How the Sitcoms are portrayed Eg. the office is disguised as a documentary How the males, females and families are represented? How stereotypes are used How the figure heads represented? How the cultural and religiuos issues are addressed? How the time and place are represented? Representation! what am i looking for ? How they represent Real life situations Fact - each successful Sitcom has at least one character that creates empathy
Father Ted Religion Alcholism Age Peacefull community Caring and a good role model
Red Dwarf Heroes characters create empathy Technology and the future Contrast in character representation Social class
Will and Grace Homosexuality Relationships Sterotypes Real life issues Capitalism / the american dream
Fact - satellite and cable channels are not usually the original home of the sitcom and shows broadcast here are usually repeats of the original show.
Many of the present day TV Sitcoms are designed for a wider range of audiences. Schedules are a good indication of the intended audience. Fact - Since the arrival of digital broadcasting , attracting and sustaining an audiences has become harder and there is a big decline in viewers because of the range of channels available the digital advancements of cable, live streaming and sky. Audience
Key Questions: Situation Comedies are meant to be humorous. It is important to investigate what makes us laugh.
What makes people laugh?
How does this vary between different places, countries or people?
How do Sitcom writers use dramatic irony or
How is cultural diversity treated in TV Sitcoms?
How have these changed over time?
When a character is unaware of something the audience knows. A question or problem that is not immediately answered.
Watch this short scene from ? And comment on the following:
The storyline (what situation is created between the different characters and how is it funny?).
The dialogue (how does it make you laugh and why. Also what about the timing?).
The characters (how are they represented and what are the relationships?).
The audience (this question should refer to what we covered last week such as age, class, gender cultural diversity e.t.c.).
Dialogue: this is designed to be witty with impeccable timing to get the most laughs, with pauses in the right places. There needs to be a totally symbiotic relationship between the actors and the writers. The essence of good, successful comedy is timing.