Chapter

Introduction

Brett Mills

in The Sitcom

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637515
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637515.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter outlines the key ways sitcom has been, and can be, analysed. It shows how important sitcom is to worldwide broadcasting, by looking at a range of programming and its roles within particular channels and schedules. The social role of the sitcom is explored, especially as television as a domestic medium that unites large, national audiences. This chapter therefore shows how the sitcom can be used to explore television as a whole, and the social roles of broadcasting and humour.

Keywords: Genre; Domestic; History

Chapter.  10469 words. 

Subjects: Television

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