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3rd Dec '16 6:19:12 AM Ccook1956
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** Original series episode "The City Of Clipsville" was the girls and the Professor looking back at their past. It ends with the voiceover and superimposed caption "''The Powerpuff Girls'' was recorded in Burbank in front of a live studio audience," with canned laughter and applause over it.
3rd Dec '16 6:16:18 AM Ccook1956
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* ThePowerpuffGirls revival episode "Somewhere Over The Swingset" had the girls entering an alternate world Townsville where everything is 50's sitcom perfect and every line is met with canned laughter/reactions. The girls even want to know where the laughter is coming from.
29th Oct '16 9:57:42 AM nombretomado
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* Used in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''{{Grease}}'' after Sandy says that she now knows that Danny truly respects her.

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* Used in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''{{Grease}}'' ''Film/{{Grease}}'' after Sandy says that she now knows that Danny truly respects her.
24th Oct '16 1:27:45 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The "Multiverse" episode parodies the laugh track used in the ''Fintstones'' when Stewie and Brian travel to a dimension where everything is made by Creator/HannaBarbara; nearly everything Rock Peter and Rock Lois says triggers canned laughter.

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** The "Multiverse" episode parodies the laugh track used in the ''Fintstones'' when Stewie and Brian travel to a dimension where everything is made by Creator/HannaBarbara; Creator/HannaBarbera; nearly everything Rock Peter and Rock Lois says triggers canned laughter.
24th Oct '16 1:27:19 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The "Multiverse" episode parodies the laugh track used in the ''Fintstones'' when Stewie and Brian travel to a dimension where everything is made by Hanah Barbara; nearly everything Rock Peter and Rock Lois says triggers canned laughter.

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** The "Multiverse" episode parodies the laugh track used in the ''Fintstones'' when Stewie and Brian travel to a dimension where everything is made by Hanah Barbara; Creator/HannaBarbara; nearly everything Rock Peter and Rock Lois says triggers canned laughter.
8th Oct '16 3:36:30 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Milton Berle and Mickey Rooney did what were probably the earliest "canned laughter" jokes (complete with literal laugh can) in 1954 on ''The Buick-Berle Show''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVJ-fplYJr8 Here is the clip.]]
-->'''Milton Berle:''' Hey, this is a boon to writers!\\
'''Mickey Rooney:''' Boon to writers! It's the biggest thing to comics since writers!
21st Aug '16 12:31:59 AM Acebrock
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* Used in one episode of ''Series/MrRobot'', which starts off with a parody of 90s sitcoms, with Elliot's family as the stars on a road trip. It's just as weird as it sounds.
14th Aug '16 1:43:06 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HTqbxYsYwc The Dr. Steel Show, Episode 1,]]'' DoctorSteel enters his lab at the beginning of the show to wild applause, which he reacts humbly to... then [[LampshadeHanging reaches over and turns a dial which turns off the applause track]].

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* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HTqbxYsYwc The Dr. Steel Show, Episode 1,]]'' DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel enters his lab at the beginning of the show to wild applause, which he reacts humbly to... then [[LampshadeHanging reaches over and turns a dial which turns off the applause track]].
9th May '16 9:29:41 AM skidoo23
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While some claim the reason for laugh tracks is ViewersAreMorons, in their defense laughing along with everyone else in a group is a very social phenomenon and watching TV can be a very solitary phenomenon. It's not polite to laugh at something that isn't funny, not everyone has a well defined sense of humor (and that doesn't mean they are a moron, either), so the cue can be helpful to some people.

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While some claim the reason for laugh tracks is ViewersAreMorons, in their defense laughing along with everyone else in a group is a very social phenomenon and watching TV can be a very solitary phenomenon. It's not polite to laugh at something that isn't funny, not everyone has a well defined sense of humor (and that doesn't mean they are a moron, either), so the cue can be helpful to some people.
people. One other criticism of laughter tracks is that it creates an enforced NoFourthWall scenario for every series that features one, continually reminding viewers that that are viewing a performance rather than allowing for immersion into the story and characters (see, for example, ''M*A*S*H'').


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* Most Hanna-Barbera animated series of the late 1950s and into the 1960s have laugh tracks. Justified somewhat with ''Series/TheFlintstones'' as it was intended to be an animated variant on live-action sitcoms such as ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' which were recorded in front of audiences at the time.
9th May '16 9:22:31 AM skidoo23
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In the early days of television, comedies were "traditionally" performed essentially as short plays in front of a live StudioAudience, broadcast live or with minimal editing (see ThreeCameras). However, as television production grew more sophisticated in the late 1940s and early 1950s, there was at least a partial shift away from live performances to productions that were filmed movie-style, with a single camera and on a closed sound stage. The latter gave the director more freedom in selecting shots and angles, as well as the luxury of multiple takes. However, there was no longer an audience to provide instant feedback on the humor.

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In the early days of television, comedies were "traditionally" performed essentially as short plays in front of a live StudioAudience, broadcast live or with minimal editing (see ThreeCameras). However, as television production grew more sophisticated in the late 1940s and early 1950s, there was at least a partial shift away from live performances to productions that were filmed movie-style, with a single camera and on a closed sound stage.stage or on location. The latter gave the director more freedom in selecting shots and angles, as well as the luxury of multiple takes. However, there was no longer an audience to provide instant feedback on the humor.
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