The best books about television comedy

Mark A. Robinson Author Of Sitcommentary: Television Comedies That Changed America
By Mark A. Robinson

The Books I Picked & Why

Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time

By Ken Bloom, Frank Vlastnik

Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time

Why this book?

For those who love television comedy and/or are curious about major players in this genre of entertainment, Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time will delight. Paging through this colorful book (complete with plenty of accompanying photos), one gets a taste of such shows as I Love Lucy, Gilligan’s Island, The Facts of Life, Cheers, Designing Women, Roseanne, Seinfeld, and The Nanny among them.


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Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

By Jim Colucci

Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai

Why this book?

The Golden Girls is one of television’s most enduring situation comedies. The story of four women in their golden years sharing a home in Miami, Florida continues to find a new audience with each generation. Jim Colucci’s book Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai is an intimate and in-depth look at the making of the show and the legacy it has enjoyed.


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The Sitcoms of Norman Lear

By Sean Campbell

The Sitcoms of Norman Lear

Why this book?

Anyone who knows anything about television comedy will tell you that producer/developer Norman Lear was the force behind some of the greatest sitcoms of all time including All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and One Day at a Time. The Sitcoms of Norman Lear by Sean Campbell takes a closer look at this titan of television and the game-changing sitcoms he produced.


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I Love Lucy: Discovering America’s Best-Loved Sitcom

By Ben Nussbaum

I Love Lucy: Discovering America’s Best-Loved Sitcom

Why this book?

For many, I Love Lucy, starring comic genius Lucille Ball, epitomizes what the great American classic television comedy is. Ben Nussbaum’s I Love Lucy: Discovering America’s Best-Loved Sitcom takes a closer look at this side-splitting comedy and gives us a glimpse into why 70-years later, people still love the antics of the title character.


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Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s: A Complete Guide

By Bob Leszczak

Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s: A Complete Guide

Why this book?

Not all television shows are hit and somehow the decade of the 1980s had the greatest number of sitcom flops. It’s Your Move, The Best of the West, Square Pegs, The Duck Factory, and Life with Lucy are just a handful of the sitcoms that didn’t run for longer than a season. Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s by Bob Leszczak is a delicious smorgasbord of information about these one-season wonders (and many others) that we barely remember, but refuse to forget.


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