'The drama of it: Television comedy's new aesthetic' by James McNamara

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June-July 2018, no. 402

'The drama of it: Television comedy's new aesthetic' by James McNamara

Reviewed by
June-July 2018, no. 402

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Since I wrote about the golden age of television for ABR’s first film and television issue in 2015, the medium has evolved. Streaming has roared to prominence, with online services like Netflix disrupting television’s form and market as dramatically as cable did to broadcast television in the early 2000s. But where the stars of the cable era were dramas – great, brooding epics of American anti-heroes – the foul-mouthed stars of the streaming era are increasingly its comedies, which are delivering some of the most poignant stories on screen.

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    08 June 2018

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