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Why 30 Rock Rocks and the Office Needs Some Work

Why 30 Rock Rocks and the Office Needs Some Work

The Role of Time/Space in Contemporary TV Sitcoms

Chapter:
(p.218) 15 Why 30 Rock Rocks and the Office Needs Some Work
Source:
Time in Television Narrative
Author(s):
Colin Irvine
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0016

This chapter, which examines what exactly constitutes the situation in a situation comedy; the features of the typical sitcom situation that make it humorous; and the importance of coherence for a show’s success, focuses on three contemporary shows: Arrested Development, The Office, and 30 Rock. Each show, with varying degrees of effectiveness, illustrates the supple quality of time in contemporary television; each, due to the dramatic, public nature of laughter, makes the otherwise inexplicable concepts connected with narrative time/space evident and appreciable.

Keywords:   television shows, television programs, comedies, coherence, situation comedy, sitcoms, time

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