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

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). ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' did much to standardize many of these tropes as well.

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. 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.

!!Subgenres:
[[index]]
* AwfulWeddedLife
* BlackSitcom
* BritCom
* DomCom
* FantasticComedy
* KidCom
* OddCouple
* RoommateCom
* SitComic
* WorkCom
[[/index]]

See also ComedyTropes.
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