laugh tracks have ruined comedy tv...

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  1. megatronski

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    on almost every comedy/sitcom there is a laugh track every 10 seconds. dont you think that is annoying????

    and they use it on animations which is even worse......

    do you think laugh tracks have ruined comedy tv????
     
  2. Peter Cullen91

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    not really. the cosby show had laugh tracks, and that was a great show. However, I agree that laugh tracks are annoying only when they're OVERused
     
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    Eh, it sort of or has died down, more.

    Considering it's more reality television than sitcoms.
     
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    Depends on the show, I feel really weird seeing episodes of Red Dwarf without one.
     
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    Not sure how you mean "ruined" comedy tv. I belive how ever long there has been Comedy tv, there has been a laugh track. It is strange to hear it on a cartoon though...
     
  6. Seth Buzzard

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    I was just telling someone last night I'm spoiled on shows like The Office (US and Brit), My Name is Earl and 30 Rock and am no longer interested in sitcoms that are a handful of sets in front of a studio audience with a laugh track. Those shows just seem old fashion and cheep now. I do say there are some shows like that form the past that still hold up (like Seinfeld) but for he most part that style of show I'm done with.
     
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    The thing about those shows is that there are like a million jokes thrown out in a single minute, so the laugh track you here is the one you make yourself, or those who you're watching with. There's always some joke for someone to laugh at.
     
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    Considering laugh tracks have been a staple of sitcom tv since the beginning, I can't say that they ruined comedy television. And by adding laugh tracks to Scooby-doo and The Flintstones, tv execs in the 60s were trying to appeal to adults as well as children. If anything, you can possibly say that it is the sitcom without the laugh track that is ruining comedy television, since they are the current popular and new form of sitcom tv.

    I think one of the worst laugh tracks is Hogan's Heroes, which isn't a sitcom. It takes away, at times, from the humorous WWII dramedy. Nevertheless, it doesn't ruin the program.
     
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    One of my favorite sitcoms these days is Big Bang Theory, and I never even noticed it had a laugh track until someone pointed it out to me.
     
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    I thought it was the combined lack of creativity & talent that killed comedy tv.
     
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    It's been a long time since I've watched any sitcom but, even when I used to, I generally just tuned out the laugh track and got to point I didn't even notice it. It generally took me awhile to notice when a show didn't have a laugh track, since I'd accepted them as part of the background noise.
     
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    I don't really notice them unless it's Scooby Doo. It's rather easy to tune them out.
     
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    I think it depends on the show and how it is used. If it is Red Dwarf I enjoy it. With out one, it seems a little dead.

    But when you have the stupid annoying audience like a Full House crowd it is nails on a chalk board bad. "You got it duuuude" - kid "AAAWWWWWWWWWW" - Audience. They 'OOOooooh!' at kisses, 'Awww' at the kids, and laugh at the stupidest jokes and lame catchphrases. Watch the Nostalgia Critic review of Full House to see what I mean.


    I do enjoy a comedy with out laugh tracks like Earl, Psych, Chuck, etc. They are fantastic with out one
     
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    I think the only show that was ruined by a laugh track was Out of Jimmy's Head.

    But that show was already horrible, so it's like dumping on crap.
     
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    Not at all. The density (and often success) of jokes on shows without laugh tracks is really no different to those with laugh tracks.

    Laugh tracks haven't ruined comedy tv given that they've been a huge part of it since way back. Really it's comedy tv that has ruined laugh tracks as (thankfully) less and less shows appear to be using them.
     
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    So you're old enough to remember when adding a laugh track was new to animation? Doubtful. I'm almost positive you've grown up seeing things like Flintstones.

    OK,either I don't understand what a laugh track is,or you don't. I thought it was what you use when you DON'T have an audience.
     
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    Tracks can be use to juice up an audience. In the end if it's an audience or a tape player I don't feel that I need cues to signal me when something is funny.
     
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    the only time I despised laugh tracks was when they were used for FullHouse. That show didnt have anything funny about it
     
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    The Big Bang Theory. The laugh track used on that show is awful. So loud and overbearing.
     

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