Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community


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Chicago Review Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Saul Austerlitz is the author of Another Fine Mess: A History of the American Film Comedy, named by Booklist as one of the ten best arts books of 2010, and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Slate, and elsewhere.


"An enthusiastic, well-observed, fresh look at old favorites that makes a compelling case for the genius of American film comedy." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Another Fine Mess"
"Astute and bursting with information--an entertaining treat for sitcom fans and a valuable contribution to TV history." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"[...] Austerlitz ingeniously and persuasively uses the genre of situation comedy as an American Rosetta stone, showing it to be capable of decoding itself (thanks to its endless self-references) and of making intelligible an entire social archaeology, [...] Bottomless in its depth of research but as light in touch as the best of its subjects, "Sitcom" belongs in any home that has a sofa and a TV set." --Stuart Klawans, the" Nation"
"A compulsively readable and often laugh-out-loud funny study of the American sitcom." --Starred review, "Library Journal"
"[Austerliz] is capable of delightfully mischievous prose." --The New Republic
"[A] smart new book" --"The New Yorker"
"Austerlitz writes with a direct and punchy style... that makes for compelling reading." --"Paste"