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Sitcom Homage Episode

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"J.D.'s sitcom fantasy is filmed in front of a live Studio Audience."

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, and probably a Three Cameras format as well. 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.

Note that many of these shows, in a broader sense, are also sitcoms, but the subject of parody is specifically the older archetype of one. Sometimes overlaps with Parody Episode in those cases where it's a Whole-Plot Reference to a particular sitcom, and Subverted Sitcom when there's a darker or scarier reason for the show suddenly pivoting to a sitcom aesthetic.


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  • 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 one part where Chris Rock visits his homecoming date's house to meet her snobby affluent parents. This whole scene is a parody of older, more cliched black sitcoms such as The Cosby Show, complete with a three-cameras format and a constant laugh track.
  • Played with in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk's Favorite Show". Adrian Monk himself was a big fan of a 70s/80s family sitcom titled The Cooper Clan (a likely parody of The Brady Bunch) during his childhood. At one point he has a dream where he's in the show itself and talks to the characters, giving his usual explanation of the episode's murder mystery; while also revealing some very unpleasant truths about what happened to the former cast members after the show ended.
  • 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 is already a Work Com Dramedy, but 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 in which they land is a Supernatural sitcom complete with alternate opening credits and a theme song, catch phrases, an obviously fake 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 à la The Munsters, complete with jaunty music and lame puns.
  • Mr. Robot did an episode where half of it was a parody of '80s sitcoms such as Full House or ALF (complete with the actual ALF). However, as the episode went on it got darker and more in the vein of Too Many Cooks.
  • Scorpion did an episode where Cabe, feeling old, is drugged and hallucinates he's a sitcom 'bumbling dad'. Not played for laughs.
  • In the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "Old Lady House: A Situational Comedy", Dennis sets up hidden cameras in the house of Charlie's mother after Charlie is worried about her living situation with Mac's mom. The Gang, being sadistic creeps, end up turning their dysfunctional relationship into a personal sitcom by adding in laugh tracks whenever something they find funny happens. Later on, other characters show up and Dee herself tries to participate as a Drop-In Character with abysmal results.
  • WandaVision could be considered this to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Each episode parodies a sitcom from a different decade, with the titular characters in starring roles. It's eventually revealed that this is all due to Wanda using her powers to create the life with Vision she never got, and she's trapped a whole town with her powers to play out various side characters.

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  • One mission of Saints Row IV re-envisions the Boss' life as a 1950s-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 Animation 
  • Dorkly Originals: A few Mortal Kombat videos has the cast in a sitcom called "Get Over Here!" with the occasional audience track.
  • 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".

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Craig imagines an opening for a sitcom about his family, which is a homage to Family Matters.

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