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How Louis C.K. Is Reinventing The Sitcom By Being More Like Donald Duck

How Louis C.K. Is Reinventing The Sitcom By Being More Like Donald Duck | Television Sitcoms |
Louis C. K.'s Louie celebrates the freedom of no continuity.
Natalie Royals's comment, November 17, 2013 5:00 PM
I don't believe that every sitcom from now on is going to take its cues from Louie. There are still so many good sitcoms that come out and try new things, or stick with the old ones. I haven't really seen any other sitcoms like Louie that have really stuck around, or even existed. To me I feel like Louie doesn't have enough for a viewer to connect to, with the fact that there is only one character that stays the same. I think you need continuation of characters to hold an audience.
Emily Barry's comment, November 17, 2013 11:56 PM
After watching "louis" in class, I decided to watch a few episodes, and there is no continuity. Other than the fact that he is a divorce father of two children, the episodes aren't interconnected. There characters aren't the same in any of the episodes. I think the concept of "Louie" is very interesting. I agree that they are short stories about Louie's life. I think "Louie" might be the future of the television sitcom, although the episodes aren't a continuation of each other and each episode is different, I think this concept is very interesting. The only scene that is consistent is when Louie does stand up comedy. "Louie' is a very new idea for a sitcom and unlike anything we have ever seen.
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Louis C.K.: The comedian that comedians aspire to be. A hard worker and absolute genius is doing his part in this era of re-inventing the sitcom genre.

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The Check-In: Modern Family Remains a Well-Oiled, If Unexciting, Sitcom Machine

The Check-In: Modern Family Remains a Well-Oiled, If Unexciting, Sitcom Machine | Television Sitcoms |
Yesterday I wrote at length about TV comedies that are popular with a certain sliver of the viewing public, primarily those who write about TV for a l
Chelsea Drabik's comment, November 13, 2013 8:16 PM
I definitely think that "Modern Family" is almost over.
Kim Fanch's comment, November 14, 2013 4:29 PM
I never have really given Modern Family a fair chance, but after watching it in class I don't want to. I feel like the whole show was too concentrated on certain issues like being gay or a hot headed latina. There was no substance to Gloria's character at all besides her hot headedness. Modern Family is not the best comedy on TV anymore and personally I think it is time for it to go.
Natalie Royals's comment, November 17, 2013 4:52 PM
I agree with the author because since this show aired I have watched almost every show of each season. Whats nice about modern family is that you don't need to watch every episode to know whats going on in the show. I can not watch it for a whole season and pick it up again and I still get all the humor.
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The Return of Louie and Why TV's Best Comedy Isn't Really a Comedy

The Return of Louie and Why TV's Best Comedy Isn't Really a Comedy | Television Sitcoms |
It was renowned (and recently deceased) film critic Andrew Sarris who popularized the “auteur theory” in American cinema. In extreme short
Jeanie Dunn's comment, November 11, 2013 5:09 PM
When compared to the average sitcom, it appears that Louie breaks all of the rules, making it hard to fit the show into a particular genre. The article compares Louie C.K’s standup routine in the show to the comedic standup in Seinfeld, but notes that in Louie there is no continuity outside of that. Whereas Seinfeld sticks to one format and one central group of characters, the characters and jokes in Louie come and go constantly. Louie, according to this article, is a raw, messy, and absurd take on reality rather than a combination of made-for-tv jokes.
Natalie Royals's comment, November 17, 2013 4:50 PM
I agree with this article after watching the episode we watched and discussing it in class. Louie never has the same characters so I feel like its really hard to bring in a fan base like Seinfeld had. Seinfeld has the same plots about nothing, but at least it has the same constant characters that its fans can relate to.
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Who Said Women Aren't Funny?

