Sitcom

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Sitcom, an abbreviation of the term "situation comedy," is a television genre in which characters, and the relations between them, form the basis of comedic interactions. Sitcoms will often mix in elements of drama and other plot devices, sometimes including situational or political messages.

While sitcoms tend to be family-friendly, this is not always the case: comparing modern sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family with older sitcoms like The Andy Griffith Show, McHale's Navy, Happy Days and Full House reveals the wide range of the genre.

A popular family-friendly sitcom from the 1980's was The Cosby Show.

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