Monthly Archives: September 2016

Modern Family-A Modern Farce | Valerie Medoff

Today in my theatre history class we were discussing Plautus’ play The Brothers Menaechmus, a farce from ancient Rome. A lot of this play deals with mistaken identity between twin brothers and involves many doors through which characters enter and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on I Love Lucy’s subversion of gender roles

(Leah Haynes) Just to briefly comment on this week’s examination of the family/marital sitcom: Landay’s chapter and interview corresponded nicely to my original reactions to the I Love Lucy episodes we watched this week, especially “Job Switching.” After watching the episode, … Continue reading

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A Caricature of a Sitcom- Karly Morgan

Karly Morgan Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is awesome. Tina Fey is the HBIC in the writing room, Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, and Jane Krakowski dominate the screen, and the story follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper)’s adventures in New York City. What was … Continue reading

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How the Principles of Sitcom Allowed the League to Last so Long

The League is a sitcom centered around five grown men that obsess over their fantasy football league. While the idea behind the show starts with fantasy football, the true comedy in the situations stems from the individual storylines of how … Continue reading

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Modern Family Breaking New Ground…Again.

In Chapter 2 of the reading, Judy Kutulas explains the evolution of the sitcom family by stating: “Our families today look and function differently from the way they did when the family sitcom began, as does the relationship between series … Continue reading

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Odd Mom Out

By: Andrew Guido Still from Modern Family, Season 3 episode 20;“The Last Walt.” As we discuss the dynamics of the nuclear family in the 1950s, I find it fascinating at how much this ideal has changed. Personally, I find the expectations of … Continue reading

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Irking Scientology

Later on this semester, students in my undergraduate and graduate Culture and the Sitcom seminars will watch the iconic South Park episode on Scientology.  If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen “Trapped in the Closet” at least once. … Continue reading

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