Term Paper Proposal – Dr. Katz

At the moment, for my term paper I would like to write about the animated television series, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. A friend recommended it to me and I have only seen a couple of the episodes, so for the paper I will focus on the first two seasons. I wanted to focus on a show a little more obscure. It aired on Comedy Central from 1995 to 1999, and had six seasons. It is a half-hour show with commercial breaks and follows a similar format each episode. Dr. Katz has actors and comedians as his patients, and has an unemployed 25-year-old son. It was sort of the precursor for Adult Swim type animated shows. It is a style of show that would seem to fit well on HBO and its production has ties to HBO, so that is something I could explore definitely. I am worried there is not a lot of scholarly material on it, but I would like to give it a shot.

If it doesn’t work out then I would write about Curb, another show I do not have a lot of experience with, but find to be quality and entertaining and on HBO.

One response to “Term Paper Proposal – Dr. Katz

  1. Both of these series present interesting options, though I don’t yet have a sense of what it is you want to explore about them. Specifically, what questions about authorship do they raise for you? You might, for instance, think about the peculiarities of authorship in animation with Dr. Katz, looking into the history of that genre, or you might think about the question of fake autobiography with Curb Your Enthusiasm…