Monday, December 29, 2014

Cracking the Sitcom Code

"Cracking the Sitcom Code", an essay in The Atlantic online, is must reading for teachers (and students) of this popular media genre. 

Excerpt: " From The Simpsons to Seinfeld, from Everybody Loves Raymond to Everybody Hates Chris, from Taxi to Arrested Development to Parks & Recreation, there is a highly-specific, minute-by-minute recipe used to write the vast majority of sitcoms out there. And once you know the formula, it makes it much easier to write them, and much harder to watch them without seeing that formula—the “sitcom code”—everywhere you look."

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