Gender, Class, and Race in American Sitcoms
- 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?
- 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?
- Why is the history of FOX, The WB, and UPN significant to the history of black comedy? Finally, where does Black-ish fit in the current TV landscape of (white and black) situational comedy?