Who Said Women Aren't Funny? | Television Sitcoms |
In a ludicrous—and roundly derided—Vanity Fair column from 2007 titled “Why Women Aren’t Funny,” the late polemicist Christopher Hitchens argued that humor cannot be found in the absence of a Y chromosome.
KelseyScriven's comment, November 4, 2013 10:44 AM
I totally agree with you, Emily. Mindy Kaling definitely deserves the praise she got in this article. She, along with many other women, has worked tirelessly to get where they are in the industry today. It is definitely important to call attention to these successes, including ones that may go unnoticed such as strong female writers.
Marissa Himbele's comment, November 8, 2013 10:06 AM
Women are proving their skills in writing and being funny. Do you think this is a type of feminist movement or just a shift in entertainment?
KelseyScriven's comment, November 10, 2013 6:41 PM
Interesting question, Marissa. I think it may be a bit of both. It is certainly a powerful advancement that women are being recognized for their skills in writing as well as acting. This sends a strong message to other women in the industry and even women living everyday lives who may be struggling with being criticized for their weight. However, as I mentioned in class last week, I do not think that just because a woman is succeeding in her profession that she should necessarily be labeled a feminist. Although there is nothing wrong with being a feminist, of course, I don't think a person's success in the television industry should to be considered feminism simply because she is a woman.
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Is 'Girls' on HBO the Next Great Feminist TV Show?

Is 'Girls' on HBO the Next Great Feminist TV Show? | Television Sitcoms |
If you watch TV, you've probably heard the buzz about a new HBO series, created by 25-year-old filmmaker Lena Dunham. Girls
KelseyScriven's comment, November 5, 2013 7:58 PM
Emily, I agree with you that the show has the potential to focus more on feminist issues. I also think you had a good point by bringing up Lena Dunham's confidence. In fact, her confidence could be the reason that she may appear to not have as strong a feminist view as you might like. In the show, Dunham’s character tends to focus less on her body image and more on her career and her friends. Perhaps not calling attention to trivial issues such as weight and the ideal body image is a step in the right direction for feminists. By not glorifying these prejudices women deal with, it in a way shows that there are more important things to focus on.
Kim Fanch's comment, November 5, 2013 8:01 PM
I personally am a fan of "Girls" from the second it premiered. It is like "Sex and the City" in that it follows a group of woman that for the majority of the show are single. It makes girls feel that it is totally acceptable to be a single twenty something that doesn't have it all figured out. I love Lena Dunham because she is real and not stick thin. The fact that she writes, directs, and acts all at once is empowering for women in general. Hannah is just an inspiring character because she isn't the most gorgeous girl out there, but she exudes such confidence. At the end of the day, I feel like confidence is one of the main components in feminism.
Ashley Dugan's comment, November 16, 2013 12:13 AM
As of recently, I have personally become a fan of this show and have watched a few more episodes since I saw the first in class. One of the aspects that has drawn me to this show is that I feel as though it is a more accurate depiction in comparison to other shows modeled the same way of real life, Especially living in this world now as a twenty something struggling to survive. On one hand I feel as though this show compares in many regards to the show " Sex and the City" but just more down to earth. On the other hand I feel as though the fact that the girls featured are not all size zeros and what society would consider flaws within a character are featured more than perfection is a stand alone aspect of this show that has the potential to open the doors of opportunity for more shows to follow in its footsteps . As well as open the eyes of the American audience in regards that one does not have to be perfect in any way to be featured on a show.
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7 career lessons from Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” | The Work Buzz

7 career lessons from Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” | The Work Buzz | Television Sitcoms |
Tina Fey's autobiography reveals some rules of comedy that are actually helpful for your career, too.
Jenna Pederson's comment, November 3, 2013 9:06 PM
This article gives a short overview of Tina Fey's (kind of) autobiography "Bossypants." Tina Fey's book, discusses many of the “hurdles she has faced as a woman in comedy and as the head writer on a historic TV show.” The author of this article points out that many of the struggles Tina Fey experienced in the world of comedy is also relatable to many women in the workplace and follows up with “7 career lessons we can all learn” from Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” The author writes: “Fey notes that woman, in particular, should speak assertively and not with self-doubt. Women in the workplace still face men ready to disregard their contribution, unfortunately, but her advice is good for anyone who is hesitant to speak up.” Why do you think women “in particular” need to speak assertively and without self-doubt? There are definitely double standards in “reel life” and “real life.” Why is it that successful women are referred to as “bitches?” Think about women on TV, why is it that many successful women are portrayed in a mean/ negative light, or in contrast as pretty, but ditsy? How do you think this can be remedied? Do you think double standards will change? Furthermore, this article points out: “Fey points out the many critics who have declared that women aren’t funny” (she says to ignore it and to “be smarter than your critics.” Why do you think critics don’t think women are funny?
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Fall TV Preview: Single women featured in several new series in fall 2012 TV season

