Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era
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BeschreibungArchie Bunker. Jed. Laverne and Shirley. Cliff Huxtable. Throughout the entire history of American prime-time television only four sitecoms have been true blockbusters, with Nielsen ratings far above the second- and third-rated programs. Weekly, millions of Americans of every age were making a special effort to turn on the set to see what Archie, Jed, Laverns, and Cliff were doing that week. The wild popularity of these shows -- All in the Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Laverne & Shirley (and its partner Happy Days), and The Cosby Show -- left commentators bewildered by the tastes and preferences of the American public. Haw do we account far the huge appeal of these sitcoms, and how does it figure into the history of network prime-time television?Janet Staiger answers these questions by detailing the myriad factors that go into the construction of mass audiences. Treating the four shows as case studies, she deftly balances factual explanations (for instance, the impact of VCRs and cable on network domination of TV) with more interpretative ones (for example, the transformation of The Beverly Hillbillies from a popular show detested by the critics, to a blockbuster after its elevation as the critics' darling), and juxtaposes industry-based reasons (for example, the ways in which TV shows derive success from placement in the weekly programming schedule) with stylistic explantions (how, for instance, certain shows create pleasure from a repetition and variation of a formula).
Pressestimmen"Staiger's Blockbuster TV artfully balances formal analysis, inflected with and informed by various theoretical perspectives, of four different sitcoms with an examination of their reception.--JUMPCUT "Staiger offers a radical counter-approach to traditional film-centered analysis." --Jump Cut
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: NEW YORK UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2000
Seitenanzahl: 234 Seiten