The two comedies I have studied are outnumbered and The Simpson’s and these are what my essay will be about.
‘Outnumbered’ is scheduled on BBC1 at 9pm on Friday nights.
This programme will appeal to a wide range of audiences because although funny it’s also tackles sensitive social issues like Senile Dementia and this is why it fits the public service broadcasting.
It is important that the comedy fits the public service broadcasting because the channel is funded by the TV licence and so must have some reason for charging everyone to watch it.
Friday nights is a good time for comedy because it’s the wind-down time of the week, were families can sit together and enjoy a light-hearted and funny show together.
As well as this, it also is a time when people are preparing for the weekend, so they are willing to stay up late.
After 9pm is usually a good time for comedies such as ‘Outnumbered’ because its post watershed, meaning that it can freely contain adult language and risky subjects.
The programme can also be downloaded online from BBC iplayer, which makes it convenient for busy households.
The programme before is usually a comedy as well so it has a higher chance of sharing audiences.
This also means that the show has a mass audience as everyone would enjoy watching it as it has something for everyone.
Alternatively ‘The Simpson’s’ is shown on channel 4 everyday at 6pm. And repeats are shown whenever possible.
‘The Simpson’s’ fits the channel because it has a niche audience.
Because it is aired on at the same time as the 6’o’clock news, it makes it conveniently a light-hearted comedy alterative to the news.
This is also a good slot because the younger audiences or young adults may not watch the news so they have a light-hearted comedy to switch to.
The Simpson’s does not follow the PSB remit as it is not made inside the UK, however, a high percentage of channel 4 programmes are made inside the UK, so it allows ‘The Simpson’s’ to...