situation comedy

noun

Definition of situation comedy 

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

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Like the stand-up-to-sitcom trade route that defined much of 20th century situation comedy, the Web creates opportunity for actors that the industrial machinery of mainstream show business might reject as too unconventional. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Liza On Demand' review: A tough job, but some YouTube star has to do it," 27 June 2018 The high stakes situation comedy The Nerd, by playwright Larry Shue, opened at the Bradley Playhouse on June 8. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Situation Comedy "The Nerd" Opens At Bradley Playhouse," 11 June 2018 Translating a stand-up’s ethos into a situation comedy hadn’t been attempted. Travis M. Andrews, BostonGlobe.com, "How Newhart’s ‘quietly revolutionary’ sitcom changed TV," 3 May 2018 The show was a situation comedy whose emphasis was on strength, character, and achievement — an exhortation to black audiences and a pointed object lesson to whites. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s no separating Cosby’s legacy as a symbol of unity and the face of evil," 27 Apr. 2018 The situation in this situation comedy is that Alexa is being treated for cancer. Mike Hale, New York Times, "On Netflix, a Growing Wave of Shows for and About Teenagers," 29 Mar. 2018 Meckler’s approach had elements of situation comedy and older British music hall (Will Bradley’s Puck flipping his bowler) and slapstick. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Shakespeare in Disney Hall: An L.A. Phil 'Dream' deferred," 3 Nov. 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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