When Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's animated Stone Age family "The Flintstones" bowed on ABC in 1960, it was gently heralding the dawn of a new chapter in television. After being exclusively seen on…
Zero Mostel once said the common denominator among his favorite female television comedians is that they all loved to share.
In 1969, fans of ABC's "The Brady Bunch" watched Greg, Marcia and the rest of the siblings preening in the bathroom with one important element missing: a toilet.
The family comedy was proclaimed dead. Single-camera sitcoms didn't work. Fox couldn't do live-action laffers, period.
A not-so-funny thing happened to the sitcom at the turn of the millennium. Viewer erosion, the reality TV explosion and a bloated economic model, among other factors, threatened to cripple a genre…
Before "Freaks and Geeks" there was "Square Pegs." Starring a pre-"Sex and the City" Sarah Jessica Parker, the show captured all the pain and pathos of what it was like to be a high school misfit in…
Even when you can't remember the name of an actor in a favorite sitcom from your childhood, chances are you can still hum the theme song. As composer Jonathan Wolff ("Seinfeld") explains: "A unique…
When approached to throw together 500 or so words on the state of television comedy today, I was apprehensive; persons who are foolhardy enough to prognosticate on such things often come off sounding…
Should TV Land programmers schedule "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" followed by "The Odd Couple" or is it better the other way around? Is "I Love Lucy" better suited with "All in the Family" than "The…
"In the beginning, God created 'Lucy.' Everything else came from that." This bit of hyperbole from author and TV historian Bart Andrews is not far from the truth. Certainly "I Love Lucy," the 1951-57…
Despite lackluster ratings, the slapstick laffer "NewsRadio" managed to receive enough critical support to stick around for most of the late 1990s.