Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tween Sitcoms: Destined to Become Classic TV?

BY Kate Shatzkin
Article Source: Baltimore Sun

Remember The Brady Bunch? Gilligan’s Island? The Jeffersons? Happy Days?

If you’re of a certain age, you can sing the theme songs to these old TV shows and recall your favorite episodes. Remember when Marcia got braces?

You don’t find many sitcoms on TV these days. That is, unless you have a tween who likes to watch Nickelodeon and the Disney channel. I recently heard a report on NPR that said a number of the writers from the old TV sitcoms are working on tween shows like Drake and Josh, iCarly and the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. While adult TV viewing is divided among dozens of cable channels, kids TV is much more of a communal event. Nickelodeon sitcom writer Dan Schneider says he expects today’s kids will sit around reminiscing about their favorite tween shows the way grown-ups used to talk about Seinfeld and Friends.

I know that today, my kids and their friends talk about the latest antics of Sam and Carly.

What do you think of these tween shows? Are they destined to be comedic classics?

Photo: scene from iCarly courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon


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