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An episode homaging sitcom tropes.

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Proposed By:
Morgenthaler on May 18th 2016 at 11:25:08 AM
Last Edited By:
AHI-3000 on Nov 1st 2017 at 5:02:26 PM
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"J.D.'s sitcom fantasy is filmed in front of a live Studio Audience."
Scrubs

An episode of a show which is not normally in the Sitcom genre that is framed with the tropes and conventions of that genre. A Laugh Track is pretty much required. The lighting scheme will often be much brighter and happier. It will also deal with usual sitcom plots such as having Dinner with the Boss or throwing in a mini-Very Special Episode for laughs.

Sometimes overlaps with Parody Episode in those cases where it's a Whole Plot Reference to a particular sitcom.


Examples:

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    Film 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The second season finale of Black-ish has Dre dreaming that he and his family are on an episode of Good Times. While the show is mainly a one-camera sitcom, the dream sequence had a four-camera setup and a live studio audience, to duplicate the feel of the original Good Times.
  • In the Everybody Hates Chris episode "Everybody Hates Homecoming", there's a part where Chris visits his homecoming date's house. This scene is a parody of older, more cliched Black Sitcoms such as The Cosby Show, complete with a Three Cameras format and a Laugh Track.
  • The widely hated arc in My Name Is Earl, in which Earl slipped in a coma and dreamed that he was the main character in a family sitcom where he was married to Billie.
  • Scrubs: While the show itself is technically a Work Com, it is more of a Dramedy with more muted plots and characters (at least until Flanderization set in). However, in the episode "My Life in Four Cameras", J.D. has an extended fantasy where he experiences his job at Sacred Heart Hospital in a much more typical sitcom style, including a laugh track, brighter colors, and every problem neatly resolved in the end.
  • Supernatural: In the episode "Changing Channels", the Winchester brothers are thrown into TV Land by the Trickster god. One of the shows they land in is a Supernatural sitcom complete with alternate opening credits and a theme song, catch phrases, an obviously-not-real stage set, a voice-over telling us that Supernatural is filmed before a live audience, and built in commercials. The live-studio audience is stereotypically interactive applauding when characters enter, wolf whistling at sex jokes, and laughing uproariously even at things that aren't funny, like Sam wondering if they'll die in there.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: In "Wizards vs. Vampires", the introduction of Juliet and her vampire family plays out like a cheesy 1960s fantasy sitcom a la The Munsters, complete with jaunty music and lame puns.

    Video Games 
  • One mission of Saints Row IV re-envisions the Boss' life as a 50's style sitcom with a laugh track, inoffensive themes, and simple humor. After a while, the Boss notices something is off and realizes they've been put into a simulation by Zinyak.

    Web Original 
  • The Annoying Orange sometimes features "Sitcom" versions of existing episodes, where a Laugh Track gets added in, but otherwise the plot and dialogue remain unchanged.
  • The first season finale of RWBY Chibi was a sitcom homage complete with obligatory laugh track, a school dance plot, Ruby spouting catch phrases and thanking the studio audience at the end. Borrowing from Friends' convention for naming episodes, the episode was titled "The One With the Laugh Track".

    Western Animation 
  • Avengers, Assemble!: In the first half of the episode "Avengers: Impossible", the Impossible man summons a lot of enemies of the Avengers, and somehow turns it into a sitcom episode, with laughing tracks, The Door Slams You, couches and similar stuff.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Dirty Dog", the parasites living on Spunky act out a typical sitcom scenario, an Odd Couple planning Dinner with the Boss.
  • While it doesn't last the full episode, the Steven Universe episode "Chille Tid" has Steven fall asleep and dream his life is an old black-and-white sit com, with his Human Alien caretakers becoming normal humans and his struggles revolving around trying to take his crush Connie to The Big Dance instead of protecting the world.
  • Teen Titans GO had the episode "Dog Hand" which opened up with a sitcom theme. Trigon's visit is accompanied by a Laugh Track and where he's portrayed as a Bumbling Dad who makes Incredibly Lame Puns.
  • There was an episode of Yin Yang Yo! where Carl the Evil Cockroach Wizard turns the main characters' life into a sitcom reminescent of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Feedback: 25 replies

May 18th 2016 at 11:25:58 AM

I could use some help with the description as I'm not overly familiar with sitcoms, but I've seen this one a bunch of times that I'm pretty sure it's an established trope.

