Our initial corpus includes a diverse set of situational comedies from the Network Era of American Television (1952-1985). We selected any sitcom that at some point in its run was both one of the top two most watched sitcoms and one of the top ten watched shows overall. This process resulted in a set containing the following fourteen series:
The corpus includes a mix of black and white, color, multiple-camera set-ups, single camera set-ups, film, and video formats. There is also good coverage over the decades and across the networks.