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The television series Community and Sitcom: A case study aimed at the genre of contemporary American Sitcom television series
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
TV-serien Community och Sitcom : En fallstudie riktad mot genren av samtida amerikanska Sitcom TV-serier (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is asking whether the television series Community (2009-) can be defined as a Sitcom, combined with a look at how other genres that generally are considered to be non-comic are incorporated in the series and how those are identifiable as well as whether or not they compromise Community’s possible label as a Sitcom. In seeking to define this show’s place in its own genre I found that whilst Community does not follow the archetypal technical conventions of Sitcom, it still does follow some of its setups, tropes and ideas. It does not suffice as a classical Sitcom, but it does lean on some of the genres conventions and has not yet passed over the line where it would be part of a completely different genre. Instead I state that the series fits the term New Comedy, as devised by Antonio Savorelli, not a genre but a term representing the heightened use of metatextuality on four levels in Comedy. Thus Community suffices as a part of an evolved version of the Sitcom genre.

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Community, Television, Sitcom, Comedy, Western, Documentary, New Comedy, Genre, Contemporary American Television Series
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Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15067Local ID: FIV D-2OAI: diva2:558088
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Film Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-10-24 Created: 2012-10-01 Last updated: 2012-10-24Bibliographically approved

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