What is gold? : narrative structure, technological developments, and audience behavior in sitcoms.
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The American sitcom can be traced back to the early days of television, and, for much of its history, it has relied on an episodic narrative format. However, in the past twenty years, this long-standing format has evolved in response to technological developments and alterations in audience viewing patterns. Three sitcoms, The Golden Girls, Will & Grace, and Arrested Development, serve as prime case studies in this thesis when examining the effects of VCRs, DVDs, TiVo, and Netflix on audiences and in turn on the narrative structure of the American sitcom.