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The Greatest Sitcoms Of All Time

Author : Martin Gitlin
ISBN : 9780810887251
Genre : Performing Arts
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Since the advent of network television, situation comedies have been a staple of prime-time programming. In this book, Martin Gitlin has assembled the top 70 sitcoms in television history. The rankings were based on such factors as longevity, ratings, awards, humor, impact, and legacy. Iconic programs such as I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Leave it to Beaver join contemporary shows The Simpsons, Arrested Development, and Family Guy on the list. Each entry contains a comprehensive compilation of information, including cast members, a list of characters, air dates, ratings, notable episodes, awards, and more. Sure to inspire debate, The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time is the first book to rank the best sitcoms in television history.

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Author : Stephen Winzenburg
ISBN : 1413725678
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TV's Greatest Sitcoms is the first comprehensive look at the top situation comedies of the past six decades. From the early hits of I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver to revolutionary '70s comedies like All in the Family and M*A*S*H, it includes classic recent success stories from Seinfeld to The Osbournes. In all, the book covers over 150 comedies including "The 20 Most Influential Sitcoms of All Time." Behind-the-scenes stories include the author's personal discussions with comedy greats like Mary Tyler Moore, Eddie Albert from Green Acres, Shelly Fabares of Coach, Alan Young from Mr. Ed, and the actors who played Beaver Cleaver, Eddie Haskell, Mike Seaver, Greg Brady, Elly Mae Clampett, Goober Pyle, and Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island. Get the inside story on the death of the sitcom format in 1983 and its resurrection with The Cosby Show or the daycare roots of popular modern comedies like Friends. The book uses ratings information to prove that more people watched The Munsters and Gilligan's Island than any comedy on TV today and debunks the opinion that The Simpsons is now the longest-running comedy in television history. The book also names the ten "worst sitcoms of all time" and the actors who have appeared in the most situation comedy flops.

Seinfeld Master Of Its Domain

Author : David Lavery
ISBN : 0826418023
Genre : Performing Arts
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Includes articles on the show by Geoffrey O'Brien and Bill Wyman, and a selection of essays by television scholars in the US - looking at issues of Seinfeld's Jewishness, alleged nihilism, food obsession, and long-running syndication. This work covers a comprehensive episode guide, and Betty Lee's lexicon of Seinfeld language.

Sitcoms

Author : Ken Bloom
ISBN : 1579127525
Genre : Performing Arts
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Describes one hundred and one of the most influential, popular, and enduring sitcoms, discussing their actors, creators, plots, running length, and appeal.

The Top 100 American Situation Comedies

Author : Mitchell E. Shapiro
ISBN : 9781476664040
Genre : Performing Arts
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A number of books and articles have been written ranking the best situation comedies of all time. These have all had something in common--subjective criteria based on the authors' opinions. This book attempts an objective ranking of the best 100 American sitcoms, based on a mathematical formula taking into account four factors: ratings, longevity, peer acceptance and spawning of other programs (spin-offs). The authors considered a field of 377 series which met at least one of four criteria: aired for at least three seasons; rated among top 30 series in at least one season; received at least one major Emmy nomination; or spawned at least one other series. A critical essay is provided for each series, along with air dates and cast listings.

Classic Sitcoms

Author : Vince Waldron
ISBN : 1879505258
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A guide to the ten best sitcoms as determined by TV critics offers background information on each program, anecdotes from the stars, and storylines for every episode of each program

Tv The Book

Author : Alan Sepinwall
ISBN : 9781455588206
Genre : Performing Arts
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Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible? For twenty years-since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper-critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these questions and many more, but it all ultimately boils down to this: What's the greatest TV show ever? That debate reaches an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history. Using a complex, obsessively all- encompassing scoring system, they've created a Pantheon of top TV shows, each accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great. From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, from huge hits like All in the Family and ER to short-lived favorites like Firefly and Freaks and Geeks, TV (THE BOOK) will bring the triumphs of the small screen together in one amazing compendium. Sepinwall and Seitz's argument has ended. Now it's time for yours to begin!

The Platinum Age Of Television

Author : David Bianculli
ISBN : 9780385540285
Genre : Social Science
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Television today is better than ever. From The Sopranos to Breaking Bad, Sex and the City to Girls, and Modern Family to Louie, never has so much quality programming dominated our screens. Exploring how we got here, acclaimed TV critic David Bianculli traces the evolution of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series, the medical drama, and the variety show. In each genre he selects five key examples of the form to illustrate its continuities and its dramatic departures. Drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history, Bianculli shows how the medium has evolved into the premier form of visual narrative art. Includes interviews with: MEL BROOKS, MATT GROENING, DAVID CHASE, KEVIN SPACEY, AMY SCHUMER, VINCE GILLIGAN, AARON SORKIN, MATTHEW WEINER, JUDD APATOW, LOUIS C.K., DAVID MILCH, DAVID E. KELLEY, JAMES L. BROOKS, LARRY DAVID, KEN BURNS, LARRY WILMORE, AND MANY, MANY MORE

The Eight Characters Of Comedy

Author : Scott Sedita
ISBN : 0977064123
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Eight Characters of Comedy is the "How-To" guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers' rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. Now, in it's exciting SECOND EDITION, renowned acting coach and bestselling author Scott Sedita gives you even MORE advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you'll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms, and his acclaimed comedic technique "The Sedita Method"!Most importantly, you will be introduced to his famous sitcom character archetypes, which will help you build your niche in half-hour comedy...The Eight Characters of Comedy!Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One? Why do we love The Lovable Loser? Why is The Neurotic a favorite for actors and writers? How do you play The Dumb One smart? Who are the biggest Bitch/Bastards? What drives The Materialistic Ones? Why is The Womanizer/Manizer so popular? How can you realistically write and play someone In Their Own Universe?The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all these questions and more, with UPDATED EXAMPLES from current and classic sitcoms, and from many of the greatest sitcom characters and actors of all time! After reading this book, you WILL be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy!

Funny You Should Ask

Author : Scott Lewellen
ISBN : 9781476602257
Genre : Performing Arts
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"This oral history of television sitcom offers the perspectives of 22 of the best and most prolific early comedy writers. The book documents insider knowledge and gives the reader a better understanding of what makes great television comedy. The writers' observations about the changes that took place and help explain why television comedy has evolved in recent years"--

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