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JULIANN E JENKINS <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 27 Feb 1997 11:14:23 -0500
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Reading these posts about sitcoms makes one remember that only
American versions of Brit sitcoms are ever shown on the major
networks.  Also only particular Brit sitcoms are shown on the
major PBS networks.  (And where does a show like Waiting for God
fit in?) In the LA area only provincial PBS stations show the
ancient sitcoms like Are Your Being Served?  But when someone
mentioned the class and sexual orientation, i.e., the music hall
aspects of Brit sitcoms suddenly I realized that no one has
mentioned 'Allo, 'Allo--the Queen Mum's favorite.  A show only
shown on small market PBS stations.  It might be worthwhile to
compare Hogan's Heros w/'Allo, 'Allo because AA is available over
here. Comparing AA to Are You Being Served? is also helpful.  But
there was a long running sitcom in the UK about the high jinks in
the Home Guard that was never shown here.  AA was being made in
the '80s.  Can you imagine a US universe that would make a hit out
of a WWII sitcom in the 1980s?  (Mash being a Viet Nam sticom.)
And what about the genre of blackout Brit comedies like Frye and
Laurie and Lenny Henny? AbFab has a foot in both camps--sitcom and
blackout.  None of these has ever produced enough episodes to fill
a 2 year US schedule.  The long running sitcoms are the music hall
ones.  Julie
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