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Dick Van Dyke Show (Paperback) (Joanne Morreale)

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The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS 1961–66) was a uniquely self-reflexive sitcom that drew on vaudevillian tropes at a time when vaudeville-based comedy variety was disappearing from television. At the same time, it reflected the liberal politics of the Kennedy era and gave equal time to home and work as it ushered in a new image of the sitcom family. InThe Dick Van Dyke Show, author Joanne Morreale analyzes the series’ innovative form and content that altered the terrain of the television sitcom.

Morreale begins by finding the roots of The Dick Van Dyke Show in the vaudeville-based comedy variety show and the "showbiz" sitcom, even as it brought notable updates to the form. She also considers how the series reflects the social context of Kennedy’s New Frontier and its impact on the television industry, as The Dick Van Dyke Show responded to criticisms of television as mass entertainment. She goes on to examine the series as an early example of quality television that also pointed to the complex narrative of today, examining the show’s progressive representations of race, ethnicity, and gender that influenced the content of later sitcoms. Morreale concludes by consideringThe Dick Van Dyke Show’s afterlife, suggesting that the various reappearances of the characters and the show itself demonstrates television’s "transseriality."

Fans of The Dick Van Dyke Show and readers interested in American television and cultural history will appreciate this insightful reading of the series.

The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS 1961?1966) was a uniquely self-reflexive sitcom that drew on vaudevillian tropes at a time when vaudeville-based comedy variety was disappearing from television. At the same time, it reflected the liberal politics of the Kennedy era and gave equal time to home and work as it ushered in a new image of the sitcom family. InThe Dick Van Dyke Show, author Joanne Morreale analyzes the series? innovative form and content that altered the terrain of the television sitcom.

Morreale begins by finding the roots of The Dick Van Dyke Show in the vaudeville-based comedy variety show and the "showbiz" sitcom, even as it brought notable updates to the form. She also considers how the series reflects the social context of Kennedy?s New Frontier and its impact on the television industry, as The Dick Van Dyke Showresponded to criticisms of television as mass entertainment. She goes on to examine the series as an early example of quality television that also pointed to the complex narrative of today, examining the show?s progressive representations of race, ethnicity, and gender that influenced the content of later sitcoms. Morreale concludes by consideringThe Dick Van Dyke Show?s afterlife, suggesting that the various reappearances of the characters and the show itself demonstrates television?s "transseriality."

Fans of The Dick Van Dyke Show and readers interested in American television and cultural history will appreciate this insightful reading of the series.

Number of Pages: 137
Genre: Performing Arts, History, Social Science
Series Title: TV Milestones
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr
Author: Joanne Morreale
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2015
TCIN: 23999326
UPC: 9780814340318
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7848

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