10 Misuses of the Laugh Track


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




To Catch a Predator


The Shining


Silence of the Lambs

Taxi Driver


Pulp Fiction

The Empire Strikes Back


Dark Knight


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




The Big Bang Theory



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