Lucille Ball’s Influence On Modern Female Sitcom Stars

Lucille Ball has clearly had a profound influence on many modern situation comedy actresses. The first lesson she taught the comedic stars who followed her is that a female sitcom star can take charge. On a superficial level, Lucy Ricardo — the homemaker she played on CBS’s “I Love Lucy” during the 1950s — appears to enforce outmoded gender roles. But look closer and you’ll find that Lucy Ricardo decides her fate and often has Read more »

Top 10 Sitcom Moms Of All Time

Posted February 13th, 2012 by admin

It takes a lot to keep your family in line and these sitcom moms knew how to do it! These moms were a big break from the traditional cookie baking moms of the past.

1. Lois from Malcom in the Middle
Keeping 5 boys in line is not an easy task. Why we love her: Her hard nose attitude and unique punishments.

2. Roseanne from Roseanne
Roseanne was one of the traditional role breakers. Why we love her: She Read more »

The Connors-America’s Most Realistic Sitcom Family

Posted January 31st, 2012 by admin

The concept of families in American television has come a long way and it has been a path of adding realism into a middle class American concept. Television now in every home, is a great way to market whatever ideas the TV world wants to show the people and it isn’t always realistic.

Out of the chaotic sixties television producers brought shows like Andy Griffith, Leave it to Beaver, and Father Knows Best. The producers wanted to create the illusion that the public could go back to the quiet, calm, ‘stuff it Read more »

Post-Cheers: Sitcoms Today

Posted January 17th, 2012 by

It doesn’t matter how you watch television: on TV or on a computer with broadband internet, we all know what a sitcom is and you’ve most likely heard of Cheers and Frasier. Have you ever asked yourself what made those sitcoms great? When you look at Cheers, most of it was about a bar where regular Joes went to complain about their everyday lives. It wasn’t tremendously dynamic in concept and most of the action happened in one room. Frasier, the popular spin-off, was the same way: a radio psychiatrist endures wacky antics with his family in Seattle where intellectualism clashes with the world at large. What made these shows so great and how do they compare to sitcoms today?

I’ll tell you.

Simple answer: complex characters.

If you look at any sitcom nowadays there is really not a whole lot to the characters. They all run the gamut from stereotypical to insultingly predictable and you aren’t challenged. There are no psychiatrists with cheating wives or mailmen with borderline sociopathic tendencies. Characters aren’t given nearly enough time to develop and open up to the audience and the audience isn’t given a moment to think about these characters and decide for themselves if they are worth cheering for.

Cheers and Frasier had tremendous roots in realism but managed to entertain without being overly preachy or maudlin. Much of it has to do with the writing but a lot of it has to do with what networks think you want and what many couch critics have ordained and condemned the rest of the public to. That’s why the sophisticated sitcom is dead and you’ll never see anything like Cheers and Frasier again. Because challenging the audience doesn’t guarantee a profit or a following.

Sitcom Catch Phrases That We Will Never Forget

Posted July 18th, 2011 by admin

While considering the subject of TV sitcom catch phrases I realized I had a hard time coming up with any that are from current shows. On the Big Bang Theory genius Sheldon Cooper frequently uses the term “Bazinga” following a joke or important point. I guess this could qualify as a catch phrase although I’m not sure it has really caught on. Some may recognize the phrase “Suit up!” as the mantra of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother but I’ve never heard it come up in a real-life conversation.

In contrast catch phrases Read more »

Friends Impact On 1990′s Popular Culture

Posted July 17th, 2011 by admin

Running ten strong seasons after its debut in the fall of 1994, Friends was indisputably one of the great sitcoms of the 1990s. The six main cast members will be forever linked with their television alter-egos, regardless of what they have done in the seven years since the series ended (with the possible exception of Jennifer Aniston and the intense tabloid focus on her love life).

Friends holds a high place in the pantheon of pop culture, introducing Read more »

Top 10 Sitcom Spin Offs Of All Time

Posted July 14th, 2011 by admin

Here is a list of what we consider the Top 10 spin-offs of ALL time (not in any particular order).

10. Melrose Place (1992 – 1999). This prime-time drama was a spin-off from 90210.

9. A Different World (1987 -1993). A Different world started out as a spin-off from The Cosby Show where the Huxtable’s second oldest daughter goes off to college. However, after one season the title character leaves the show. Many critics feel that after this happened the show found Read more »

Top 10 Most Influential Sitcoms Of All Time

Posted July 12th, 2011 by

10 – I Love Lucy had many distinctions including being the first to showcase a pregnant woman.

9 – All In The Family most accurately portrayed the differences in generations during a turbulent time.

8 – Cheers was able to cover serious issues, like Sam’s alcoholism, while still staying light and entertaining.

7 – Roseanne is one of few shows to feature a working-class family with focus on the mother. It tackled many controversial topics of its day. Ever wonder how people felt when the show got cancelled? Read about it here.

6 – The Cosby Show was the first show about the life of an African American family.

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