Throughout time sitcoms have used satire, irony and parody to entertain and get laughs out of its audience. Almost everyone likes certain sitcoms for different reasons, but mostly because they enjoy a good laugh. I want to talk about sitcoms and what is hiding behind the satire, irony and parodies. Sitcoms are meant to help its audience through social anxieties without fully coming out and saying what it is doing. The word sitcom is actually two words put together which was once called a situation comedy. There are many things going on throughout the world that people are not comfortable talking about so sitcoms mask those anxieties with humor so that people can laugh about it while learning rather than just act like the problem does not exist. In the 1970’s a show aired called, All in the Family. It was about a non-tradition family but the father had tradition views. The father (Archie) was a stubborn man with strict ideas on how people should behave and about the world. In each episode, Archie has to deal with something that he has a hard time with like colored people, gays, and strong women. This show was really popular in the 70’s and really helped some of its audience to see certain issues in a different light. Even though Archie was set in his ways and many people agreed with his views on things in that time, at the end of each episode he felt differently about the situation even if he did not say it, you could see it portrayed in his actions. In today’s society, we have a different type of humor and that shows through different types of sitcoms compared to the 70’s but what does not differ is that like the 70’s sitcoms, today’s sitcoms also deal with the same types of anxieties. I watched the first episode of Family Guy, which aired on January 31, 1999, to see what types of cultural anxieties it deals with and how it uses satire, irony and parody to mask those issues. There are many instances in this episode where the character’s...
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