Death of the Sitcom?

This session will consider the format of the sitcom, introducing ideas and characteristics of what was once a staple of television. The sitcom has dramatically changed but at its essence, usually revolved around characters trapped to each other and a specific type of space or circumstance. This session will discuss a range of American and British shows, including Seinfeld, Frasier, The Office and Peep Show to explore what comedy is, how the sitcom has changed and whether it has a future. The return of Frasier at the end of 2023, after nearly two decades may suggest there is but much of the success was arguably owed to a sense of nostalgia with older fans. Criticism in terms of the writing indicates a sense of displacement with the central character. In contrast a programme like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has remained a staple of subscription-based television for almost 20 years. This session will explore the role streaming services play in televised comedy and whether the concept and impact of the sitcom remains significant or a relegation of nostalgia.     

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  • the total duration of the event is 1 hour ( ~ 50mins lecture and 10mins Q&A)
  • the talk doesn’t require any prior training and anyone can join
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Daniel O'Brien
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Dr Daniel O’Brien is a Lecturer and Researcher in Film and Digital Media at the University of Essex. He has published work on film, gaming, interactive art and video essays across a range of academic journals, books and audio-visual collections. Vimeo / NECSUS Journal

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