Jun 18th 2016 at 10:11:20 AM

I recall a scene in one episode of Everybody Hates Chris that was shot like a more stereotypical sitcom, complete with multiple cameras and a laugh track.

Jun 19th 2016 at 6:42:09 AM

  • In the Rockos Modern Life episode "Dirty Dog", the parasites living on Spunky act out a typical sitcom scenario, an Odd Couple planning Dinner With The Boss.
  • The second season finale of Black Ish has Dre dreaming that he and his family are on an episode of Good Times. While the show is mainly a one-camera sitcom, the dream sequence had a four-camera setup and a live studio audience, to duplicate the feel of the original Good Times.

Jun 19th 2016 at 9:58:09 AM

  • While it doesn't last the full episode, the Steven Universe episode "Chille Tid" has Steven fall asleep and dream his life is an old black-and-white sit com, with his Human Alien caretakers becoming normal humans and his struggles revolving around trying to take his crush Connie to The Big Dance instead of protecting the world.

Jul 2nd 2016 at 1:55:32 AM

The widely hated arc in My Name Is Earl, in which Earl slipped in a coma and dreamed that he was the main character in a family sitcom where he was married to Billie.

Jul 2nd 2016 at 10:33:07 PM

Wizards Of Waverly Place: In "Wizards vs. Vampires", the introduction of Juliet and her vampire family play out like a cheesy 1960s fantasy sitcom a la The Munsters, complete with jaunty music and lame puns.

Jul 6th 2016 at 10:49:51 AM

Jul 7th 2016 at 1:18:32 AM

^ How is this an example of the trope?

Sep 3rd 2016 at 1:27:25 PM

There was an episode of Yin Yang Yo where Carl the Evil Cockroach Wizard turns the main characters' life into a sitcom reminescent of The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody.

Nov 18th 2016 at 2:52:25 PM

Anyone want to help out with the description?

Nov 18th 2016 at 6:24:27 PM

Sitcom Episode sounds like it just means "an episode of a sitcom". Maybe Sitcom Homage Episode?

Nov 19th 2016 at 12:48:56 AM

^ Yeah, that's a bit clearer.

Nov 19th 2016 at 7:45:59 AM

Video Games

  • One mission of Saints Row IV re-envisions the Boss' life as a 50's style sitcom with a laugh track, inoffensive themes, and simple humor. After a while, the Boss notices something is off and realizes they've been put into a simulation by Zinyak.

Nov 19th 2016 at 2:34:04 PM

  • Avengers Assemble: In the first half of the episode "Avengers: Impossible", the Impossible man summons a lot of enemies of the Avengers, and somehow turns it into a sitcom episode, with laughing tracks, The Door Slams You, couches and similar stuff.

Nov 19th 2016 at 2:36:25 PM

The description still needs some work. It should point that those episodes can become Troperiffic

Aug 21st 2017 at 8:16:42 AM

Certain scenes from movies count?? If that so...

Film - Live-Action:

Oct 28th 2017 at 8:13:44 PM

  • Steven Universe: "Chile Tid" features not only a sitcom style scene, but also homages "the big dance" plot. It's the first part of an otherwise trope normal Dream Sequence.

Oct 28th 2017 at 11:16:28 PM

  • The first season finale of RWBY Chibi was a sitcom homage complete with obligatory laugh track, a school dance plot, Ruby spouting catch phrases and thanking the studio audience at the end. Borrowing from Friends' convention for naming episodes, the episode was titled "The One With the Laugh Track".

Nov 1st 2017 at 4:05:09 PM

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