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Family Guys? What Sitcoms Say About America Now (2012)



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Complete credited cast:
Timothy Stanley ...
Himself - Presenter (as Tim Stanley)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodney Barnes ...
Himself - Writer & Producer
Himself - Actor, Writer & Producer
Himself - Conservative
Herself - Writer
Nick Gillespie ...
Himself - Editor, Reason
Herself - Sitcom Producer & Writer
David Isaacs ...
Himself - Sitcom Writer & Producer
Himself - Writer, Producer & Director
Ken Levine ...
Himself - Writer
Himself (archive footage)
Cathy Renna ...
Herself - Gay Rights Activist
Himself (archive footage)
Howard Rosenberg ...
Himself - TV Critic
Himself - Writer / Producer / Actor


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interesting docu, in some ways at least
1 January 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

has some interesting tidbits. mostly if you study the documentary-makers together with the people they portray. the documentary itself is mostly a dime-a-dozen leftist pamphlet from some chest-pounder doing an anthropological study about the USA. this guys chooses to focus on sitcoms (and how they evolved over the years), which is a novel and interesting angle. it's a few interviews with sitcom writers, some fragments from their shows, and then tim stanley blabbing it all together. the whole thing is in no way a comprehensive history of American sitcoms, but i think they did the best they could with a 1-hour story.

i think one of the biggest problems was too much ambition: you can't give a decent overview of 'abortion in sitcoms' AND 'gays in sitcoms' AND 'the failing of the American dream in sitcoms' AND 'religion in sitcoms' etc, AND tie each issue to how it is treated in politics, AND discuss how it is viewed by the common men. AND yam it all in one hour. it comes across as trying to push a season's worth of documentaries in just this 1 episode.

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