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“Astute and bursting with information—an entertaining treat for sitcom fans and a valuable contribution to
TV history.” —Kirkus Reviews
"A compulsively readable and often laugh-out-loud funny study of the American sitcom." —Starred review, Library Journal
“[...] Austerlitz ingeniously and persuasively uses the genre of situation comedy as an American Rosetta stone, showing
it to be capable of decoding itself (thanks to its endless self-references) and of making intelligible an entire social
archaeology, [...] Bottomless in its depth of research but as light in touch as the best of its subjects, Sitcom
belongs in any home that has a sofa and a TV set.” —Stuart Klawans, the Nation
"[Austerliz] is capable of delightfully mischievous prose." —The New Republic
"[A] smart new book" —The New Yorker
“Austerlitz writes with a direct and punchy style… that makes for compelling reading.” —Paste
About the Author
Saul Austerlitz is the author of Another Fine Mess: A History of the American Film Comedy, named by Booklist as one of
the ten best arts books of 2010, and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White
Stripes. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Slate, and