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The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time

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Since the advent of network television, situation comedies have been a staple of prime-time programming. Classics of the genre have emerged in every decade, from The Honeymooners and Make Room for Daddy in the 1950s to 30 Rock, The Office, and Modern Family of the twenty-first century. Other shows that have left enduring impressions are The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, T ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Scarecrow Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Everyone has a favorite sitcom. In THE GREATEST SITCOMS OF ALL TIME, Martin Gitlin has undertaken the daunting task of ranking the top 50 sitcoms of all time. The results make for entertaining and informative reading. Gitlin evaluated hundreds of shows based on factors such as its longevity, ratings, the awards it won, its impact on society and so on. From that, he came up with a ranked list that reads like a who's-who of TV comedy including shows like COSBY, 30 ROCK, THE JACK BENNY SHOWS, FRASI ...more
Andrew Pierce
This is basically an encyclopedia of great sitcoms. Unfortunately it is as stale as reading an encyclopedia. The opinions lack the passion of say Roger Ebert's Great Movies series, and the information looks like it was pulled from the shows Wikipedia or IMDB page. A disappointment for sure.
This is a fun book, with interesting anecdotes. It's a nice respite from heavier fare. I enjoy "list" books; this one is particularly well done. Even if you don't agree with the rankings, it sure is a fun read!
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MARTIN (MARTY) GITLIN is a freelance book writer and journalist based in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to Diana, Princess of Wales (Greenwood 2008), he has written several history books for students, including works on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, Battle of The Little Bighorn, and Stock Market Crash of 1929. He has also written biographies of NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff ...more
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