SHAMELESS APPAREL
Jenn St Sume
5.1 Ethan Cutkosky as Carl Gallagher in Shameless, “I Only Miss Her When I’m
Breathing”
From the time Roseanne debuted in the late 1980s through
the mid-2010s, the constitution of the situation comedy has shifted
toward comedy of perverse exploitation. I define the comedy of
exploitation as a subgenre of television shows that both amplify
and bastardize the voices of marginalized groups. Roseanne, which
was broadcast from 1988 to 1997 on ABC, focuses on the
complicated social and economic struggles of a family as the
context for the series, but situations presented typically center on
the eponymous character, a woman. The series deviates from the
mythical television norm of the White, suburban, upwardly mobile,
materialistic, functional family; instead, the cast features Roseanne
(Roseanne Barr) and Dan Conner (John Goodman) as functional
members of the lower-working class. The comedy of Roseanne
stems from the couple’s ultimate resistance to a system that
exploits their class position for the benefit of nameless and faceless
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