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The More Things Change, The More Sitcoms Remain the Same

Laura R. Linder | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Laura R. Linder

While the popularity of the situation comedy may ebb and flow from decade to decade, there is no other type of television show that has been so popular over time.

The More Things Change, the More Sitcoms Remain the Same

Mary Dalton | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mary Dalton

Although many shows are rich with competing messages and opportunities to supply interpretations that conflict with dominant readings, television doesn't always tackle social issues as quickly as some viewers might like.

Where's Hannah Montana?

Rachael Stark | Posted 02.09.2014 | Fifty
Rachael Stark

Recently, my 9-year-old daughter stumbled upon the pop singer's controversial video, "Wrecking Ball." At first, Tamara, who is a veteran of the acclaimed Disney series and has committed every single episode to memory, was puzzled. "Mom, why is Hannah Montana swinging from a ball?"

A Pratfall Too Far

Mary Dalton | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Mary Dalton

Mike & Molly started with promise, settled into comfortable, and descended into being nearly unwatchable by making Molly, once a dedicated fourth grade teacher, into a careening mess.

Why Thanksgiving Is Never As Good As It Was on Friends

Michelle Higginson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michelle Higginson

Sure, your family may be dysfunctional enough to include a King of sarcasm, village idiot and neurotic fat-girl-slim. But no way do you have the resident weirdo, "it" girl and dino-loving dork to round out that quota. I mean, does your Turkey Day crew adorably drink (mocklate?) milkshakes together?

Motherhood and the Art of Crying on Cue

Kellie Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kellie Martin

When I was a teenager I worked on a show that was about a family. As with real families, my fictional family on "Life Goes On" had its ups and downs, and as part of the fictional downers, the actors were often called to cry on cue. This absolutely terrified me.

This Is What The 'Leave It To Beaver' Cast Looks Like Today

Posted 10.04.2013 | Fifty

It's been 56 years since a cute little munchkin named Theodore entered our lives as "The Beaver" in an all-American show about suburban family life. T...

From M*A*S*H to Last Man Standing: Can We Predict Sitcom Success?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2013 | TV
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

As Hollywood rolls out a new season of sitcoms, I couldn't help but wonder if there's a formula for success. Can seasoned hit sitcom writers predict what an audience will love? Are viewers fickle?

Meet Jodi Long AKA Ok Cha on Sullivan and Son

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 08.21.2013 | TV
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Sullivan and Son on TBS can be added to the list of shows that take us back to simplicity, not everything has to appear to be so damn realistic.

The Final Countdown to Arrested Development's Return

Millie Kerr | Posted 07.22.2013 | TV
Millie Kerr

Assuming you haven't prematurely blued yourself, grab some low carb popcorn (or frozen bananas) and join me in celebrating the much-anticipated Netflix series.

Seinfeld After 15 Years: A Rigorous Scientific Analysis

Lewis Krell | Posted 07.13.2013 | TV
Lewis Krell

Believe it or not, and you should believe it because no one starts a sentence that way and then follows it up with a lie, this week marks the 15-year anniversary of the Seinfeld finale.

To the Motherless on Mother's Day

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Since we have officially begun the late-April through mid-May greeting card industry wind-up to M-Day, I thought it only fair to say a word on behalf of those for whom Mother's Day is actually Motherless Day.

Ad-Friendly Sexcoms: The Mom Conundrum

Adrienne Becker | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Adrienne Becker

Men and women do talk, and think, about sex differently -- as they do about plenty of other subjects. The problem is that those differences nearly always skew toward the male POV when we package mass-market media products such as 22-minute TV shows.

Check This 'Ship' Out: The 9 Kinds of Sitcom Relationship that Make You Feel Even Lonelier

Hulu.com | Posted 04.15.2013 | Comedy
Hulu.com

There was never any REAL doubt that Leslie and Ben from Parks and Recreation would end up ecstatically engaged and planning a wedding catered by a waffle place.

The (Grim) State Of TV Comedies

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 04.03.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — The void you're looking at on your DVR is the sitcom landscape post-"30 Rock." When Tina Fey's bright, bouncy, irreverent showbiz se...

Inside The 'How I Met Your Mother' Proposal

Posted 12.18.2012 | Weddings

"How I Met Your Mother" fans were shocked last night when (caution: spoilers ahead!) Barney proposed to Robin after a season of relationship drama. ...

Remember Him?

Posted 11.19.2012 | Weddings

We recently gave you our picks for TV's most memorable wives, so now it's time to reveal our favorite TV husbands. From Ward Cleaver to Jim Halpert...

Modern Family: The Election Episode

Jon Eig | Posted 01.03.2013 | TV
Jon Eig

Everyone around here uses his own criteria. Some use hard economic numbers. Some use the World Series winner. Me? I use television. More specifically, I use Modern Family.

Nobody Trusts the Iranian-American

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 12.19.2012 | San Francisco
Shirin Sadeghi

You've seen his face before. But maybe you can't quite place his name. Maz Jobrani is setting out to change that, thanks to a script deal with CBS that was announced just last week.

Where the Girls Aren't: What the Absence of Female Friendships on Network TV Reveals

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Perhaps the lack of prominent female friendships in network television is the response to a kind of cultural anxiety in the wake of books and articles trumpeting "the end of men."

TGIF: Revisiting the Homes of Some of ABC's Best Comedies

David J. Cross | Posted 08.18.2012 | Entertainment
David J. Cross

We picked three properties from the shows and ran some numbers to see if the TV families would be able to afford their homes in today's markets, based on the houses used for the show settings.

10 Influential Black TV Comedians

Michelle Marques | Posted 06.12.2012 | Black Voices

For decades black comedians have used stand up comedy as an outlet to discuss experiences unique to our community. Today the tradition continues in th...

Celebrate BFF Day on June 1st!

G.L.O.C. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Comedy
G.L.O.C.

Oh BFF, it wasn't meant to be like this. When I was assigned to recap your episodes I took the gig very seriously. I never meant to get so attached. But I did.

Don't I Know You From Somewhere?

Molly Fosco | Posted 07.21.2012 | TV
Molly Fosco

The recently announced TV network fall line up seems to have some common themes this year. Did anyone order some revived sitcom actors? FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC sure did, and these new shows will all have some very familiar faces.

Why Mindy Kaling Is The Dream Female Sitcom Star

Salon | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women

After an exhausting year of would-be TV manic dream girls trying to charm, seduce and pratfall their way into our hearts, this fall we get the woman w...