Christina von Hodenberg
Queen Mary, University of London
Television Sitcom and the Cultural Revolution:
An International Comparison
The aim of my project is to understand the role of television entertainment in the promotion of, and adaptation to, accelerated social change during the late Sixties and Seventies. This is a comparative international and interdisciplinary investigation, focussing on the British, German and American versions of a uniquely controversial and influential situation comedy series centred on the working-class bigot (titled ‘Till Death Us Do Part‘, ‚All in the Family‘ and ‚Ein Herz und eine Seele‘). Backed by an unusually rich body of sources, the research contributes to the debates about television’s impact on society and the genre of comedy during times of social change. It also looks at the transnational dimension of television and the impact of public versus private television ownership.