According to the essay "Who Rules the Roost?" (on D2L), how do sitcoms in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s parallel or mirror what's happening in real-life America? Make a table, showing the changes: columns might feature the five decades, and your rows, categories like Onscreen, IRL, and Example Series.
Richard Butsch finds that working-class sitcoms peaked during three decades: when, and why? And at the time of his essay, in what decade did the most working-class sitcoms appear?
In American sitcoms, how do working-class stereotypes differ from middle-class stereotypes? Where does Modern Family fall, and does it uphold these character types? Offer at least three examples from "Game Changer."
How do Robin R. Means and Charlton D. McIlwain define Black situation comedy? And how do they breakdown the six eras of Black sitcom programming? Find at least one image to represent each of the periods.
The history of FOX, The WB, and UPN has been discussed in several of this week's readings, but mostly in "Segregated Sitcoms." Why are these networks significant to the history of black comedy? Finally, where does Real Husbands of Hollywood fit in the current TV landscape of (white and black) situational comedy?
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