Fall TV Preview: Single women featured in several new series in fall 2012 TV season | Television Sitcoms |
Just before the opening credits of "The Mindy Project" materialize, Mindy Kaling as her eponymous character has a heart to heart with a Barbie-like doll - and moments later, gets served. "If...
Jenna Pederson's comment, November 3, 2013 8:53 PM
This article discusses new TV shows such as “The Mindy Project” with female lead characters that are “neither bimbos nor pure role models but trying to find their feet… just as real single women are.” Marriage is at an all-time low in the United States, which means that being a single, young female is at an all-time high. The average age to get married is 26.5. According to this article, in 1960 59% of women 18-29 were married and now only 20% in the same age range are married. Why do you think this shift has occurred? Do you think sitcoms/ comedies with single female lead characters are increasing in popularity due to the ways single women can now closely relate to characters that are young and single? The article also asserts that society finds single women “endlessly fascinating.” Why do you think this is?
Natalie Royals's comment, November 10, 2013 1:17 PM
I feel like many of the women in sitcoms today are single, and I guess I can see how that would reflect society. Many women like shows that they can relate to and the people who are watching sitcoms are usually young adults. Shows like Girls and Sex and The City are more for young adults, but shows like 30 Rock, being on NBC, are more for everyone. I also feel like most of the women on tv are single because there is always going to be room for new characters that way and new relationships. Even the people who are in relationships on TV end up breaking up to make a twist in the plot.
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What the Seinfeld Actors Can Teach You About Hiring. No Joke

What the Seinfeld Actors Can Teach You About Hiring. No Joke | Television Sitcoms |
You're much more likely to create a highly-engaged workplace if you recruit and promote people like the guy who played Peterman than the one behind Puddy. Here's why.
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'Seinfeld' Stumbles Onto Twitter, Goes Viral - Speakeasy - WSJ

'Seinfeld' Stumbles Onto Twitter, Goes Viral - Speakeasy - WSJ | Television Sitcoms |
How would "Seinfeld" play out in the 21st Century? A new Twitter account shows you.
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How New Girl evolved the sitcom structure leftover from Friends

How New Girl evolved the sitcom structure leftover from Friends | Television Sitcoms |

Talks about how "New Girl" is our generation's "show about nothing"

Ashley Dugan's comment, November 5, 2013 8:06 PM
"New Girl‘s ambition to stick with what it has and move with it, rather than dwell and wait until the opportune moment is something the show had to have learned due to the changing culture of how viewers watch television." I like how in this article the recognize many sitcoms have followed suit with the motto of don't try to fix what is not broken and recognizes that New Girl is attempting to think outside the standard box. Which now a days is risk but defines something new and refreshing within this industry.
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This 'Modern Family' Story Is Awfully Familiar ...

This 'Modern Family' Story Is Awfully Familiar ... | Television Sitcoms |
One of the storylines from the Wednesday, Oct. 23 episode of "Modern Family" titled "The Help" was awfully familiar to some TV viewers.
Chelsea Drabik's comment, October 29, 2013 6:42 PM
The "Seinfeld" clip was funny and very over the top dramatic. The two clips were very, almost too, similar. Will "Modern Family" suffer some sort of consequences for copying "Seinfeld"? The exemplified tweets gave me the impression that those two viewers were not very thrilled that the two episodes were so similar.
Marissa Himbele's comment, October 31, 2013 1:16 PM
Chelsea, I agree with you. I think Modern Family is over the top too. I guess Modern Family is trying to make a more "modern" version of Seinfeld.
Emily Barry's comment, November 3, 2013 9:52 PM
I agree with both of you, I am not a fan of "Modern Family". I don't believe "Modern Family" will suffer consequences for copying "Seinfeld", because I think there are many shows that use the same episode plots or borrow certain jokes. "Seinfeld" fans will probably be annoyed, but I don't think "Modern Family" fans will know or care. I feel like television has become very uncreative and there are many examples of the ways episodes from different series are very similar.
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GLAAD study: Gay depictions slip on network TV

