For more than fifty years some very funny people have been entering American homes through television's big picture window. From Lucy and Uncle Miltie, to Archie Bunker and Marge Simpson, certain comic stars of television history have become t just cultural icons, but friends of the family. This comprehensive study of the most successful television comedies - including domestic sitcoms, workplace comedies, variety shows, late-night comedy, animated comedy, and more - reveals that, unlike the comedy found in film, on stage, in comedy clubs and concert halls, television's presentation of comic characters and stories must negotiate a relationship with the more privatized and value-laden environment of each American home that it enters.
The Author: Michael V. Tueth is Associate Professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University. He received his doctorate in American Studies from New York University and a master's degree in divinity from Saint Louis University. Tueth has taught at Regis University in Denver, Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of Maryland. He has published numerous articles and conducted workshops and seminars on comedy and its relationship to social change and religious attitudes.