situation comedy


: a radio or television comedy series that involves a continuing cast of characters in a succession of episodes

Examples of situation comedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Norman Lear, the legendary television producer and philanthropist who revolutionized the situation comedy in the 1970s with All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and other landmark series, died of natural causes Tuesday at his Los Angeles home at age 101, a representative confirmed to EW. Jamie Malanowski,, 6 Dec. 2023 And without Louie, there would have been no Atlanta or Dave or so many series that blurred reality and situation comedy, hilarity and discomfort. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 More than anyone before him, Norman used situation comedy to shine a light on prejudice, intolerance, and inequality. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Dec. 2023 The tension between the two makes for some of the best culture-specific jokes — and universal situation comedy — around. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 The plots are the usual stuff of mainstream situation comedy. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 And the second, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, was a hybrid of situation comedy and variety that featured guest appearances by some of the Eye net’s then current stars. Marc Berman, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 His new film Being the Ricardos, an account of the backstage drama at television’s first great situation comedy, I Love Lucy, might have gone either way. Jason Bailey, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 The charming, conventional situation comedy, based on a British original, is set in a haunted mansion full of bickering roommates, some dead, some alive. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of situation comedy was in 1932

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“Situation comedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

situation comedy

: a radio or television comedy series that involves a continuing cast of characters in different stories not related to each other

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