Sitcoms Essay

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A situation comedy, often shortened to sitcom, is a genre of comedy that features repetitive characters in a common setting such as a home or workplace, accompanied with jokes as part of the dialogue. Comedy programs such as sitcoms focus on issues and current events in our culture have become seemingly popular in today’s day and age. There are four elements found in the programs. The four elements being: plots, characters, settings and the techniques in which humor is applied. These elements ease the program into achieving two possible purposes; firstly, to entertain its viewers; and secondly, to provide moral guidance to its viewers. Sitcoms are made to be related to, by simple settings, character personalities, and plots which are not too extreme. There are common settings in sitcoms, which are very familiar to the viewer. The humor is formed from the various conflicts between characters and the embarrassing situations they get into. The settings in sitcoms are often in one or two realistic areas, for example a lounge room, kitchen, and bedroom. These often vary according to the story line of each sitcom. For the opening scene, the settings are important as it indicates the theme and/or story line of that episode .Sitcoms are character driven, which means that the show is based on the successes and upsets of its characters. Most characters are stock characters, or in other words common stereotypes. For example the cocky football player, obsessive parent, annoyed dad, out of control children, careless teens, macho men, troublemakers or even dumb blonde. These could be easily pointed out through the viewer, which is essentially makes the program believable. When sitcoms originated majority of them were TV versions of reputable radio programs. The sitcom radio was brought about in January of 1926 with the initial broadcast of Sam 'n Henry on WGN from Chicago.

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