GLAAD study: Gay depictions slip on network TV | Television Sitcoms |
LOS ANGELES — Fewer gay and bisexual characters are part of the new broadcast TV season following a record-setting year, while cable depictions continued to increase, according to a new study from a media advocacy group.
Kim Fanch's comment, October 17, 2013 8:54 PM
I'm surprised to hear that the representation of LGBT characters are actually decreasing. I would've liked to hope that we were making some kind of progress since the Ellen days. LGBT is still something that is very hard for older generations to accept, and they consume a lot of television. It doesn't surprise me that the History channel doesn't have any LGBT issues on it. I used to follow Glee but don't anymore, I'm curious to find out who the transgender person is on the series.
Kim Fanch's comment, October 17, 2013 8:54 PM
I'm surprised to hear that the representation of LGBT characters are actually decreasing. I would've liked to hope that we were making some kind of progress since the Ellen days. LGBT is still something that is very hard for older generations to accept, and they consume a lot of television. It doesn't surprise me that the History channel doesn't have any LGBT issues on it. I used to follow Glee but don't anymore, I'm curious to find out who the transgender person is on the series.
Áine McKeever's comment, October 20, 2013 10:48 PM
This is an interesting article that provides hard factual content about the representation of LGBT characters today in the 21st century. I was also very surprised to see that the representation of LGBT characters on our television screens has decreased for 2012. Why? Another fact that I find interesting is the continuous low percentages of other ethic communities on screen. One point that may help make sense of these figures is it related to the old theme of the 'traditional family', that perhaps viewers of the 'new' television find it hard to tune into. Do we think this is due to the stigma of the older generation?
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'All in the Family' and the First Gay Sitcom Character | Splitsider

'All in the Family' and the First Gay Sitcom Character | Splitsider | Television Sitcoms |
In February 1971, All in the Family became the first sitcom to bring a gay man into America’s wallpapered, shag-carpeted, plaid-couched living rooms. And h
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In Praise of Modern Family

In Praise of Modern Family | Television Sitcoms |
This week, Modern Family (ABC, Wednesdays at 9 p.m.) will end its third season at No. 17 in the Nielsen ratings.
Natalie Royals's comment, November 17, 2013 4:58 PM
I love the fact that the show has a hidden interviewer feel to it cause I feel like the characters are interacting with me while I watch the show. It also gives the show more edge because you feel like you are in the house in the middle of all these scenarios. This gives Modern Family an advantage over most of the other sitcoms on TV and it is probably why it has been on air this long, other than the fact that its hilarious.
Megan Walsh's comment, November 17, 2013 7:41 PM
Although I do not watch this show, from what I gather, I believe The Office is another show that uses a similar filming tactic. The personal interviews really are a great way to further the audience-character relationship, while keeping everyone entertained.
Emily Barry's comment, November 18, 2013 12:00 AM
I have seen a few episodes of "Modern Family" and I believe the camera does allow the viewer to feel part of the family. Viewers are more engaged while watching the show and in a sense feel as if they are part of the family and actually in the show. I believe the show's ability to relate to viewers is due in part to the tactics of the camera as a character. I believe another reason the show is very popular is because the episodes depict real life issues.
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What ‘Modern Family’ Says About Modern Families - This Life

