Friends and Families and other funny things

Misson, Ray
January 2005
Screen Education;2005, Issue 37, p124
The article discusses TV comedies in the socially critical classroom of Australia. If classroom work on a text is working well, it should never spoil the text, but rather increase enjoyment by sharpening perception of what it is about and clarifying why people respond in the people do. Fundamentally this is always true, but the one case where it is almost not true is with comedy. Certainly with comedy one has to be more careful than with most kinds of text, because one can very quickly kill the comedy, which rather renders the whole exercise pointless.


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