The Sitcom – a basic recipe of the early sitcom<br />
Take one nuclear family<br />Stir in the funny antics of children, wifeor neighbours<br />Add a minor problem which could ...
Conventions of the Sitcom<br />
The Comic Trap<br />The comic trap is the situation of the sitcom<br />It is the physical and psychological environment th...
In a Dom-com (domestic comedy), the comic trap would be the nuclear family – 2 parents, 2 -3 children and their suburban h...
The Comic Trap<br />The comic trap provides the “situation” in the situation comedy<br />The comic trap is closely linked ...
The Fish Out Of Water<br />
The Fish Out Of Water<br />A character that struggles to find their place in society amidst social change and upheaval<br ...
Fish Out Of Water<br />1950’s – 60’s – 70’s <br />Women in a male dominated world<br />The Fish Out Of Water often provide...
Watch I Love Lucy Ep.  <br />Look for the comic trap and the fish out of water<br />Write a paragraph explaining the conve...
The Naïve Fool<br />
The Naïve Fool<br />Typically a man who assumes a traditional patriarchal structures of social rule and family dynamics<br...
Provides a foundation for social commentary of a changing society<br />The Naïve Fool represents older views and allows th...
The Running Joke<br />
The Running Joke<br />Recurring humorous ideas often satirising outmoded views and ideas of social behaviour<br />Inclusiv...
The running joke helps to build loyal followings and revisit ideas and themes on a continual basis<br />
Play Bewitched ep 1<br />
The 60’s – The Nuclear Family<br />Bewitched (1964 – 1972)<br />I Dream of Jeanie<br />The Munsters<br />The Addams Family...
The American Dream of white suburban middle class (Comic Trap)<br />Metaphor of witch as modern woman (Fish out of water)<...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

The sitcom – a basic recipe and conventions

6,938 views

Published on

  • Be the first to comment

The sitcom – a basic recipe and conventions

  1. 1. The Sitcom – a basic recipe of the early sitcom<br />
  2. 2. Take one nuclear family<br />Stir in the funny antics of children, wifeor neighbours<br />Add a minor problem which could be solved in the half hour<br />Simmer between commercials<br />Voila! Comedy and a new lesson learned every week<br />Wait another week and the characters are back to where they started the week before – only to face a different comedic situation<br />
  3. 3. Conventions of the Sitcom<br />
  4. 4. The Comic Trap<br />The comic trap is the situation of the sitcom<br />It is the physical and psychological environment that creates the humorous exchange and exchange of ides<br />
  5. 5. In a Dom-com (domestic comedy), the comic trap would be the nuclear family – 2 parents, 2 -3 children and their suburban house – complete with the white picket fence<br />Father Knows Best<br />In ‘I Love Lucy’, the comic trap is Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, their friends/landlords Ethel and Fred Mertz and their adventures set around making it in the entertainment industry<br />
  6. 6. The Comic Trap<br />The comic trap provides the “situation” in the situation comedy<br />The comic trap is closely linked to the times and attitudes of the sitcom in question<br />It links to the current ideologies, stereotypes and environments which identify its time and place<br />
  7. 7. The Fish Out Of Water<br />
  8. 8. The Fish Out Of Water<br />A character that struggles to find their place in society amidst social change and upheaval<br />The FOOW is a stock character<br />Often it is a woman in a man’s world, but can also be Black children living in rich white world (Different Strokes), or bachelor in a family environment (Two and a Half Men)<br />
  9. 9. Fish Out Of Water<br />1950’s – 60’s – 70’s <br />Women in a male dominated world<br />The Fish Out Of Water often provides the catalyst or the disruption for the episode.<br />The episode then revolves around getting the fish back into the water or returning to the equilibrium <br />
  10. 10. Watch I Love Lucy Ep. <br />Look for the comic trap and the fish out of water<br />Write a paragraph explaining the conventions of the comic trap and the fish out of water for this episode<br />Can you find any other conventions of the sitcom?<br />
  11. 11. The Naïve Fool<br />
  12. 12. The Naïve Fool<br />Typically a man who assumes a traditional patriarchal structures of social rule and family dynamics<br />Provides a juxtaposition for the fish out of water<br />
  13. 13. Provides a foundation for social commentary of a changing society<br />The Naïve Fool represents older views and allows the audience to laugh at ourselves and see the floors of outmoded mores<br />
  14. 14. The Running Joke<br />
  15. 15. The Running Joke<br />Recurring humorous ideas often satirising outmoded views and ideas of social behaviour<br />Inclusive of the audience as it allows the audience to feel they are ‘part’ of the show and have an ‘inside knowledge’ of the show<br />
  16. 16. The running joke helps to build loyal followings and revisit ideas and themes on a continual basis<br />
  17. 17. Play Bewitched ep 1<br />
  18. 18. The 60’s – The Nuclear Family<br />Bewitched (1964 – 1972)<br />I Dream of Jeanie<br />The Munsters<br />The Addams Family<br />My Favourite Martian<br />Mr.Ed<br />
  19. 19. The American Dream of white suburban middle class (Comic Trap)<br />Metaphor of witch as modern woman (Fish out of water)<br />Traditional patriarchal man/husband (Naïve fool)<br />

×