February 28, 2014

From Sgt. Bilko to Liz Lemon

Saul Austerlitz's new book analyzes the evolution of the modern sitcom.

David Goldenberg

Upon first cracking open Saul Austerlitz’s new book Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community, it’s tempting to skip past the older shows straight to the modern cultural touchstones like "Seinfeld." But if you skim over the proto-sitcoms from the 50s and 60s like “The Phil Silvers Show” to get straight to the sponge-worthy stuff, you’ll miss a lot.

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