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  • 1. MEDIA STUDIES ‘ The Controlled Test’ 22 May 2008
  • 2. Today’s focus: ‘ The lasting appeal of sitcoms’
  • 3. Appeal of sitcoms:
    • Traditional sitcoms on mainstream GB TV channels in decline
    • Quiz shows and reality TV shows more popular and often cheaper to make
    • However, they are still popular; and re-runs of older shows still gain audiences
    • ‘ My Family’ is very traditional, one of the few shows of its type still on a major channel
    • So, what is the appeal?
  • 4. Producers:
    • Don’t need to build lots of sets
    • Sets can be re-used for each episode/ series
    • Short series, so if not popular won’t have over committed resources
    • If popular, possibility of re-runs
    • May be able to export the idea or programme
  • 5. Audiences:
    • Domestic comedies give audiences situations they can relate to
    • Can laugh at others in a safe environment
    • Recognise foolish aspects of their own lives so can diffuse our problems
    • Uncomplicated plots and characters don’t challenge our thinking
    • Can ‘dip in and out’ and often watch out of sequence, as they tend not to directly ‘follow on’
  • 6. Task: Compare three modern sitcoms: The Office, Peep Show and The IT Crowd. Refer to your sheet for the individual tasks.