technology are killing traditional TV comedy. Not so.