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Ok, for media GCSE practise stuff I have to answer a question on what US sitcoms tell us about life in the USA...and I'm stuck...

Any help appreciated!!
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seinfeld... greatest show ever made, i suppose it portrays some new yorkers decently
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I'm Australian, but the first thing that comes to mind when I think about US sitcoms is canned laughter.
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Scrubs is kinda how doctors act...NOT lol....but i guess friends is kinda similar to real life
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Ok, for media GCSE practise stuff I have to answer a question on what US sitcoms tell us about life in the USA...and I'm stuck...

Any help appreciated!!


Americans are idiots.
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Americans are idiots.

Then I would have to say dump all of those fine American products you have listed in your sig. Would like to say more but I'm an American and am incapable of forming coherent sentences.


American sitcoms portray US life about as well as Monty Python portrays British society
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Americans are idiots.



Thank you, now I have changed my view completely on 300 million people because of your thoughtful 3 words.

Oh yeah, nice rig, brought you by the Americans. I guess they can't make guitars either since they are as you so nicely put it 'idiots'.
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American sitcoms portray US life about as well as Monty Python portrays British society


So you agree with me? It doesn't require a brain to watch and find an American sitcom funny. Taking your example, Monty Python is on a whole different level: it's actually clever (most of the time).

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Oh yeah, nice rig, brought you by the Americans. I guess they can't make guitars either since they are as you so nicely put it 'idiots'.


And if you want to take that as an example, sure. My Japanese copy of the '76 Stratocaster is better than the real American thing. Besides, this is about the modern American.
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it depends on what your looking at. many of them make jokes about stupidity like family guy kinda showing that there is a lot of stupidity in america. Malcom in the middle shows the neurotic stressed out lifestyle that is the american household. but to be honest with you i think you should tell your teacher to shove it. America is an extremley diverse place that cant be explained in a sitcom or even all the ****ing sticoms.
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So you agree with me? It doesn't require a brain to watch and find an American sitcom funny. Taking your example, Monty Python is on a whole different level: it's actually clever (most of the time).


And if you want to take that as an example, sure. My Japanese copy of the '76 Stratocaster is better than the real American thing. Besides, this is about the modern American.

i think hes being sarcastic hes saying american sitcoms dont potray american society and monty python doesnt potray british society allthough it gives hints at some of the culture. Family Guy isnt always stupid, many of the jokes involve history or politics which someone without a brain (many of my friends) dont get.
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So you agree with me? It doesn't require a brain to watch and find an American sitcom funny. Taking your example, Monty Python is on a whole different level: it's actually clever (most of the time).


And if you want to take that as an example, sure. My Japanese copy of the '76 Stratocaster is better than the real American thing. Besides, this is about the modern American.

also saying your japenese strat is better than your american is like saying yngwie malmsteen is better than dimebag darrel, yea no ****ing **** the japenese are better at making stuff than pretty much anyone. But that doesnt mean american strats are bad. Otherwise, sell that mother****er.
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So you agree with me? It doesn't require a brain to watch and find an American sitcom funny. Taking your example, Monty Python is on a whole different level: it's actually clever (most of the time).
And if you want to take that as an example, sure. My Japanese copy of the '76 Stratocaster is better than the real American thing. Besides, this is about the modern American.

Do I agree with you? No. Your statement was "Americans are idiots". I don't think America has cornered the market on idiocy. Ran into my fair share in the Netherlands.
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also saying your japenese strat is better than your american is like saying yngwie malmsteen is better than dimebag darrel, yea no ****ing **** the japenese are better at making stuff than pretty much anyone.


A: No.
B. Wtf?

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Do I agree with you? No. Your statement was "Americans are idiots". I don't think America has cornered the market on idiocy. Ran into my fair share in the Netherlands.


I think you can agree many (if not most) American sitcoms appear to be aimed at idiots. Given that there are so many of these sitcoms, I guess it's fair to assume that there is a relatively big demand for it. So, putting one and one together; I conclude that Americans are idiots.

I of course know not all Americans are idiots, just like I know that stupidity isn't exclusive to the US. If I only watched TV all day, I might think differently (or not at all).
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A: No.
B. Wtf?


I think you can agree many (if not most) American sitcoms appear to be aimed at idiots. Given that there are so many of these sitcoms, I guess it's fair to assume that there is a relatively big demand for it. So, putting one and one together; I conclude that Americans are idiots.

I of course know not all Americans are idiots, just like I know that stupidity isn't exclusive to the US. If I only watched TV all day, I might think differently (or not at all).

