A Brief History of Chinese Situation Comedies

Di Miao

in TV Drama in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099401
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207646 | DOI:
A Brief History of Chinese Situation Comedies

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This chapter examines the development of Chinese situation comedies, beginning with Stories from an Editorial Office (Bianjibu de gushi, 1992) in the early 1990s. It then discusses how the US sitcom format was utilized and modified in the mid-1990s in shows produced and directed by Ying Da, who was an influential figure in the development of the sitcom genre in China. The chapter examines two sitcoms produced by Ying Da: I Love my Family (Wo ai wo jia, 1993) and Chinese Restaurant (Zhongguo canguan, 1998).

Keywords: situation comedies; Editorial Office; Ying Da; sitcom; Chinese Restaurant

Chapter.  4814 words. 

Subjects: Television

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