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Sitcoms. Show us what you know about sitcoms. Tell us what their key features are and how the genre has changed over time. Dont forget to give us plenty of examples.

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We want to take your ideas seriously. Show us what you know about sitcoms. Tell us what their key features are and how the genre has changed over time. Don't forget to give us plenty of examples. Sitcoms were started on January 12 1926, they were first aired on radio, they then erupted onto television screens in the late 1940s, most of them were half-an-hour long and were aired weekly. Many of the early sitcoms were adaptations of existing radio shows. As time went on, Sitcoms began to divide themselves into two groups. The domestic comedy (which focused on a family or married couple in there home) and the workplace comedy (which focused on employees at work). The 1970s is seen as the "Golden Era" of British sitcoms. Many of the sitcoms made in 70s are still going strong today. ...read more.

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This sitcom and others alike it are now seen as period pieces because their ways of handling racial issues are seen as politically incorrect. Racial sitcoms were very popular within the 70's, however today no racist sitcoms are being made because racist views are no longer accepted in today's society. Today, the new sitcoms are based around issues and dilemmas within families or a group of friends and this is now seen as the replacement for the racist sitcoms. As well as racism, another popular sitcom theme has been homosexuality but instead of stopping gay sitcom productions like the racist ones, the homosexuality genre has been able to develop with time. The 70s portrayed being gay as wrong and the gay characters of the sitcoms were the victims in the situation comedy. However as time progressed gays have now been accepted in society. ...read more.

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Proof of these stereotypes in the modern day can be found in sitcoms such as "My Family". British sitcoms are different to American sitcoms. In UK sitcoms the focus is very much on all the characters and their class. The upper-class characters are portrayed as intelligent and civil, however the Lower-class characters are shown as loud, shallow but nice. The British sitcom concentrates on the social aspects and likes to show that everyone has their place in society. American sitcoms usually like to focus on individual developments of a character opposed to their position in a class system like the British sitcoms. They also tend to use dysfunctional relationships to get the audience to interact with the characters and therefore provoke more laughter. A good example of an American sitcom with all these features is "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". ...read more.

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