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History of the Sitcom

At a Glance

  • If you are a sitcom writer or thinking of writing a sitcom, this presentation is for you!
  • This presentation will walk viewers through the development of the sitcom genre.
  • Learn what you can borrow from previous sitcoms to make your script great!

ABOUT THE TUTORIAL:

Every few years some pundit will solemnly announce “the death of the sitcom.” Every time the bell tolls for comedy, invariably, the very next season or the one after will see the emergence of some new, popular half-hour featuring amusing characters in an amusing situation saying amusing things. Yes, the form endures.

The sitcom has a rich history and certain themes and structures have been shown to be successful time and time again. Expert instructor, George Yanok, has had extensive experience writing and developing television pilots for both sitcom and long form programming. Nominated numerous times, he has won two EMMY’S and the Writers Guild of America Award.

Yanok’s episodic credits include “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Sanford & Son”. Welcome Back, Kotter”, “The Ted Knight Show” and series for Lynn Redgrave and Stockard Channing. Among the well-known performers he has worked with are Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and The Smothers Brothers.

This 43-minute tutorial will:

  • Walk you through the development of the sitcom as a genre.
  • Analyze proven tropes that are common to successful sitcoms.
  • Show you how current successful sitcoms have borrowed from their forbearers.
  • How you can borrow from previous sitcoms to make your script great!

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Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: George Yanok

George Yanok has had extensive experience writing and developing television pilots for both sitcom and long form programming. Nominated numerous times, he has won two EMMY’S and the Writers Guild of America Award.

Yanok’s episodic credits include “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Sanford & Son”. Welcome Back, Kotter”, “The Ted Knight Show” and series for Lynn Redgrave and Stockard Channing. Among the well-known performers he has worked with are Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and The Smothers Brothers.

Yanok currently teaches at Watkins College of Art and Design & Film School in Nashville and is a popular online teacher (Scr...

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