Author to present program about sitcoms

Author to present program about sitcoms

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Award-winning author and pop culture historian Martin Gitlin will host a presentation on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. The presentation is based on Gitlin’s book, "The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time."

Gitlin is the only author to actually rank the best of the best including "I Love Lucy," "All in the Family," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Cheers," "Seinfeld," "Frasier" and "Modern Family." He will show snippets from those shows and others, challenge patrons to identify theme songs and answer other sitcom trivia, discuss the criteria he used to rank the best of the best, and talk about how sitcoms have evolved over the decades in humor, presentation and content.

The first situational comedies, or sitcoms, were produced on the radio. In 1926 a radio station in Chicago had a daily 15-minute program called "Sam ’n’ Henry," which later became known as "Amos ’n’ Andy." In the 1940s, sitcoms adapted to the television screen. The 30-minute time slot was filled with 22 minutes of the sitcom and eight minutes of advertising. The show, “Mary Kay and Johnny,” debuted in 1947.

Throughout his career as a journalist in Northeast Ohio, Gitlin has won 45 writing awards. When he turned to freelance work, he was able to research and report on many topics including the Cleveland Browns. In addition to "The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time," he has authored over 130 books including "The Great American Cereal Book" and "Powerful Moments in Sports: The Most Significant Sporting Events in American History."

Go to or email Sherrel Rieger at to receive a Zoom invitation. Call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.