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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 | The Death or Resurrection of the American Sitcom | Scoop.it
It was renowned (and recently deceased) film critic Andrew Sarris who popularized the “auteur theory” in American cinema. In extreme short
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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.

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What ‘Modern Family’ Says About Modern Families - This Life

What ‘Modern Family’ Says About Modern Families - This Life | The Death or Resurrection of the American Sitcom | Scoop.it
For “Modern Family,” self-analysis is part of the sitcom’s storyline.
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This article analyzes “the most talked-about sitcom of the moment,” Modern Family, and how it presents a more contemporary view of family life. The sitcom developed a new, modern family tree that differs strikingly from the standard 1950’s sitcom lifestyle. One home is made up of a man married to a younger Colombian wife with her son, while another features a gay couple and their adopted Vietnamese daughter. But introducing a stable homosexual couple and a trophy wife into the sitcom was not the only transformation, as Modern Family also taps into how immersed we are in technology these days. Another change to the sitcom was the “mockumentary” film style also used in the making of The Office; characters frequently glance at the camera or engage in interviews with the cameraperson. While the comedy of Modern Family can be related to past sitcoms such as Seinfeld or Arrested Development, it also gets at the heart of true family values as was done previously in sitcoms like The Cosby Show and Family Ties. Rather than showing how the family functions in the world, however, Modern Family explores how the family functions internally, with all of its love and comedic dysfunction.

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