What ‘Modern Family’ Says About Modern Families - This Life | Television Sitcoms |
For “Modern Family,” self-analysis is part of the sitcom’s storyline.
Raquel Doering's comment, November 13, 2013 8:11 PM
From what I’ve heard and seen of the show, I can see where the homophobic criticism comes from. It seems that Cam and Mitchell lack a display of physical emotion and connection. However, I cannot say that I agree. I do not think they need to constantly be displaying their affection for their relationship to be clearly displayed. Also, I think the upcoming wedding of Cam and Mitchell will erase the homophobic label.
Megan Walsh's comment, November 15, 2013 11:34 AM
Jeanie, I think this was a great article to post this week because it really does reflect most of this week’s class conversations. Reading what Christine and Raquel had to say, I completely agree their points that Modern Family is a much more modernized depiction of the nuclear family, by incorporating loads of constant technology and by featuring not so typical family lifestyles, particularly the relationship of Cam and Mitchell. Regarding your question of Modern Family’s play on stereotypes and being accused of being homophobic, I can see truth in this claim, but I do not agree with it. Yes, Cam and Mitchell aren’t he most affectionate couple, but I think their relationship still accurately portrays any homo or heterosexual relationship. If the directors had incorporated more affectionate scenes, I’m sure Modern Family would have been criticized for that too. I think because homosexuality is still not 100% “approved” by all people, Modern Family will continue to get criticized, no matter how they choose to display Cam and MItchell’s relationship. What I thought was a great point made in this article however, was that “Modern Family is less focused on how families interact with the outside world; more centered on how they function internally.” If you really analyze the relationships and family dynamics in Modern Family, even Cam and Mitchell’s moderate display of affection, I believe they really are precise depictions of how couples and families function internally.
Ashley Dugan's comment, November 16, 2013 12:05 AM
As someone who doesn't have much interest in this show personally, I feel as though this article shines more insight on the show and the emotions that are supposed to arise within the viewer than watching a single episode. I agree with Megan's point in regards of though Cam and Mitchell are not particularly affectionate to one another, it still accurately depicts my personal experience of friends in homosexual relationships. In that regard I think Modern Family is on the right track in trying to open the doors of acceptance in the American audience of this matter. On the other hand I feel as though this article goes off into a rant about relating this show in particular to media aspects.
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Sitcoms are the Golden Land of Feminist TV Characters | Bitch Media

Sitcoms are the Golden Land of Feminist TV Characters | Bitch Media | Television Sitcoms |
From Saved by the Bell to Parks and Recreation.
KelseyScriven's comment, November 3, 2013 5:13 PM
This article argues that network TV sitcoms have shown displays of feminism since the early 70s. From Gloria Bunker Stivic from ‘All in the Family,’ to Jesse Spano from ‘Saved By the Bell,’ and Phoebe from ‘Friends,’ TV sitcoms have featured feminists in varying lights. The article does point out that in the past, feminists have usually been the butt of the jokes. However, the author believes that it was not necessarily a negative thing because they were at least able to call attention to important feminist topics. Today’s sitcoms such as ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘New Girl,’ and ’30 Rock’ have introduced feminists that are no longer criticized for their views, thus introducing a new age of feminism.
Marissa Himbele's comment, November 3, 2013 7:50 PM
I think feminism in TV sitcoms have progressed based on the characters and how they are portrayed. However, I think feminism can still grow, just like it was stated at the end of the article. There can be more feminism diversity in sitcoms. In order to show the progression of feminism, more female characters ranging in different races, ages etc., should be characterized as feminists.
KelseyScriven's comment, November 4, 2013 3:56 PM
I agree there is still work to be done as far as the way feminist characters are portrayed on television. I think it is just like the progression of any other minority that has been introduced to TV. Audiences tend to need time to get used to new ideals and I believe that as society becomes more accepting of feminism, so will television shows.
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Women on TV Step Off the Scale

