CNN Original Series History of the Sitcom premiering with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, July 11 at 9pm and 10 pm ET/PT,
Following in the footsteps of the popular CNN Original Series examining The Movies and The Story of Late Night, History of the Sitcom reunites audiences with the television friends, families, and co-workers they grew up with while introducing cutting-edge comedies that are sure to be your next binge-watch. The eight-part docuseries produced by Cream Productions features over 180 original interviews with sitcom icons including Norman Lear, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Kim Fields, Tim Allen, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, George Lopez, Mel Brooks, Isabella Gomez, Bob Newhart, Ted Danson, Joey Soloway, Jimmie Walker, Judd Apatow, Dan Levy, Zooey Deschanel, Chuck Lorre, Mara Brock Akil, Helen Hunt and many more, breaking down how sitcoms have helped generations of Americans navigate an ever-shifting cultural landscape.
The premiere episode at 9pm ET/PT titled “A Family Matter” will examine how sitcoms have evolved to reflect the changing face of American families. The following episode at 10pm ET/PT titled “Sex & The Sitcom” will explore the revolution of sex in sitcoms, including the integration LGBTQ+ storylines in representing a more modern world.
Executive producers for History of the Sitcom are David Brady, Kate Harrison Karman, Bill Carter, and John Ealer for Cream Productions, Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN Original Series. Following the premiere, the series will regularly air on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT on CNN.