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03 April 2014 @ 11:45 am
Getting meta and meta  
I'll get the bad news out of the way first. Saul Austerlitz's Sitcom (a history thereof) does not devote a chapter to The Addams Family; in fact it mentions the show only once, in a parenthetical, not distinguishing it from *feh* The Munsters.

Otherwise, it's good, tracing 24 other shows, with particular attention to cross-reference and self-reference. The New Yorker discusses the book and how All in the Family changed things by complicating our reaction to the characters. When All in the Family came out, Old Leftist John Leonard hated it because it acted as if the white working class were full of people stupid enough to take it seriously and root for Archie, which is what happened.