“Sophisticated Daring” and Political Cowardice

in Revel with a Cause

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226431642
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226431659 | DOI:
“Sophisticated Daring” and Political Cowardice

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By the early 1960s, network television executives had begun to capitalize on the growing popularity of satiric entertainment among affluent middle-class Americans by offering programs such as The Bob Newhart Show and Rocky and His Friends. This chapter examines the television comedy that attempted to harness the critical spirit of liberal satire—NBC's That Was the Week That Was. The show addressed pressing social and political issues, but was in the end compromised by the cowardice of network executives.

Keywords: network television; satire; television comedy; That Was the Week That Was; social issues; political issues

Chapter.  17111 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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