Author: Sharon Ross

I am associate chair of the Television Department at Columbia College Chicago, where I teach history and critical studies classes. I am the author of Beyond the Box: Television and the Internet, co-editor of Teen Television: Essays in Programming and Fandom. My next project examines the modern history and reception of teen TV

The Return of the Family Sitcom

I have a long tradition of disliking family sitcoms, reaching all the way back to my adolescence. But this season on TV, I have fallen in love with two “traditional” family sitcoms, both on ABC on Wednesday nights: The Middle and Modern Family.