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The Sitcom$
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Brett Mills

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637515

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637515.001.0001

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The Sitcom

Brett Mills

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter outlines the difficulties in defining the sitcom, in relation to a wide range of genre theory. Using a number of contemporary examples, it highlights the variety of conventions the sitcom employs. This is thought of in terms of narrative, aesthetics, performance style, and humour. A historical approach is employed to show the range of techniques the sitcom has utilised over time. The chapter argues for a newer definition of the sitcom, as a form of broadcasting that foregrounds its humorous intent, and therefore has a ‘comic impetus’.

Keywords:   Hybridity, Channels, National Broadcasting

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