Your opinion of Laugh tracks?



  • Personally, I hate the stupid laugh tracks on todays television shows.  It’s even worse on the Disney channel ( I have two teenagers).



  • I  think we need more laugh tracks.

    Loud, derisive laughter.



  • My favorite shows don’t have laugh tracks - Corner Gas, The Office, Malcolm in the Middle.  Note that Cheers had a live audience as well - this kind of worked for them.
    I hated the manipulative use of laugh tracks in Seinfeld, Friends and others where someone got applause for showing up in the picture.



  • @cystic:

    My favorite shows don’t have laugh tracks - Corner Gas, The Office, Malcolm in the Middle.  Note that Cheers had a live audience as well - this kind of worked for them.

    British or American Office?  Or both?

    I hated the manipulative use of laugh tracks in Seinfeld, Friends and others where someone got applause for showing up in the picture.

    What do you mean?  A cameo?  Hey, it could be exciting, I guess.  But we are talking about Friends fans here…


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    Id like all shows to use the exact laugh track form “I love Lucy” so i can hear that same sounds over and over again from that one lady      (If you watched this show as many times as me- you know the one). It would be an inside joke.

    The Laugh track from the Brady Bunch and the Flintstones are also noteworthy.



  • @Jermofoot:

    @cystic:

    My favorite shows don’t have laugh tracks - Corner Gas, The Office, Malcolm in the Middle.  Note that Cheers had a live audience as well - this kind of worked for them.

    British or American Office?  Or both?

    American - haven’t got into the British yet.

    I hated the manipulative use of laugh tracks in Seinfeld, Friends and others where someone got applause for showing up in the picture.

    What do you mean?  A cameo?  Hey, it could be exciting, I guess.  But we are talking about Friends fans here…

    no no - not a cameo, just when one of the players walks into a scene (usually Kramer).



  • @cystic:

    American - haven’t got into the British yet.

    IMO, American is ok, but it doesn’t compare to the British one.  YMMV

    no no - not a cameo, just when one of the players walks into a scene (usually Kramer).

    Well, can’t blame the show for the audience.  Them fans can get a bit crazy.  :lol:



  • I’ll tell you what’s lame:  when a show has a scene that is intended to be funny, and thus includes a laugh track, but I’m watching it and sitting there saying “What the f*ck?  Did I MISS something?”

    Yeah, it seems in that case like the producers, or whatever powers that be, are trying to influence me to put more stock into their show, and I happen to like my free-will, thank you.


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