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What's a DomCom without a couch? It's usually center-stage and positioned so that anyone sitting there is facing directly into the audience; presumably it's right in front of the FourthWall. Sometimes a TV is set between it and the audience. The couch is typically set in the center of the room, rather than pushed against a wall, so that standing characters can converse with sitting characters while both are still facing the audience.

And ''everybody'' sits on The Couch at some point during each show. Even the dog. They probably [[ThisIsMyChair sit in the same place every time]], too.

If you can remember the show, you can almost certainly picture the living room (or coffee bar) and the requisite couch.

The couch is, of course, prepackaged in StandardizedSitcomHousing (however, you do have to buy your own TV), and can often be found in a SocialSemiCircle. (That said, don't put [[TwoGamersOnACouch two gamers]] on it).

See also LocalHangout.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/AccordingToJim'': There is a couch in the living room the other cast members use, but Jim normally sits in his chair to the left of it.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' (no, not the two chairs in the center. Over to the right some, by the door, under the window -- yeah, there).
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' had its own version of TheCouch: the long cafeteria table at which every character sat ''on the same side'', so the set could be built with only one wall.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Possibly referenced in an episode where Sheldon's "spot" on the couch is dirtied by a paintball and being the high-strung, type-A nerd that he is, he has to deal with either finding a new place to sit or simply turning the cushion over, which he refuses to do, because [[SuperOCD it doesn't have his butt imprint on it.]] Before the couch was there, it was simply a lawn chair Sheldon used as his "spot."
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow''
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' has the couch and chairs at their oft-frequented bar. Occasionally, they'll sit in another spot, but if you need to gather all six of the cast around, it'll be on the couch.
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'': Don't trip on the ottoman!
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', in which The Couch is central in both households and, in the case of Raymond and Debra, gets totalled by a runaway car. Somehow, the damage to the couch is more shocking than the fact Frank and Marie have just driven a car through the wall.
* ''Series/FamilyTies''
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' played it straight with an actual couch, but Martin Crane's nearby banged-up old recliner was arguably more well-known, well-liked and certainly more frequently used in the series, to the point of becoming the center of a border-line RunningGag.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' the classic audience-facing couch setup is actually in the coffee house, while the couch in Monica's apartment is perpendicular to the audience facing the TV on the right wall, and the guys' apartment sports two recliners, faced perpendicularly to the TV on the left.[[note]]Temporarily replaced with a [[RuleOfFunny kayak]].[[/note]] The reason for this may have been that unlike virtually all other sitcoms, ''Friends'' usually lets us see the characters' television screens while they're watching them, presumably because what they're watching often involves Joey.
* In ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', George's kitchen table is like this.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had two of these: The ''actual'' couch, and the kitchen table. It's about a fifty-fifty toss-up which one was featured more prominently.
* ''Series/GrowingPains''
* ''Series/HappyDays''
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Not only is there a couch in the main apartment, the cast never has a problem getting the exact same booth in a crowded, lively bar. One episode shows that this was because one of the bartenders would shoo away anyone sitting in their regular booth. The writers wanted to avert the latter and have them more realistically sit in different places at different times, but they were told this would be too expensive.
** Barney's couch faces the FourthWall, which in his apartment ''is'' a TV. Then cut to his bedroom... Where it's revealed he has a second TV like this.
* ''Series/ICarly''
* ''Series/TheJeffersons''
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. One episode even revolved one of Kelly's dates inadvertently burning down the couch with his cigar while he and Kelly make out, making Kelly and Bud travel to find a replacement.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', the cots in the Swamp frequently served much the same purpose.
* ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'': The sofa became practically another character in the show, and the last non-special episode, "Sofa," was even ''about'' its replacement.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' always had a living room couch, but in the first season, which was shot single-camera, it's not terribly prominent. When the show went to three-camera the set was redesigned and the couch, placed squarely facing the fourth wall, finally came into its own.
* ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1975}}''
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Mrs. Davis' living room has a couch, in the living room under a window and to the left of the fireplace. It's always facing the fourth wall, as the show was shot using the three camera configuration. It's not too prominent, as Mrs. Davis (and therefore Miss Brooks) doesn't have a television set. Much of the talking and action usually takes place in front of it. However, there are exceptions, notably "Old Age Plan".
* ''Series/RedDwarf'', being set in space, had no actual couch. This was actually cited as a reason why it ''wouldn't be funny'' in one of the rejections the writers received when they were trying to pitch the show. Their answer to ''that'' was to [[TakeThat use the man's name as an insult]] in a second-season episode. [[spoiler: It's "You're a total ''Gwenlan'', Kryten."]] Various locations served as a sort of couch substitute - initially, Lister and Rimmer's bunkroom fills the role, later Starbug's mid-section - but usually, the characters meet up where the plot requires them to be.
** Weirdly enough, ''[[Literature/RedDwarf Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers]]'' actually mentions that Rimmer and Lister's quarters ''does'' have a couch, but it never really gets used.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' -- And, damn, that couch (and the ever-present blanket flopped over the top of it) was ''uglyyyy!''
* ''Series/TheRoyleFamily'': Although neither the sofa or Jim's chair are the standard "facing the fourth wall" set piece. Instead, the camera freely shifts around the room and we do even get to see the fourth wall a lot.
* ''Series/RulesOfEngagement'' has one in each of the two couple's apartment. There is a room in the back of one apartment that has two chairs facing a TV against a wall, periodically used.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': The one in JD and Turk's [[spoiler:(later Turk and Carla's)]] apartment.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
* ''Series/StillStanding'' had the couch. In fact, most scenes took place in the living room in the vicinity on and around said couch.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': Eric's basement and living room both had a couch front and center. Both sets, however, erected a fourth wall whenever characters were depicted in "The Circle", where the camera rotated 360 degrees from the center of the room.
* ''Series/ThreesCompany''.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' - the Solomons' loft apartment as well as any other character's home (Mary, Don, Nina, etc.).
** Subverted in that the Solomons don't ''own'' an actual couch. They make do with two or three ratty chairs and an ottoman. In the episode when Harry gets amnesia, the first thing he says when he sees the living room is, "No sofa, that's weird."
* ''Series/TilDeath'': Played straight with a couch, though the easy chair to the left of it was used just as often. The other is a literal one in front of the kitchen, of the TV variety. Rarely are people seen in the kitchen when this second couch was used.
* ''Series/TooManyCooks'': Being a spoof of DomCom shows ([[MindScrew among other things]]), of course The Couch is featured prominently in many scenes.
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' has 2. The first is the kitchen table, where normally only 3 of the 4 seats are ever used.
** Subverted in one episode. The kitchen table hosted Alan, Lauren and their children around the table. While the least important character has his back to the fourth wall, a camera cuts around to show him face on, and the fourth wall is indeed visible behind him.
* In one episode of ''Series/YesDear'', Greg moves the couch so that it faces away from the FourthWall, arguing that the previous arrangement made no sense. His wife complains that [[LampshadeHanging it doesn't feel right somehow]].

* All of ''Theatre/MaryMary'' takes place on one domestic set, which includes a sofa.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheRPGFanatic'': Almost every episode involves the RPG Fanatic sitting on his couch playing videogames.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara's futon.
* Present in WebVideo/{{Manwhores}}
* Episodes of ''WebVideo/JustBetweenUs'' open on one.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'' (which even became famous for the CouchGag)
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', though the couch and furniture often move around for the sake of keeping a wide number of characters on the screen at once.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': The title characters were well known for sitting on a couch and critiquing music videos.
* WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}} during lunch has the four main characters all sitting on the same side of the table.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has both a literal couch (in the Planet Express break room) and the meeting table.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', the Teen Titans have a large red couch in the living room where they are very often seen.