I would guess if we all generalized a country of people by only what we hear and not by what we experience youre country would be a slut bangin,pot smokin,dyke fixin,tulip growin,little place. I'm sure it isn't.
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I think you can agree many (if not most) American sitcoms appear to be aimed at idiots. Given that there are so many of these sitcoms, I guess it's fair to assume that there is a relatively big demand for it. So, putting one and one together; I conclude that Americans are idiots.

I of course know not all Americans are idiots, just like I know that stupidity isn't exclusive to the US. If I only watched TV all day, I might think differently (or not at all).

Had your statement been "American sitcoms are for idiots" or something along those lines I would have ignored it or maybe even agreed slightly. But putting one and one together to arrive at that conclusion is the same as me saying Brits are "quite fond of buying dead parrots" so they must be idiots as well.
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I would guess if we all generalized a country of people by only what we hear and not by what we experience youre country would be a slut bangin,pot smokin,dyke fixin,tulip growin,little place. I'm sure it isn't.


But that's what this thread is about, isn't it? Otherwise, +1

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I guess you got a good point. And honestly I'm just jelous we cant get away with smokin and bangin sluts. American government may be run buy idots.
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Im American, and I dont like to think that we are a stupid country. I dont know what Americans you know, but most of my friends and family are really quite smart and educated. Of course you have the occassional dumbass, but Im sure that the Netherlands have their fair share of idiots.

Besides, being Scottish by citizenship, I visit Scotland very often and trust me, I have run into more than my fair share of idiots.

Ok, with that aside, most US sitcoms dont portray our lifestyle well at all. And many of our sitcoms arent completely idiotic, like Scrubs and the Office (ok, maybe Scrubs is a little idiotic)
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Does it tell us that Americans live in a humourless void?

nah, i'm kidding, i like Scrubs.
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I would guess if we all generalized a country of people by only what we hear and not by what we experience youre country would be a slut bangin,pot smokin,dyke fixin,tulip growin,little place. I'm sure it isn't.

not to meantion they dont like donuts, or getting water spilled on them
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3)make fun of Rancid and NOFX again
4)??????
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#28
I like 30 Rock and Pushing Daisies was really good the other day. Not strictly a sitcom though, like My Name Is Earl. I think My Name Is Earl would be a good one to look at actually, as it's about someone's views changing and personal revelations etc.
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Scrubs FTW!
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i think hes being sarcastic hes saying american sitcoms dont potray american society and monty python doesnt potray british society allthough it gives hints at some of the culture. Family Guy isnt always stupid, many of the jokes involve history or politics which someone without a brain (many of my friends) dont get.
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man, i forgot how easy gcses were. This is the sort of thing I'd ace with no effort whatsoever.
Anyway, do something on Friends (the earlier seasons). It tells you a lot about them. They're realistic people with jobs and you have some who are spoilt/rich; some who work in dead end jobs and they're all either working/middle class. The only ones with big aspirations are joey and rachel and they appear to be going nowhere at first.
Anyway, story cut short, no matter how bad they have it, they've still got each other. No matter where they lived, they'd still be friends and that sort of interaction would occur anywhere in the world. Therefore, anything that makes them argue would make it easy to define it as their lifestyle.
Also, you can tell a lot from the American "ranks" where you start of poor and with crappy jobs and you eventually work yourself up. It can happen to anyone.
There's also the idea of the "american dream" where joey has aspirations to be big and famous.
There's also the idea of a nuclear family where they all start getting married and having children. Adoption is in there somewhere too.
There's also a lack of religion in the show. America's generally seen as quite religious but this shows another aspect.
You have the educated people who earn more money. This causes a rift.
You have someone who grew up on the streets and someone who was spoilt.
There's lots to say about this show. Just turn e4 on now.
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Watch Everybody loves Raymond, and you will see that everyone loves a guy called Raymond. Also watch Frasier.
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#37
i wouldn't say the sitcoms themselves show us anything really about society - they wouldn't be funny if the were a complete mirror for everyday life. but you can definitely tell stuff about the american sense of humour, and perhaps characters with whom they identify.
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And if you want to take that as an example, sure. My Japanese copy of the '76 Stratocaster is better than the real American thing. Besides, this is about the modern American.



I was just saying you cannot generalize all americans as the same. Yeah sure there are dumbasses just like in any other country. Stupidity knows no nationality or race, its just people being stupid.


Also do you truly believe all Americans are stupid? or are you just trolling, if your trolling you got me but if not, refer to that question.
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Does Family Guy and Simpsons go under the file as a sitcom? Even though its drawed?

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