Sitcom - Conventions + Subversions


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Sitcom - Conventions + Subversions

  1. 1. Conventions of a Sitcom By Tudor and Sarin
  2. 2. Character Conventions <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>My Family the same characters </li></ul><ul><li>Ben and Susan and kids </li></ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul><ul><li>Last of the summer wine – </li></ul><ul><li>Same characters for years now </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Character Subversion <ul><li>Ideal, many different characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Some swearing and drug use. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Camera Conventions <ul><li>Usual Camera shots </li></ul><ul><li>Typical sitcom </li></ul><ul><li>My Hero </li></ul><ul><li>My Hero - 1.01 - Pilot (1/3) </li></ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><li>My family </li></ul><ul><li>Normal camera movement </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Camera Subversion <ul><li>Peep show takes a point of view format rather than a typical sitcom format. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// =zW29RocStAg&has_verified=1 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Humour Conventions <ul><li>Normal Humour family humour not dark humour and not too in dept </li></ul><ul><li>The Vicar of Dibley </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Humour </li></ul><ul><li>Not Going Out </li></ul><ul><li>Crude humour </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Humour Subversion <ul><li>Usually family humour and nice however black or dark humour is involved. </li></ul><ul><li>One foot in the grave </li></ul><ul><li>http:// =vMX0FS0r280 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stereotypes Conventions <ul><li>Childlike male and responsible female </li></ul><ul><li>My Family Ben </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stereotype Subversion <ul><li>Irresponsible teen and responsible mother subverted in absolutely fabulous. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// = jAgBeAFZVgI </li></ul>
  10. 10. Situation Conventions <ul><li>Red Dwarf </li></ul><ul><li>Usually sitcoms show the situation as trapped, for example my family is trapped by the family. </li></ul><ul><li>Red dwarf is trapped in space </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Situation </li></ul><ul><li>Yes minister </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Situation Subversion <ul><li>The Mighty Boosh, not really trapped anywhere but just weird comedy in strange places. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// =dO6WBLFnQjY&feature=related </li></ul>
  12. 12. Audience Conventions <ul><li>Usually canned laughter but sometimes there are live studio audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Only Fools and Horses </li></ul><ul><li>Studio audience </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Two pints of larger and a packet of crisps </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Audience Subversion <ul><li>Usually a studio audience </li></ul><ul><li>However In the office there is no laughter at the jokes. </li></ul><ul><li>Office </li></ul><ul><li>http:// = sCZOpaKccOM </li></ul>
  14. 14. Location - Conventions <ul><li>One or two locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually a house/home. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes another location during a “special” episode. </li></ul><ul><li>Only Fools and Horses - Uncle Albert Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Blackadder - Green Gold </li></ul><ul><li>The Royle Family - Red Nose Day </li></ul>
  15. 15. Location Subversions <ul><li>The Mighty Boosh – Always in various strange locations such as a desert or a jungle. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// =dO6WBLFnQjY&feature=related </li></ul>