Talk:Laugh track

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I'm sorry, but what is the connection between someone's personal political philosophy and their objection to laugh tracks? Also, what evidence is there that the laugh track "has a deadening effect on the intelligence of the real audience"? --BradleyS 19:42, 8 July 2011 (EDT)

It's self-evident, isn't it? "The Office" is conservative humor, and it has no laugh track. But the stuff put out by liberal producers relies heavily on a laugh track. Liberals typically don't mind it; conservatives find it idiotic.--Andy Schlafly 20:26, 8 July 2011 (EDT)
I don't find it self-evident. Several shows from Greatest Conservative TV shows use a laugh track: Family Ties, The Cosby Show and The Bob Newhart Show. Larry David is a liberal and his vulgar show Curb Your Enthusiasm doesn't. --BradleyS 21:57, 8 July 2011 (EDT)
What exactly makes The Office a conservative show? I've watched it many times and don't see anything very political, let alone conservative, about it. Furthermore, its partner show, so to speak, 30 Rock, is probably about the most liberal sitcom on the major networks, and it doesn't use a laugh track either. Nor did Arrested Development, another show popular among liberals. This politicization of a very non-political idea doesn't seem to withstand scrutiny. BobJ 12:58, 9 July 2011 (EDT)
Nostalgia, I wish television sitcoms would go back to being filmed in front of a live studio audience. ~ JonG ~ 20:23, 9 July 2011 (EDT)


I too am not convinced by this distinction. An example is apparent when one compares 2 of the better political satire shows of the past 30 years, "Yes Minister" and "The thick of it". Yes Minister the one that parodies and illustrates the difficulties of having a large and wide ranging government and is clearly a conservative themed show. The thick of it, on the other hand parodies politicians relationship with the media contains much lewd and offensive conduct including "violent sexual imagery" and is clearly what you would describe as a liberal show. Yet Yes Minister has a laugh track whilst the thick of it does not. One exception does not, of course, prove that a principle is not sound, however I think it illustrates that some shows suit a laugh track, whilst others do not. It comes down to the mood that the director are looking for rather than any liberal or conservative trait of the show. --DamianJohn 03:10, 10 July 2011 (EDT)

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This needs to be improved before reentry into the content page - for example, what is the significance of CBS in the first sentence?

Sitcoms which mostly portray non-family topics such as The Big Bang Theory, the highly sexualized How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement use them - they all run on CBS. Likewise M*A*S*H creator (and former Huffington Post blogger) Larry Gelbart famously wanted the series to run without a laugh track, but was overruled by the network (a compromise was reached in which most O.R. scenes omitted the track). The notably pro-homosexuality show Modern Family does not use a laugh track either.