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Table of Contents Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Section 1 Conventions of the Genre 1.1 Origins of the Genre: In Search of the Radio Sitcom 20 by David Marc 1.2 Breaking and Entering: Transgressive Comedy on Television 34 by Michael V. Tueth 1.3 American Situation Comedies and the Modern Comedy of Manners 49 by David Pierson Section 2 Reframing the Family 2.1 Who Rules the Roost?: Sitcom Family Dynamics from the Cleavers 63 the Osbournes by Judy Kutulas 2.2 From Ozzie to Ozzy: The Nonevolution of the Sitcom Family 77 by Laura R. Linder 2.3 Against The Organization Man: The Andy Griffith Show and the 91 Small Town Family Ideal by John O'Leary and Rick Worland Section 3 Gender Represented 3.1 Talking Sex: Comparison Shopping Through Female Conversation 106 in HBO's Sex and The City by Sharon Marie Ross 3.2 Our Miss Brooks: Situating Gender in Teacher Sitcoms 120 by Mary M. Dalton 3.3 I Love Lucy: Television and Gender in Postwar Domestic Ideology 135 by Lori Landay Section 4 Race and Ethnicity 4.1 The Hidden Truths in Black Sitcoms 150 by Robin R. Means Coleman and Charlton D. McIlwain 4.2 Segregated Sitcoms: Institutional Causes of Disparity Among Black and 166 White Comedy Images and Audiences by Amanda Dyanne Lotz 4.3 Negotiated Boundaries: Production Practices and the Making of 182 Representation in Julia by Demetria Shabazz Section 5 Situating Sexual Orientation 5.1 Sealed with a Kiss: Heteronormative Narrative Strategies in NBC's 198 Will & Grace by Denis M. Provencher 5.2 Ellen: Coming Out and Disappearing 215 by Valerie Peterson 5.3 Poofs--Cheesy and Other: Identity Politics as Commodity in South Park 231 by Karen Anijar, Hsueh-hua Vivian Chen, and Thomas Walker Section 6 Work and Social Class 6.1 Women, Love and Work: The Doris Day Show as Cultural Dialogue 245 by Phyllis Zrzavy 6.2 "Who's In Charge Here?" Views of Media Ownership in Situation Comedies 261 by Paul R. Kohl 6.3 Liberated Women and New Sensitive Men: Reconstructing Gender in the 275 1970s Workplace Comedies by Judy Kutulas Section 7 Implications of Ideology 7.1 Sex and the Sitcom: Gender and Genre in Millennial Television 289 by Christine Scodari 7.2 Cheers: Searching for the Ideal Public Sphere in the Ideal Public House 305 by Robert S. Brown 7.3 "It's Just a Bunch of Stuff that Happened:" The Simpsons and the Possibility 314 of Postmodern Comedy by H. Peter Steeves Bibliography 328 Contributors 356
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Comedy programs -- United States -- History and criticism.