Women on TV Step Off the Scale | Television Sitcoms |
Women in entertainment are obsessing less about their weight and setting their own standards of beauty.
Megan Walsh's comment, November 7, 2013 9:41 PM
Great article Kelsey. Although it is obvious to viewers that new and upcoming actresses, Lena Dunham and Rebel Wilson are not the stereotypical images for a lead female role in a television show, I greatly appreciate their images and the positive impact they have had on women's body images. This article talked about several people who have found themselves in the lime light for not being a size zero, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy being two of them. I think it is important for these women to continue what they are doing and promote themselves as strong, successful, confident women. I agree that it is refreshing to see women come together and try and reinvent the typical image of a woman on TV.
Natalie Royals's comment, November 10, 2013 1:23 PM
I think that actresses like Lena and Rebel are a breath of fresh air when it comes to sitcoms. They don't have to be picture perfect all the time which makes the sitcoms more realistic in the long run. We are also started to see many more people who aren't picture perfect in leading roles like some that were mentioned above like Melissa McCarthy. I think that before overweight people were stuck into the category of the funny best friend and now they are breaking out and becoming leading roles.
KelseyScriven's comment, November 10, 2013 6:35 PM
I agree with you, Christine. It is definitely sad that it has taken so long for women to be accepted in our culture if they are not a size zero. It is also a good point that it is degrading that plus size women attract so much attention when there have been overweight men in television since its conception. Meg, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I think it is important that you pointed out the progress made for females everywhere with the influences of these women on television. Also, it is admirable that they have no been discouraged by the ridicule and backlash they sometimes receive. Natalie, I'm glad you picked up on the article mentioning the roles that overweight women have traditionally been cast in. Typically, the industry did not think plus size women would succeed as main characters, or even be accepted by their audiences. However, as you pointed out, stars like Melissa McCarthy and Lena Dunham have certainly proved them wrong.
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Three New Sitcoms Put the Focus on Young Single Women

Three New Sitcoms Put the Focus on Young Single Women | Television Sitcoms |
Three new sitcoms — “2 Broke Girls,” “New Girl” and “Whitney” — deliver humor in the tradition of Roseanne Barr, Tina Fey and Tracey Ullman.
Jenna Pederson's comment, November 3, 2013 8:27 PM
This article discusses 2 Broke Girls, Whitney and New Girl—all (fairly) new sitcoms with female lead characters. The article asserts that the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” cemented the idea that in sitcoms with female main characters the “the prettier, nicer friend is the star and the sarcastic one is the sidekick.” For example, in “New Girl,” Jess is a nice, “nerdy, loser, who needs the help of her three male roommate to get a date.” While this isn’t always true, often times the female characters are flawed in some sort of way. The article states: “New Girl” is charming and quite funny, but especially when compared with the other two shows, it seems quite old-school: an appealing, clueless heroine who bewitches male protectors.” However, the article also points out that new shows such as “2 Broke Girls,” “30 Rock, “Parks and Rec” are moving in a different direction with women lead characters and using “R-rated” humor and jokes about sex and hygiene. This is an attempt to draw in new, young viewers. Furthermore, the article suggests that the success of these shows proves that men will “pay to see funny women if the humor is broad enough.”
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How To Be A Woman, According To Amy And Tina

How To Be A Woman, According To Amy And Tina | Television Sitcoms |
If you need an example of how to be the best person ever, look no further than comedians (and our dream celebrity BFFs), Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
Melanie Morse's comment, November 5, 2013 12:48 PM
I do not consider them feminists, either but I do think they set the standard for female actresses and comedians. They go against the norms in not caring what people think about them, but I think we should also note that men have certain pressures in Hollywood as well. I think it is important to note those men that go against the grain of their own pressures (Guys like Zach Galifinakis that don't have the perfect body type but are certainly successful).
Jenna Pederson's comment, November 6, 2013 4:35 PM
Melaine that is a good point. Do you think in some ways it is easier for men to go against Hollywood pressures than women? I think in many ways people put more pressure on girls and their appearances than men (for example, a man can be old or overweight but can still be considered attractive, but Jennifer Lawrence has been called "fat"). Do you agree? Do you think actresses like Tina and Amy can help set new standards for other female atresses and comedians?
Megan Walsh's comment, November 7, 2013 10:33 PM
I definitely think Tina and Amy are great role models. As you mentioned, these two hilarious women have the ability to embrace "life lessons" and make light of more serious topics, which women often find admirable. They are also admirable because they go against the grain. They seem like the type of women that if you tell them not to do something, they will immediately go do what they were told not to do, but they will do it will humor and style. Although I do agree with Melanie that men also go against the grain as well, I think it is more powerful when women strain away from the norm, since I feel there are more pressures on them.
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Tina Fey Makes This SNL Spoof of Girls Very Funny

