Sitcoms Characters

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Sitcoms Characters

  1. 1. Sitcoms Media Language: Characters
  2. 2. Types of character <ul><li>There are three main types of characters in </li></ul><ul><li>a TV sitcom: </li></ul><ul><li>The main characters </li></ul><ul><li>The supporting characters </li></ul><ul><li>Transients who appear for maybe one or two episodes </li></ul><ul><li>Write down the names of the main and (some </li></ul><ul><li>of the) supporting characters in: </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>The Simpsons </li></ul>
  3. 3. Relationships <ul><li>If you have too many characters in a sitcom the </li></ul><ul><li>audience may lose the closeness and rapport that </li></ul><ul><li>develops between characters. </li></ul><ul><li>The relationships between the characters </li></ul><ul><li>create ideal narrative strands: </li></ul><ul><li>Father and son/daughter </li></ul><ul><li>Husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, work colleagues </li></ul>
  4. 4. Narrative Strands <ul><li>Father and son/daughter </li></ul><ul><li>Husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, work colleagues </li></ul>Explain the narrative strands in one American and one British sitcom. You should explain the relationships the characters have with one another and how they are made interesting enough to make the show enjoyable. For example, the main narrative strands in Malcolm in the Middle are the father and mother/ sons relationship and the husband/wife relationship. I could go on to explain how these relationships create the storylines for the show.
  5. 5. Transient Characters <ul><li>Think of the last sitcom you saw – what </li></ul><ul><li>transient characters were involved? </li></ul><ul><li>How did they help or hinder the main </li></ul><ul><li>characters in the context of their narrative </li></ul><ul><li>strands? </li></ul>

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