Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tina Fey’s Sitcom Picked up by Netflix- Oliver Brass

Good news for Tina Fey fans,  her sitcom the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” got picked up by Netflix for two seasons. 30 Rock really got me on the Tina Fey bandwagon (sure she does a good Sarah Palin but that only entertaining … Continue reading

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How Far Have We Come From Amos ‘n’ Andy? – Clarielle Marsh (Essay Blog)

I thought I’d use this blog to take a look at the growth the American sitcom has shown in regards to the representation of Black people and Blackness on television since the times of Amos ‘n’ Andy. With the nascent appearance … Continue reading

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Poverty Porn and Laughing at Other’s Misfortune Oliver Brass

Although a common theme through the history of television, more recently shows such as Swamp People, Trailer Park Boys and Raising Hope have relied on poverty porn.  Poverty porn constitutes any show that relies primarily on the low socio-economic status … Continue reading

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An Almost Intersectional Approach: Bob’s Burgers-Oliver Brass

Bob’s Burgers is a half hour animated sitcom produced and released on FOX. The show follows the five Belchers. Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise are a family living in on Ocean Avenue, in an undisclosed northeastern town who operate … Continue reading

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Hitchcock-Herrmann by Sam Tarde

I recently wrote my final paper on the Hitchcock-Herrmann collaboration, and how due to this roaring success, music as an integrated element of the plot became essential in all types of films. I focused on four of his films between … Continue reading

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Selfie and complicated female leads

ABC’s new fall sitcom, Selfie is really growing on me. Although, I didn’t much care for the pilot, and the second episode left me feeling similarly blasé. My girlfriend turned to me after the second episode and said, “Its kind … Continue reading

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Legit and representations of disability

Disability is an essential identity category as much as race, sex, gender, sexuality, or any other phenotype. Yet, television has few disabled characters, particularly sitcoms. What strikes me while watching episodes of sitcoms from the 1950s is the absence of … Continue reading

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