Examination of Comedy Through a Television Serial: Case of Çocuklar Duymasın

 

Among the TV genres, sitcoms seek to entertain the audience while raising their awareness on certain issues. One of the most popular Turkish TV serials of all times is Çocuklar Duymasın (Don’t Let Children Hear). This serial is produced by Birol Güven and started to be broadcasted in 2002. The serial has been on the air till 2014 on several TV channels. During this time, it was produced for a few years and re-appeared with a new format. The new version was on the air after 2012 till 2014. Pathos mentioned in Aristotelian rhetoric analysis is formed throughout the serial with the sound of laughter. Comedy is formed through jokes and are classified in the serial. For the present study, 60 episodes of Çocuklar Duymasın broadcasted in 2014 are examined and the types of jokes that are followed with the sound of laughter is categorized as simple and intellectuel jokes. The results suggest that number of messages based on simple-everyday life jokes is more than intellectual ones.