Re-viewed, Still Skewed. The new edition adopts a chronological
approach to organizing our contributors’ explorations of identity
race and ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, able-bodiedness
historical context, and production practices, examinations they
conduct using various critical and theoretical frames.
A couple of years ago, in conjunction with the production
of the second edition of The Sitcom Reader, I decided to work with
Brenda Knox, Director of Online Education at Wake Forest, to
create an online version of Culture and the Sitcom and to produce
recorded interviews with my co-editor of the volume, Laura, and
with our contributing authors. Those interviews have been
packaged into a companion website* for The Sitcom Reader
( that is available for
instructors to use as supplementary viewing for their students, for
scholars to use in video or transcript form, and for the public to
enjoy for general use. It is my hope that this volume of student
essays on contemporary sitcoms will enjoy utility of similar scope
and influence. The students whose work is represented in this
anthology were part of a special Culture and the Sitcom seminar
offered at the graduate level. Their assignment was to engage with
the class material the readings in the anthology, interviews with
the contributors to the volume, and assigned episodes to screen
then to use our class discussions as a springboard for their own
scholarly inquiry into contemporary sitcoms offered on non-
traditional platforms, premium channels, or non-broadcast
In three sections Form and Function, Bodies of
Resistance, From Inside Out their interests and insights offer a
valuable contribution to the literature on the situation comedy.
Not surprisingly, the perspective they bring to the (evolving) genre
is skeptical about hard and fast rules. They are of the “post” and
“trans” generation that sees past boundaries as categorical and
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