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Thomas Hemingway


'The Aesthetics of Post-Broadcast Comedy Television'

My thesis explores questions regarding style, authorship, and temporality in the original comedy programming for two of the largest subscription-based streaming services - Netflix and Amazon Video. My chapters each focus on elements related to the aesthetics of post-broadcast comedy. I will examine whether there has been a distinct shift in the programming and style of the situation comedy, analysing adult animated shows such as BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014 - ) and F is For Family (Netflix, 2015 - ). Additionally, I will focus on the continuation of comedy shows such as Arrested Development (Fox, 2003 - 2006/Netflix, 2013 - ) on streaming services, which creates an opportunity to analyse any significant changes in style from previous genre traditions. Finally, I have recognised that the sub-genre of stand-up comedy television is an area which has received little scholarly attention despite being an increasingly dominating presence in the streaming market. I hope to investigate how comic delivery and improvisation has been translated into the aesthetics of stand-up television.

This project is supervised by Dr. Helen Wheatley, and has been partly funded by a CADRE (Centre For Arts Doctoral Research Excellence) scholarship.


I have had work published in the Offscreen film journal:

Irony, Control, and Distance in 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'

The Objectification of Jennifer Lawrence in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

as well as for Alternate Takes:

And the Nominees Are: The 2019 Oscars Best Picture Category

I have a forthcoming chapter (Binge-Watching and Narrative in Post-Broadcast Comedy Television) in an edited collection from Edinburgh University Press titled Binge-Watching and Contemporary Television Research.

Conference Papers:

'Binge-Watching and Narrative in Post-Broadcast Comedy Television', Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow, June 2019.

’Soprano, Draper, Underwood … Horseman: Post-Broadcast Adult Animated Comedy', Department Research Day, University of Warwick, May 2019.

'The Auteur in Post-Broadcast Comedy Television', Department Research Day, University of Warwick, May 2018.


I hold an MA (with Distinction) in Film and Television Studies (2016 - 2017) and a BA (Hons) in Film and Literature (2013 - 2016), both from the University of Warwick.


I led seminar groups for the first year Film Criticism and Theories of the Moving Image modules in the Autumn '18 and Spring '19 terms respectively. I also taught an MA session regarding Post-Broadcast television on the Television History and Criticism module in the Autumn '18 term.

I will be taking second year seminar groups for Hollywood cinema in Autumn '19 and third year classes for Film Aesthetics in Spring 2020. In addition to this, I will be taking seminar groups for the new Business of Film module as well as teaching two weeks on the first year Film and Television Criticism module in Spring 2020.


BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014 - ) BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014 - )

Love (Netflix, 2016 - 2018)

Love (Netflix, 2016 - 2018)

Arrested Development (Fox, 2003 - 2006/ Netflix, 2013 - )