Sitcoms are a funny thing, literally. Growing up, I remember coming home from school and doing my homework to Full House, That’s So Raven, and array of other evening sitcoms that glued me to the TV for hours. The quick humor, the sudden change of scenes and constant, quirky dilemmas the characters faced was by far my favorite type of television entertainment.
Although sitcoms are still extremely popular, for my generation, it seems the go-to form of entertainment now is to binge watch drama, fantasy, crime-filled shows on Netflix or Hulu and neglect the live, real-time viewing experience. My question is why the dynamic is so different? When I flip through the channels and come across a modern disney channel sitcom I can’t stand to watch it for more than 10 minutes. I find myself longing for the “old disney channel”. I thought I used to associate those shows with good childhood memories, but I know for a fact I would prefer to watch an old That’s So Raven or Wizards of Waverly Place show over any similar or “newer” version of these type of sitcoms. My friends and I found ourselves trying to mock the lives of our favorite characters on the shows, stealing the phrase “oh snap” or pretending to live out the secret life of a teenage wizard. The ability these shows had to connect with the viewer in such a strong way is incredible, especially considering the fact that the main characters in those shows were a psychic and a wizard.
That’s So Raven- Season 3: Taken to the Cleaners (October, 2004)
As I currently sit in my living room, typing this blog, my housemates are discussing the next show that they are considering watching. As they are comparing the list of shows they have planned to watch, my other housemate is flipping back and forth between The Voice and a new show named: This is Us. (This new sitcom has actually just been declared as the new Tuesday night house show we watch together!) TV shows have never been more popular and with websites that now give us unlimited access to millions of shows, we have the ability to watch whatever we want, whenever we want. The progressive modifications of sitcoms, and television shows is definitely evident when viewing older renditions. Although, personally, I prefer the “old stuff” it is pretty cool to watch the wide world of television expand; developing new ideas and televised productions to continue to clench the viewers attention and expand the world of media.