Chapter

Audiences

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/9780748637515.003.0005
Audiences

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This chapter argues the sitcom is an especially important genre for thinking about television audiences because comedy is a form of communication that relies on audience response for its effect. The chapter examines sitcom tropes such as the laugh track, to examine how the audience is signalled within the genre. It also explores audience reactions via complaints, and examines what such complaints tell us about audience expectations for the genre. This is also linked to issues of broadcasting regulations. The chapter draws on primary research with comedy audiences carried out for this book.

Keywords: Laugh Track; Regulation; UK And USA Audiences; Pleasure

Chapter.  10266 words. 

Subjects: Television

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