CNN‘s latest series the History of the Sitcom has arrived.
The show will officially premiere on July 11 at 9 PM ET on CNN. The show will then air on Sundays at 9 PM ET moving forward with a total of eight episodes. Fans can watch the show via CNN, on-demand for select cable providers, and Hulu.
According to CNN, the show will be “breaking down how sitcoms have helped generations of Americans navigate an ever-shifting cultural landscape”. They conducted over 180 interviews for History of the Sitcom. This includes legends from back in the day to more recent up-and-comers. This all took place during COVID-19 following the success of The Story of Late Night.
The series examines things like married couples sleeping in the same bed, toilets, and LGBTQ relationships evolved and were depicted on the screen. This also discusses and examines the idea of what a sitcom exactly is. At first, it started out with a few cameras and a soundstage. It progressed into shows like Modern Family, which did use a live audience and more technology.
Historic television figures like Norman Lear, Tina Fey, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Dick Van Dyke, and Ted Danson were all interviewed for the show. This was also the last interview that Carl Reiner gave before his death last year.
‘History of the Sitcom’ Episodes
The premiere will feature the first two episodes of the eight total.
The debut episode is titled “A Family Matter” and will dive into what makes a sitcom family.
The official description reads: “Moms, dads, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters — more than just a hilarious reflection of people to grow up and old with, sitcoms have opened the hearts of many to a more inclusive vision of what family can mean … will examine how sitcoms have evolved to reflect the changing face of American families.”
The second episode, “Sex & the Sitcom” will dive into numerous matters pertaining to sexuality and sex. Such as bedroom scenes and the idea of a married couple sharing beds.
It is said to “explore the revolution of sex in sitcoms.” It will also discuss integrating LGBTQ+ storylines and representation in modern day.
“Since America has long found it easier to laugh about sex than talk seriously about it, sitcom humor has had a critical role ushering in a new era of openness, not just towards sex, but toward women’s rights and gender identity,” the description concluded.