Gameshows, Westerns and newsmagazines may come and go, but one genre that has survived over the decades: sketch comedy.
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 it comes time to name classic shows of the 1970s, "WKRP in Cincinnati" seems to always be left off the list.
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…