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Revel with a CauseLiberal Satire in Postwar America$
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Stephen E. Kercher

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226431642

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.001.0001

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“Sophisticated Daring” and Political Cowardice

“Sophisticated Daring” and Political Cowardice

Television Satire and Nbc's That was the Week That was

(p.345) Chapter Ten “Sophisticated Daring” and Political Cowardice
Revel with a Cause
University of Chicago Press

By the early 1960s, network television executives had begun to capitalize on the growing popularity of satiric entertainment among affluent middle-class Americans by offering programs such as The Bob Newhart Show and Rocky and His Friends. This chapter examines the television comedy that attempted to harness the critical spirit of liberal satire—NBC's That Was the Week That Was. The show addressed pressing social and political issues, but was in the end compromised by the cowardice of network executives.

Keywords:   network television, satire, television comedy, That Was the Week That Was, social issues, political issues

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