The aim of a sitcom is to make an audience laugh, by using stereotypes the viewer finds the characters funny due to them doing actions or saying something that reminds them of themselves or someone they know.
The main contents of a successful sitcom are the characters, the way each character interacts with one another, their personalities and issues, there’s always an upset or problem that gets resolved at the end.With a sitcom, the audience gets too know the characters, and know what to expect from them. The setting of a sitcom is generally in a similar environment that most people would go to, e. g. ‘Scrubs’ is based in the workplace, ‘Men Behaving Badly’ is set in a flat and the characters from ‘Friends’ either meet up in a cafi?? or in their apartments. ‘My Family’ is a sitcom situated in the home; every week there is a new episode using the same characters, which entails a beginning, middle and an end.To represent males there is the father Ben, the son Michael and the older son Nick, to represent women there is the mother Susan, the daughter Janie and the lodger Abbey.
The gender is balanced in this program, however, male or female, every character is extremely different. The strength of someone’s gender affects his or her personality and in this essay I am going to study an episode of ‘My Family’ and write about the gender in the sitcom. Sometimes in sitcoms, like soaps, there can be several different storylines happening at once.In this particular episode there are two storylines, Nick the older son leaves home to live in a small flat, with a new job, the audience see the affect’s it has on the rest of the family and Michael the youngest tries to get fit to impress his new girlfriend and we see him struggle along the way, but the central storyline is Nick leaving.
The first scene begins with Ben and Susan relaxing on the couch, whilst all the others have gone out. The mise en scene, what the director has choose to put in the scene, as a still image, the house itself tells us a bit about the relationship between Ben and Susan.Susan, the wife is the dominating partner in the marriage, I know this from the surroundings, the walls are very brightly painted, the couch is a bright, yellow colour and there are many flower arrangements and other pretty items placed around the room, this is very famine, however at this stage there’s nothing as of yet saying that Ben isn’t the famine influence on the decorating but as it is a sitcom, and is regularly on, I know the characters and know Susan is the reason.
Ben, a dad, a husband and a dentist, He’s very masculine, he has short brown hair, wears a shirt, a pair of trousers and tie. In the first scene we see him put his arm around Susan (masculine) he then tries to entice Susan into having Sex with him, giving her clues, without actually saying what he wants, waiting for her to guess(a famine approach, waiting for Susan’s reply). Susan then decides they can play strip scrabble and Ben goes to put some music on and finds some of his records have been broke and others are missing, straight away he blames Nick, and Nick comes home early from the cinema.Nick, the eldest son(very masculine) short, messy hair, wears jeans and a t-shirt upon t-shirt.
Ben looses his temper (masculine) over the records and doesn’t hesitate to question Nick, Ben then demands Nick too leave home “Get out… now’s the times to move out”(masculine). Susan then tells Ben not to be so harsh on Nick and Ben backs down by asking for her permission to go and sulk in the pub.