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|Topical heading||Situation comedies (Television programs)
|Variant(s)||Sitcoms (Television programs)
Television situation comedies
|See also||Television comedies
|Found in||Moving image materials, 1998 (Situation comedies: use for a comic series or serial in which the same characters involved in the same setting and circumstances ("situation") are used in episode after episode; UF Sitcoms; BT: Comedies)
Moving image genre/form guide via WWW, Oct. 31, 2007 (Situation comedy: Fictional work for television, normally running a half hour in length, which creates humor around the lives of a cast of recurring characters and the "situations" in which they find themselves. Generally, regardless of what happens in any given episode, the characters remain in the same relationships and position as they were before, and much of the humor derives from this predictability. The characters seldom change, and react in an expected manner to whatever challenges them, and generally the overall tenor of the shows is upbeat, expecting a happy, satisfying resolution. Everyday life is often an important element, and as a result, although the setting could be almost anywhere, most situation comedies are set in the home or workplace)
Lopez, D. Films by genre, c1993 (Situation comedy (Sitcom): Essentially a television form, situation comedy or sitcom (usually designed to fill up a half-hour slot); same characters reappearing with each installment; characters behave predictably; most located in the home, others were the characters work; typical is the insertion of a laugh-track)
Mills, B. Television sitcom, 2005.
Comedy : geographic and historical guide, 2005: table of contents (Television sitcoms)
Hamamoto, D.Y. Nervous laughter : television situation comedy and liberal democratic ideology, 1989.