Honey, I'm Home!: Sitcoms: Selling The American Dream

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1993 - Performing Arts - 291 pages
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Gerard Jone's Honey, I'm Home! has been widely acclaimed as the premier primer on America's Morality Plays-the TV situation comedies that have chained us to our Barcaloungers ever since Lucy first bawled her way into our hearts. Recalling the best and worst the sitcoms have had to offer, Jones recreates their atmosphere and their times with wisdom and style; paralleling the memory-lane trip is his shrewd and provocative assessment of the sitcom's influence on modern society. From Farther Knows Best to Married...with Children, from the empty calories of The Brady Bunch to the social commentary of All in the Family, Honey, I'm Home! is a connoisseur's guide to the sitcom world-where everybody knows your name, and any problem can be solved in twenty-two minutes, plus commercials.
 

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Honey, I'm home!: sitcoms, selling the American dream

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Jones has written a thorough analysis of the sociological impact of television sitcoms from their beginnings in radio. While always a popular format, the half-hour comedy has reflected changing trends ... Read full review

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I read this book for a history research project. It had a lot of really helpful information and had a very conversational tone which made it pleasant to read. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Out of the Ether
7
Cheese Baseball and Music
29
Without Sanka No Marriage
38
Normal Lives in Normal Surroundings
48
Why Love Lucy?
62
The Sitcom Factory
76
Inventing America
87
Fantasyland
163
Cracks in the Pot
181
Affirming the Worst
195
Enduring the Worst
205
Take Your Flies with You
215
Sex and the Sitcom Girl
227
Manly Retreats
237
Believing Because We Want to Believe
249

Sweet Subversion
103
Meeting in the Middle
122
Homesteaders of the New Frontier
134
The Kids Are All Right Basically
149
Further Reading
271
Index
279
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Jones is the founder of Media Power for Children and serves on the advisory board of the Comparative Media Studies Program at M.I.T.

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