10 Misuses of the Laugh Track

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It’s kind of a sign that your show sucks these days if your show has a laugh track, even if it once was a staple of everything from Happy Days to Seinfeld. Before I get a bunch of Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother defenders in here, I’m not here to debate the new crop of shows, I’m just here to show you what it’s like when you cram laugh tracks in to shows (and movies) that shouldn’t have it, and take it away from shows that need it. Observe:

The Wire

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDIi0dzmvpE

ER

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmI9lO9JmaI

To Catch a Predator

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGNzDfelpR0

The Shining

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a0AaQF15rc&feature=related

Silence of the Lambs

Taxi Driver

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl5JNj2XW0A&feature=related

Pulp Fiction

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92TOeY7J_kQ&feature=related
The Empire Strikes Back

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7-DFfrLwLs

Dark Knight

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdl04Zx8bK0&feature=related

Alright, I got tired of doing shows ADDING laugh tracks, so now here a few examples of shows with the laugh tracks cut OUT.

Full House

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF-jO-ItahQ

Friends

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIKWWxTqA9o&feature=related

The Big Bang Theory

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_iEY9pSHT0