Tina Fey Makes This SNL Spoof of Girls Very Funny | Television Sitcoms |
Last night, Tina Fey opened Saturday Night Live's 39th season with musical guest Arcade Fire.
Jenna Pederson's comment, November 3, 2013 8:39 PM
This is sort of just a fun, short SNL video that I thought would be a cool thing to share for this week—“Feminism at work.” This week we are spending time talking about both the shows "30 Rock" and "Girls." Ironically, Tina Fey (30 Rock) opened the 39th season of Saturday Night Live with a skit that spoofed "Girls." Do you think Tina Fey making fun of Lena Dunham and the show “Girls” tears down or undermines the progress that shows such as “Girls” makes with women in sitcoms or do you think it is just another way for Tina Fey to make people laugh? What do you think about the show “Girls” in general?
Megan Walsh's comment, November 7, 2013 9:02 PM
I did see this "Girls" parody on SNL when it first appeared, and did not think much of it, I just enjoyed it and had a good laugh. I defintely think Tina Fey, being the famously known funny woman that she is, meant absolutely no harm to the progressive and often debated HBO show "Girls." I think Tina herself is a woman who truly understand what it takes for women to make it in a male dominated industry. Just as Lena Dunham, the creator, producer, and lead actress of "Girls" is often criticized for being a very hands-on and powerful female, I can imagine Tina Fey, who also is a female producer, for "30 Rock," has felt some of the same pressures, or even, disapproval that Lena is now experiencing. In general, I am a fan of the "Girls" series, as well as a Tina Fey fan and this parody did nothing but make me appreciate the humor that both have to offer.
Natalie Royals's comment, November 10, 2013 1:08 PM
I saw this skit when the showed aired and I honestly thought it was hilarious. I have watched all of the seasons of Girls and I think that Tina's character in this skit was trying to make fun of how diverse the girls were in this show. Girls has a variety of such different characters from different backgrounds so I feel like Tina's skit was almost to make fun of how different each girl on the show is. I honestly like the show girls but it is very dry humor. When I watched the first couple episodes I didn't really understand what the point of the show was, but I wanted to watch the show because of all the good things I heard about it. Still I'm not quite sure what the show really is about other then 20 something aged girls and their problems (much like a younger sex and the city).
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HowStuffWorks "10 Ways Television Has Changed the Way We Talk"

HowStuffWorks "10 Ways Television Has Changed the Way We Talk" | Television Sitcoms |
There are many ways television has changed the way we talk. Visit HowStuffWorks to find 10 ways television has changed the way we talk.
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NBC's Thursday lineup goes from 'Must See TV' to 'Must Flee TV'

NBC's Thursday lineup goes from 'Must See TV' to 'Must Flee TV' | Television Sitcoms |
Thursday was once the most profitable night of the week for NBC. But the network's prime-time ratings and fortunes have eroded dramatically in recent years, forcing network executives to rethink...
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‘Seinfeld’ in the Age of Twitter

‘Seinfeld’ in the Age of Twitter | Television Sitcoms |
How would "Seinfeld" play out in the 21st Century? A new Twitter account shows you.
Megan Walsh's comment, October 29, 2013 11:45 PM
Agreeing with both Kelsey and Natalie, I found these tweets humorous and a creative way to incorporate Seinfeld into today's society. I am not a huge Seinfeld fan, and have never really seen any episodes, but from these tweets you can tell Seinfeld has a devoted fan base that understands these witty tweets. Again, even though these tweets do not have a real purpose, just as Seinfeld has been said to not have a real plot, they provide as entertainment and have been successful.
Raquel Doering's comment, October 30, 2013 6:44 PM
I think it is interesting to put a more modern spin on the white and humor of a sitcom that is a little bit older. The account seems like it will be extremely funny to anyone who watched Seinfeld while it was originally on air and to anyone who watches syndicated episodes. I agree with the previous posts that the tweets support to argument that Seinfeld is about nothing. The tweets are so random and do not follow any sort of definite plot or trend, much like the show, as we discussed in class.
Christine Little's comment, November 2, 2013 2:39 PM
I think the reason why a lot of you found the twitter account interesting is because it puts the cast in daily life - we find things we can relate to funny, which is why the twitter and updated storylines made it more amusing. I consider myself as apathetic as the characters which is why it's easy for me to laugh and relate to them, but it seems like most of the class doesn't feel the same way; therefore the gimmicky nature of the twitter account was able to bring in the laughs unlike the actual show was. As I voiced in class, [no offense to Phill of course] I think the episode shown wasn't one of the better episodes - later that week Tara and I watched a few with some friends and even one friend who never saw it before found the other episodes pretty funny. <br>I'll counter argue the point about the show being about nothing as well - the show seems to be a 'slice of life', if you will - - where it shows the daily antics and trials/tribulations of four friends. As we hinted on in class, this is similar to Friends, but because there's more character development in Friends, it's easy to feel like Seinfeld really isn't about anything and has no greater purpose. The updated plot bits from twitter merely show that the characters can be taken from the 90s and put into situations from today and still go through the same motions. Rather than a plot, overall I see Seinfeld as being a character driven show. While you don't need to know what's going on in another episode to really jump in to the series, knowing the characters personalities is helpful, unlike in Friends where the storyline is more important than the character's personalities.
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Commercial Success for LGBT Community

