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Traditional Sitcoms Don't Work for Talented Comedians

Molly Fosco | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

What turned out to be not quite so compelling, is when the show began to stray away from Mulaney's comedy and started to rely heavily on cliche sitcom one-liners. Coupled with audience laughter after every other joke delivery, things began to rapidly sour.

My Week With Mindy: 20 Lessons Learned From Dr. Lahiri

Prasanna Ranganathan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Prasanna Ranganathan

I love The Mindy Project -- the characters, the writing, the performances. I love this show so much, in fact, that my friends have started calling me Bindy (AKA "Boy Mindy").

Tracee Ellis Ross Reveals The One Thing 'black-ish' Has Taught Her

Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices

--Tracee Ellis Ross shares her thoughts on portraying the role of a bi-racial character on ABC's new family sitcom "black-ish." (Eurweb) More N...

Brennan Williams

'Black-ish' Creator Defines New Show And Responds To Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.05.2014 | Black Voices

This fall, ABC will add more diversity to its slate of programming with the new family sitcom "black-ish." Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ros...

Where Did The Good 'Ole Family Sitcom Go? Mr. Drummond, Mrs. Huxtable, I Miss You!

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

The definition of "family sitcom" is not what it was back in the '80s or even the '90s. Nowadays, family shows are more geared towards tweens and teens.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 08.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

Thanks For Nothing, Ted Mosby

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment

Romance is dead, at least when it comes to TV sitcoms. According to a study found in an upcoming issue of "Psychology of Popular Media Culture," l...

The 5 Most Undateable Sitcom Characters

Adam Sztykiel | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Adam Sztykiel

In honor of this Thursday's premiere of Undateable, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at TV's rich history of undateables. Some were clearly undateable at the time, others only in retrospect.

WATCH: The Trailer For ABC's New Sitcom 'Blackish'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.15.2014 | Black Voices

The announcement of ABC's Fall 2014 schedule -- and Shonda Rhimes' monopoly of the network's Thursday night primetime slots -- already gave us somethi...

WATCH: 'Cosby Show' Star Cringes At The Current State Of Sitcoms

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It's been 22 years since the universally-acclaimed "Cosby Show" went off the air, and sitcoms just haven't been the same since, according to Phylicia ...

The Real Reason HIMYM Fans Feel Betrayed by the Series Finale

Molly Fosco | Posted 06.03.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Call me traditional but I still need sitcoms to make me feel good about life. Sitcoms are why I fell in love with television in the first place and why I continue to wear out my Friends and Full House DVD's regularly.

Jane Austen, 'Game Theorist?' Try 'Subversive Sitcom Scribe'

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

The world of Jane Austen is growing steadily larger. While the focus of her fiction is notoriously narrow, geographically speaking, the world of her readers, viewers, and fans continues to expand with every new book, movie, TV series, and sequel based on the original.

8 Life Lessons We Can Learn From '70s TV Shows

Steve Belanger | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve Belanger

The more we got to see the Fonz interacting with the Cunninghams the more we realized that being tough and cool only counted for so much. What really mattered was surrounding yourself with people you love and that love you back.

How Did Actor Barry Floyd of BET's The Game Finagle His Way in to an Apartment?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

"My advice to anyone just starting out in this business, and to people who haven't gotten their start yet, is not to give up and not to be discouraged by disappointment. It's a long journey."

'Friends' With No Laugh Track Is Incredibly Creepy

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.01.2014 | Comedy

Ross Geller has some creepster tendencies on "Friends," but when you take away the laugh track, it goes from gently endearing to extremely disconcerti...

Winter TV Word Clouds: How to Decide Whether You'll Watch a New Show Without Even Having to Read a Full Sentence

Hulu.com | Posted 03.24.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

Whether you're looking to geek out about the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson or just want to see some cowboys getting it on, there's something for everyone. We hope.

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.