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Marlessa Stivala /// TV Programming Analyst /// Writer /// Monica Geller-type with Chandler Bing’s sarcasm.

Living in and loving NYC, I have a lifelong passion for writing, television, film media, language, Tudor history, Old Hollywood, and Greek mythology.

I’m most likely listening to Frank Sinatra and drinking coffee.


Why “SitcomStudies?”- This is the part where I’m supposed to think of a more eloquent way to say “I love sitcoms and I love studying them”, right? Okay. There’s always been something special to me about sitcoms: the familiar characters, the witty dialogue, the relatable plot lines and of course the fact that it’s so easy to become lost in several episodes (Yes, Netflix, of course I want to continue watching Frasier, is there another option?!). While some of my posts will reflect on iconic characters, couples or moments, the true aim of this blog is the relatable plot lines.I cannot begin to name all the countless moments where I’ve watched a sitcom episode and thought to myself: “This reminds me of X which happened to me”, “This reminds me of Y which is an important issue because of Z” or “I agree with Character Q because I feel this way about topic W.” These posts chronicle just a few of those moments.


Disclaimer: I do not own Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond or any other sitcom discussed on this blog. I am a huge fan of all the sitcoms I choose to write about, thus any and all analyses should not be considered criticisms of the shows themselves. These are simply the thoughts and meditations that these shows inspire. Enjoy reading and please comment! 🙂


~These are a Few of my Favorite Things~

Sitcoms: FrasierFriends. Seinfeld. The Simpsons. M*A*S*H. Everybody Loves Raymond. Cheers. Bewitched. 30 Rock. The Office. The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The Middle. Malcolm in the Middle. The King of Queens. Boy Meets World. That ‘70s Show. Scrubs. The Honeymooners.

Other TV Shows: Mad Men. Smallville. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. House of Cards. Breaking Bad.  Game of Thrones. The Tudors. Justice League. Episodes. Batman: The Animated Series. iZombie.

Authors: George Orwell. Oscar Wilde. Thomas Nashe. Emily Brontë. Jane Austen. Mark Twain. Ernest Hemingway, etc.

Films: Closer. The Breakfast Club. Sabrina. Rebel Without a Cause. The Aviator. Fight Club. Aladdin. East of Eden. Tootsie. High Society. The Godfather. Roman Holiday. Star Wars saga. The Departed. V for Vendetta. Beauty and the Beast. Peter Pan (2003). American Psycho. Her. Léon: The Professional. The Station Agent. Black Swan. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Shutter Island. All About Eve. A Streetcar Named Desire. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ghostbusters. Sunset Boulevard. Wonder Woman. Hot Fuzz. The Revenant, etc.

Music: Green Day. Frank Sinatra. The Shins. The Kooks. Nirvana. Led Zeppelin. She & Him. Luke Bryan. Buddy Holly. Dean Martin. Rage Against the Machine. The Rolling Stones. Nancy Sinatra. The Beatles, etc.

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