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…
"I Love Lucy" may have given birth to the sitcom but the genre didn't truly come of age until the 1970s. The smiley face decade gave rise to an amazing number of classic comedies as the screwball…
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…
Despite lackluster ratings, the slapstick laffer "NewsRadio" managed to receive enough critical support to stick around for most of the late 1990s.
Earle Marsh, veteran television historian, describes Sid Caesar's status unequivocally: "He's probably the first television-bred comic TV genius," Marsh says bluntly. "He really didn't have an…
Carl Reiner started out too smart for his own good. "They kept skipping me a grade in school," Reiner recalls of his childhood in the Bronx. He got so far ahead of himself, he says, "I started to…
We asked showrunner Rob Burnett to devise two nights of programming, using any program from the beginning of television.
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