> On Mon, 24 Feb 1997 19:47:06 -0500 Dan Carroll said:
> >
> >(i) English sitcoms are more likely to opt for a slapstick-influenced laugh
> >(eg: the comic violence in "Fawlty Towers", or the tooth-extraction scene of
> >"Men Behaving Badly (GB)", whereas American shows like "Friends" and "Cheers"
> >have much less of this; their humour is in the main verbal or visual, and
> >almost exclusively non-violent.
Interesting how "Fawlty Towers" is regarded as an exemplar of British
sitcom, despite having been made 20 years ago and there only ever being 12
Leo Enticknap
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture
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University of Exeter, UK
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