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

Examples of situation comedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The situation comedy ‘‘Seinfeld’’ began airing as a regular series on NBC. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 31 May 2020 While audiences have been conditioned to all types of tinkering with time and geography in classical theater, situation comedy imposes on practitioners a particular level of discipline, with plotting, timing and dialogue. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ as a sitcom? Call it ‘The Bardy Bunch.’," 22 Jan. 2020 In 1977, the series finale of ‘‘Mary Tyler Moore’’ aired on CBS-TV, ending the situation comedy’s seven-season run. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 19 Mar. 2020 At Championship Vinyl, now located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a cozy situation comedy is in unironic progress. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A New Update of “High Fidelity” Feels Stuck in Its Original Century," 5 Feb. 2020 All possibilities are kept in play, the various tropes employed less like the escalating steps of a horror tale than like the stock, rotating elements of a situation comedy. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Thanksgiving Feast of Twists," 28 Nov. 2019 On that premise, countless situation comedies, dramas and reality shows have been launched. Los Angeles Times, "‘Lodge 49’ is too good for this world. Which is exactly why AMC should keep it around," 15 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of situation comedy

1932, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2020

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“Situation comedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/situation%20comedy. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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