Etymology
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sitcom (n.)

by 1959, from the first elements of situation comedy, a phrase attested from 1953 in reference to television shows, earlier (1943) of radio programs that depend on the conjunction of characters and circumstances; see situation and comedy. Situation since 1779 also has had a specific theatrical sense of "crisis or critical point in the action of a play."

Even Bing Crosby has succumbed to series TV and will appear in a sitcom as an electrical engineer who happens to break into song once a week. [Life magazine, Sept. 18, 1964]

updated on November 23, 2022

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