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Under One Ideological Roof? Tv Sitcoms And Drama Series

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Like the Singapore Idol competition, made-in-Singapore television situation comedies and weekly dramas are typical products of the culture industry. While these sitcoms and dramas tend to mimic and thereby support dominant ideological formations largely through the use of stereotypes, the sitcoms in particular sometimes contain playful and satirical moments of resistance against the seriousness. This chapter identifies these critical possibilities amid the usually conservative tendencies in Singapore?s English-language sitcoms and dramas. It makes critical references to a selection of responses from focus group discussions conducted by Chong Kai Yee as part of her 2001 honors thesis written for the National University of Singapore, revealing audience responses that range from preferred readings to more clearly oppositional ones. The chapter concludes with a detailed critical analysis of episodes from Singapore?s most commercially successful English-language sitcoms: Under One Roof (1994-2003) and Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd (PCK) (1997-2007).

Keywords: culture industry; Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd (PCK); Singapore?s English-language sitcoms; television situation comedies; Under One Roof; weekly dramas

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