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Binge watching: Misfits

There are very few shows I watch on a weekly basis. Other than Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, those that keep me glued to the TV when a show is first released are those that have become ‘events’, like ...

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Masculinity according to Full House

Why is it that when I watch older television sitcoms, I often find a more enlightened view on social constructs than appear on those currently airing? Seems to me that the late 80’s/early 90s was far more progressive than we ...

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Gimmicks and sitcoms: A sustainable set-up?

Watching – and thoroughly enjoying –  The Grinder has prompted me to think about sitcoms and their use of ‘gimmicks’ as both a set-up for an entire series as well as for singular jokes. The Grinder is built around the gimmick of lampooning tropes ...

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Love: We’ve all been there

It feels like cable channels and other alternative programming arenas are embracing the anti-Hollywood love story. With shows like Girls and Californication, we’ve seen all kinds of self-destructive, narcissistic behaviour of young twenty-somethings and even older generations. The new Judd ...

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