The past and present of the black situation comedies

The sitcom was primarily aimed towards the black population and was based on a small family living together in an inner city Chicago neighborhood.

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There are plenty of funnier workplace comedies like Cheers, Newsradio, etc. That and this last season was kind of bleh on the whole.

Still I like that they're mostly average people in middle-class circumstance. There for awhile it seemed like NBC sitcoms were only about witty and sophisticated urban-dwellers, this is possibly why I never gelled with 30 Rock been there, done that, no longer carewith some "white trash" side-dishes like "My Name is Earl" thrown in.

King of the Hill is maybe more believable in some ways, but it kind of got in a rut there too after awhile.

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I guess some comedies I never got into at all include Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - I almost think people watched it because TV was new to them.

Sanford and Son - Red Foxx irritated me for some reason. The theme song is okay though. Three's Company - Blah, but I guess John Ritter was an okay guy and it's certainly sad he died young. Designing Women - I was not the audience they had in mind, at least I don't think.

Family Matters - It was "okay not great" at first, but when Urkel became increasingly dominant and wacky it really lost me. King of Queens - Kind of took "Fat guy marries attractive yet witchy woman" to the logical conclusion, but that's not necessarily anything I want.

Frasier - I sometimes try to pretend Frasier is still a character whose scientist father died and who had no siblings.

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I really disliked the Frasier of Frasier when I didn't dislike him in Cheers or Wings in his guest appearance. Still there was a couple episodes I liked okay.

The past and present of the black situation comedies

Two and a Half Man - Aargh! I disliked Friends too, but I'd have to admit I did find it funny at times. What I disliked was that the characters were really vapid and irritating, but they almost seemed aggressive that you like them or consider them "cool.

I liked the first few seasons of Seinfeld, I love the limo episode, but at some point my hatred of the characters just made watching it unpleasant. I still don't think they were as hateful in the early seasons as they became.

The past and present of the black situation comedies

I think early on they were just insensitive and petty, they became almost like actively malicious at some point and I rarely find that funny I agree with Ozzie and Harriet TV was so new and few shows to choose from so it's more difficult to judge how funny the show actually was in reality.

Sanford and Son was terrible I agree with Frasier, great character in Cheers King Of The Hill was pretty funny I loved the episode where Bobby learned "female" self defense and popped his dad in the groin. I find it interesting that The Office and Friends are mentioned so often in this thread; perhaps the producers missed something.This season, with 22 situation comedies on the air, was big on single-parent domcoms with the premieres of THE DORIS DAY SHOW, THE GHOST AND MRS.

MUIR, HERE'S LUCY, MAYBERRY, R.F.D., and the first sitcom starring a black woman, JULIA, with Diahn Carroll. Nov 14,  · There are plenty of funnier workplace comedies like Cheers, Newsradio, etc. That and this last season was kind of bleh on the whole. That and this last season was kind of bleh on the whole.

Still I like that they're mostly average people in middle-class circumstance. In the number of situation comedies, for the first time, equaled the number of comedy-variety shows on television.

In that year there were 22 situation comedies as and 22 comedy- varieties. There were 13 new situation comedies on the air that year. It is ironic that Garth Ancier from the WB network says that "shows back then were plain buffoonish," which implies that present day black comedies are not.

African American shows on the WB and the UPIT networks have provoked heavy criticism everyday for their poor portrayal of blacks. The Best TV Sitcoms of All Time.

present It might seem this offshoot of The Jackie Gleason Show has had a considerable impact on the world of situation comedies for six decades. Home» Black History» Black Cinema» History of Television – Black Sitcoms.

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