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Shakespeare Sitcom Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0074  Sunday, 26 February 2006

[1] 	From: 	Hugh Davis <
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	Date: 	Monday, 20 Feb 2006 10:10:57 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0056 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

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	Date: 	Monday, 20 Feb 2006 11:47:05 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0056 Shakespeare Sitcom Question


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From: 		Hugh Davis <
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Date: 		Monday, 20 Feb 2006 10:10:57 -0500
Subject: 17.0056 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0056 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

Besides the Head of the Class about a Shakespeare Competition, there is 
one episode about Charlie mounting a "pop culture-influenced Hamlet." 
The class bashes his ideas but then defends him when some reviews of his 
very-off Broadway production criticize it. They learn that 
interpretation is important to keep classics alive.

Hugh

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Date: 		Monday, 20 Feb 2006 11:47:05 -0500
Subject: 17.0056 Shakespeare Sitcom Question
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0056 Shakespeare Sitcom Question

Kelly Rivers <
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 >One more: Family Guy has an episode where Brian teaches R&J to
 >his remedial English class--I believe it's in season 3.
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 >Kelly

Family Guy
"Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High"
Season 4, episode 2.  May 8, 2005. Fox. 30 mins.  Animated cartoon.
A controversial series for its politically incorrect jokes. When Chris's 
teacher wins the lottery and quits Brian, the family's talking dog, 
fills in as substitute but is moved to another class for troubled kids 
and teaches them to aspire to low-level jobs.  Brian starts to ask the 
class what literature they 've read and gets into a discussion of Romeo 
and Juliet:  "Okay, let me try and make this a little easier. If 
Shakespeare were writing today it might sound more like this: Yo, Romeo, 
where you at, okay? Tell your daddy if he don't like us together then 
that's just too bad because this Juliet ain't waitin' around for some 
'ool in tights named Romeo. You know what I'm sayin'?' And Romeo might 
sound like this: "Do you believe the words "that are comin' out of her 
mouth?'" Later in class, Brian says he "should just try a whole new 
approach. . . . Oh, let's see the kid with the hearing aid from Barney 
do this. Aw ' right, aw 'right. So's I'm chillin' in Verona when my 
homie busts out with, 'Yo Romeo, check out that bee-yatch Juliet in the 
window.' Problem is, Juliet's peeps are like East Coast rappers and my 
posse's representin' West-si-eede! Just like my boys Tupac and Biggie."

Also, Boston Public is a melodrama, not a sit-com.

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