Commercial Success for LGBT Community | Television Sitcoms |
LGBT inclusion in television advertising is steadily increasing — regardless of whether companies like Barilla refuse to include same-sex couples in their marketing.
Kim Fanch's comment, October 21, 2013 11:29 PM
It seems that Sweden seems to be ahead of the times. I have heard of the Ikea commercial before and how it was considered to be the first of it;s kind. Now that I think of it I can't distinctly remember any particular lgbt commercials on TV that I have seen lately. This article has made me want to watch TV more closely especially to the advertisement, they are often ignored but it is interesting to analyze the issues that are brought up in them.
Raquel Doering's comment, October 22, 2013 1:14 AM
Kim, I’m glad the article sparked some interest for you. Thanks for your input!
Emily Barry's comment, October 25, 2013 4:09 PM
Raquel this is a very interesting article. I actually can't think of any commercials featuring any people from the LGBT community. I think we should have more commercials featuring people from the LGBT community, but I think the issue is still too controversial for an advertisement. Advertisers are probably scared about the backlash of featuring someone from the LGBT community. Recently there was a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial couple and the commercial was taken off the air because of the horrible backlash. Hopefully at some point in the future our society will be ready for commercials featuring more social issues.
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We Need More Than 'Glee'

We Need More Than 'Glee' | Television Sitcoms |
When my 7-year-old son announced to us that he is gay, the last thing I thought about was television.
Raquel Doering's comment, October 20, 2013 6:58 PM
Natalie, do you think waiting for our generation to become parents is too long to wait?
Raquel Doering's comment, October 20, 2013 6:58 PM
Chelsea, I have actually watched one episode of Sean Saves the World. While there were a few jokes that were not perfectly appropriate for children, they were jokes that children would not necessarily realize were being made or understand. The show did have a family atmosphere, although not the traditional nuclear family of the American sitcom, between Sean and his teenage daughter. However, I do not think it is a show children would enjoy. Possibly, older teenagers in high school might enjoy it.
Megan Walsh's comment, October 27, 2013 11:50 PM
I agree with many of the previous comments, in the fact that if young children are exposed to LGBT characters on television, they will be more accepting and understanding of that lifestyle. Again, I agree that "Glee" was successful because it was relatable. It did not only portray gay characters, but it played off of jocks, nerds, etc. , all different stereotypes that are commonly found in high schools across the country today. Also, I think "Glee" frames the certain lifestyle of their characters in an appropriate way, an example being, the football players are not too masculine, and the gay characters are not overtly gay, at least not enough to negatively alter the show. As fellow classmates have already mentioned, when characters are portrayed as overly gay, it can be a huge turn off to a television show and not succeed. In today's day in age, in order to incorporate LGBT characters into a sitcom, I think it is best to do it in a subtle, unobtrusive way, given, again, as previously mentioned, older generations who are not as accepting as current and or future generations are, still tune into popular television sitcoms as well.