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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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Binge watching: The Mindy Project

I love a good sitcom. Unfortunately, as the years have gone by, too many sitcoms rest on tired jokes and tropes without bothering to say anything interesting about the amusing situations that naturally crop up in everyday life. And to ...

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