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7th May '16 10:25:40 PM GoblinCipher
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Generally, situation comedies deal with a small cast of characters encountering humorous situations while living their everyday lives. What counts as "everyday" varies between individuals -- daily life for [[Series/{{Cheers}} the staff of a bar in Boston]] is very different from daily life for [[Series/TheFlintstones anachronistic cavemen]]. The two most popular subjects for sitcoms are family life (usually two parents with 2-3 kids) and the workplace full of oddballs.

Most sitcoms are a half-hour long (minus commercials), but this isn't a hard and fast rule. Older sitcoms frequently have a LaughTrack. More than any other genre, sitcoms enforce StatusQuoIsGod.

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Generally, situation comedies deal with a small cast of characters encountering humorous situations while living their everyday lives. What counts as "everyday" varies between individuals -- daily life for [[Series/{{Cheers}} the staff of a bar in Boston]] is very different from daily life for [[Series/TheFlintstones anachronistic cavemen]]. Sitcoms are not, however, to be confused with series of other genres that contain ComicRelief.

The two most popular subjects for sitcoms are family life (usually two parents with 2-3 kids) and the workplace full of oddballs.

oddballs. Most sitcoms are a half-hour long (minus commercials), but this isn't a hard and fast rule. Older sitcoms frequently have a LaughTrack. More than any other genre, sitcoms enforce StatusQuoIsGod.
7th May '16 10:24:05 PM GoblinCipher
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Generally, situation comedies deal with a small cast of characters encountering humorous situations while living their everyday lives. What counts as "everyday" varies between individuals -- daily life for [[Series/{{Cheers}} the staff of a bar in Boston]] is very different from daily life for [[Series/TheFlintstones anachronistic cavemen]]. The two most popular subjects for sitcoms are family life (usually two parents with 2-3 kids) and the workplace full of oddballs.

Most sitcoms are a half-hour long (minus commercials), but this isn't a hard and fast rule. Older sitcoms frequently have a LaughTrack. More than any other genre, sitcoms enforce StatusQuoIsGod.
3rd May '16 10:35:31 PM MsChibi
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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however). The Honeymooners did much to standardize many of these tropes as well.

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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however). The Honeymooners ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' did much to standardize many of these tropes as well.
28th Dec '15 4:30:35 AM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/JustTheTenOfUs''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/JustTheTenOfUs''.''Series/{{Just the Ten of Us}}''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]
28th Dec '15 4:30:02 AM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/{{Just the Ten of Us}}''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]

->''"I know this is a sitcom, but ''no-one'' can be this stupid."''\\
-- '''Brendon''', ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' (an [[HypocriticalHumor animated sitcom]])

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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/{{Just the Ten of Us}}''.''Series/JustTheTenOfUs''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]

->''"I know this is a sitcom, but ''no-one'' can be this stupid."''\\
-- '''Brendon''',
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-->--'''Brendon''',
''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' (an [[HypocriticalHumor animated sitcom]])
24th Nov '15 3:11:17 AM BloodMist
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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however). The Honeymooners did much to standardize much of these tropes as well.

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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however). The Honeymooners did much to standardize much many of these tropes as well.
24th Nov '15 3:10:45 AM BloodMist
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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however). The Honeymooners did much to standardize the sitcom even before I Love Lucy.

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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however). The Honeymooners did much to standardize the sitcom even before I Love Lucy.
much of these tropes as well.
24th Nov '15 3:07:18 AM BloodMist
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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however).

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The term [=Sitcom=] is a portmanteau of "Situation Comedy". Originally, sitcoms were broadcast on the radio. Before long, they progressed to television; the Ur-[=Sitcom=] on TV is ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered many of the technical and comedic techniques used to this day, including ThreeCameras, but the first television sitcom is generally agreed to have been 1946's ''Pinwright's Progress'' on Creator/TheBBC (all footage is lost, however).
however). The Honeymooners did much to standardize the sitcom even before I Love Lucy.
26th Jul '15 4:03:55 AM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/JustTheTenOfUs''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]

->''"I know this is a sitcom, but ''no one'' can be this stupid."''\\
-- '''Brendon''', in ''HomeMovies'' (an [[HypocriticalHumor animated sitcom]])

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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/JustTheTenOfUs''.''Series/{{Just the Ten of Us}}''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]

->''"I know this is a sitcom, but ''no one'' ''no-one'' can be this stupid."''\\
-- '''Brendon''', in ''HomeMovies'' ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' (an [[HypocriticalHumor animated sitcom]])
30th Jun '15 7:37:06 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''Series/{{227}}'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/TenIsEnough''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from top left: ''Series/CharlesInCharge'', ''Series/{{ALF}}'', ''Series/GimmeABreak'', ''Series/SmallWonder'', ''Series/{{227}}'', ''227'', ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', ''Series/TenIsEnough''.''Series/JustTheTenOfUs''. Center: ''Series/{{Webster}}'']]
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