History of American Television: The Sitcom
American situation comedy has arguably been one of the most successful popular culture genres of all time, both nationally and internationally. This course moves chronologically through the 20th and 21st centuries, analyzing the generic traits and evolution of the sitcom’s narrative forms. Each week, we will watch and discuss two to three episodes of a particular sitcom. Screenings may include The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Father Knows Best, The Twilight Zone, M*A*S*H, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Three’s Company, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, An American Family, Dallas, Who’s the Boss, The Golden Girls, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Friends, The Nanny, Seinfeld, Sex and the City, The Office, and Parks and Recreation.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with popular American sitcoms
- An understanding of how sitcoms evolved over time
- TV buffs
- The curious and creative
- Media and culture professionals