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  • Mike Brady
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    THE BRADY BUNCH The word sitcom is short for Situation Comedy. A good sitcom story idea places the star (or supporting character) into a situation in need of a resolution, which will cause the character to respond in unexpected, exaggerated, and hugely sidesplitting ways (Ran now, pg. 13). A comedy now days are different from how they were in the 1960's and 1970's though. Today directors use sexual content and foul language to make people laugh and do not usually have a purpose or point to get a...
  • Satirical Messages Within The Show
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    The definition of the "typical" American family has changed considerably over time. Ever since the age of television dawned on American culture, situation comedies have tried to portray the typical American family in an attempt to reach as many viewers as possible. In the 1950's, there was "Leave It to Beaver" which represented a generic view of the American family during its time. There was a father whose responsibility was to financially support the family and be a role model for his children....
  • Bike On The Show
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    Orange County Choppers When I first saw the show, Orange County Choppers, on the Discovery Channel, I was a little bit confused about the premise of it. At first, the show is expressed as one about a family run business that builds custom motorcycles. But then, as I continued to watch the show, it occurred to me that it was intended to be a little bit more. Unlike traditional texts, "The structure of television makes us watch passively". (The World is a Text, by Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader...
  • Every Episode The A Team
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    Demystifying The A-Team Formula: an Examination of Character Personalities and Old Genres "In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as sol dies of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team". Most everyone who has been watchi...
  • Show The Next Day
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    One Life to Live is a soap opera broadcast ed on the ABC channel on the weekdays. I started to watch this show when I was a sophomore in high school, and when I used to come home from school, my mom would be watching it. That is how I got addicted to it. The story takes place in a town called Llanview. One Life to Live appeals to many viewers because the show keeps the viewers hanging onto the episode's next scene. The viewers know that if they watch the last scenes of one episode, then, the nex...
  • Show About Family Life
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    TV Shows and Real Life TV shows are probably the primary source of entertainment for the average American. Most of them run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with reruns starting at 5 p.m. We watch them because they give us something to do, a way to relax, something to help pass the time. We all watch different shows, some people like " Married... with Children', some are repulsed with it, but like to watch 'HomeImprovement', what draws particular crowds to certain shows? How do these shows portray the ave...
  • Transformers Action Figures
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    Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye When I was younger, I loved to watch cartoons. Although I watched many cartoons, there was one cartoon in particular that caught my attention the most. This cartoon was a science fiction story about robotic lifeforms called The Transformers. At that time, The Transformers was the most exciting and important thing in my life. It came on everyday, and I tried not to ever miss an episode. If I knew I would miss an episode, I made sure I had someone record it fo...
  • Bart As The Star Of The Show
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    The Improbable Long-Term Success of The Simpsons When examining the history of modern prime-time television, there is a certain pattern that virtually every successful show inevitably falls into. After a period of initial success, perhaps lasting three or four years, the writing on the show becomes stale by using the same format and same jokes over and over. The viewing audience becomes bored, and eventually, the show fades into television oblivion. Or, as Jeff MacGregor states in The New York T...
  • Example In Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
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    Situation Comedy Before writing this essay, I watched a old re-run of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and I read the chapter in the television textbook where a episode of Leave It to Beaver was broken down into Act One, Act Two, Act Three and Act Four. It was there that I realized that since 1951, with the premiere of I Love Lucy, that most sitcoms follow a very basic, but successful pattern. I will demonstrate how this is accomplished in the sitcom week in and week out. The first act must establis...
  • Funny Part Of The Show
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    The television series Married... with Children started in late 1987 and had a schedule for thirteen shows. It came about from the minds of two directors named Amanda Bearse and Gerry Cohen. Their goal was to bring up a comedy series different than others in the recent past. The series was taped in Sony Studios and had brought up many controversial issues. For example, the third season of the show is the time when the show got increase fame. A woman by the name of Terry Rakolta, who lived in Mich...
  • Episode Of The Simpsons
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    What separates the comedies that were shown on television fifty, forty, or even twenty five years ago from those of today? First, we may notice technological differences, the difference between black and white and color, the difference between film stock (or even kinescope) and video. Then there are the numerous social differences. For instance, the myth of the universal traditional two-parent family is not as secure as it was in the fifties and sixties, and the comedies of the different eras re...
  • Few Episodes Of The Show
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    American society loves to watch other people struggle to deal with life's hardships. We find this much more entertaining than perfect fairy tales where everyone lives happily ever after. My friend Kim Olsen is the perfect example as every Tuesday night you can find her glued to MTV at ten o'clock to see who will hook up next or who will start a fight with whom. This past summer I became interested in MTV's, The Real World, because every Tuesday night Kim would watch each episode and then spend t...

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