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The Cooking Channel

For many people around my age, Tia Mowry was familiar and welcome figure growing up; her sitcom with her twin Tamera, Sister Sister, was a sensation when it debuted in 1994. Mowry’s quick wit and winning performance endeared her to more than one generation of fans.

Facebook: Peg Lynch

A radio pioneer and the woman credited with inventing the sitcom died last month at her home in Becket, Massachusetts. Peg Lynch spent roughly 70 years creating, writing and starring in radio and television shows. She was 98.

    Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed.

In Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy To Community by Saul Austerlitz, we can watch the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from Lucy to The Phil Silvers Show; from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show; from M*A*S*H to Taxi; from Cheers to Roseanne; from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm; and from The Larry Sanders Show to 30 Rock.