Definition of situation comedy in English:

situation comedy

noun

  • A television or radio series in which the same set of characters are involved in various amusing situations.

    • ‘Throughout the 1990s, television situation comedy moved almost all of its most popular characters into identifiable urban areas.’
    • ‘The situation comedy has proved one of the defining and most enduring genres in British television, despite its share of brickbats and setbacks.’
    • ‘This ensemble piece plays like the worst situation comedy, bordering on farce and venturing well into the realm of stereotypes.’
    • ‘Premiere week also showed the weakness of situation comedy as a genre.’
    • ‘These 12 achingly funny visits to a Torquay hotel represent British situation comedy at its finest.’
    • ‘Like a bad situation comedy: here was the over-protective father putting his foot in his mouth up to his knee.’
    • ‘The author examines the problem of adapting the situation comedy to the post-Soviet Russian cultural idiom.’
    • ‘He treats the play as if it were a romantic situation comedy, while neglecting its great strength - the glorious, witty dialogue.’
    • ‘Although it could never break into the Top 30 in the Nielsen ratings race, the show nonetheless became part of the American Family's regular weekly diet of situation comedy and familial friendliness.’
    • ‘For example, a television situation comedy and two movies have recently been based on life in South Boston.’
    • ‘By contrast, chocolate, if American situation comedy is to be believed, comprises the staple diet of recently-made-single women everywhere.’
    • ‘The earliest situation comedy on television was set in the city.’
    • ‘Even within the single medium of network television, for example, there are huge differences between the production team required for news, situation comedy, and game shows.’
    • ‘Without at least one character who affects us emotionally, situation comedy loses all its interest.’
    • ‘Alas, it's just a situation comedy about the nervous breakdown of a middle-class mediocrity.’
    • ‘This is the family situation comedy against which all other family sitcoms must now be measured.’
    • ‘The upbeat down-to-earth situation comedy about the trials and traumas of a family living in Walworth, London, is back later this year.’
    light entertainment
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Pronunciation:

situation comedy

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