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New Style in Sitcom: exploring genre terms of contemporary American comedy TV series through their utilization of documentary style
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Through exploring the use of documentary style in a selection of contemporary American comedy series, this thesis closes in on the question whether texts that stylistically differ from traditional sitcom can still be regarded as part of the sitcom genre. The contemporary American TV series that are being analyzed are The Office, Arrested Development, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Michael J. Fox Show. As the series’ place within sitcom becomes apparent, the analysis ultimately leads to a critical investigation of the term “comedy verite.” Questioning the concepts applicability for the American series and their development leads to the investigation of new definitions. This analysis of contemporary televisual styles reveals a myriad of deeper issues and elucidates how stylistic developments point towards broader developments of the TV medium – towards a medium more and more defined by, or even drenched in, “reality.”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 106 p.
Keyword [en]
TV; television; TV studies; series; sitcom; comedy; documentary style; contemporary; New Comedy; Antonio Savorelli; style; descriptive stylistics; analytical stylistics; Jeremy Butler; documentary; comedy verite; Brett Mills; Ethan Thompson; Reality TV; Modern Family; The Office; Parks and Recreation; Arrested Development; Brooklyn Nine Nine; The Michael J Fox Show
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108470ISRN: LIU-ISAK/KSM-A -- 14/03 -- SEOAI: diva2:730505
Subject / course
Culture, Society and Media Production, D-level
Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-06-27 Last updated: 2014-08-12Bibliographically approved

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