Top 10 Most Stereotypical Traits of a TV SitcomThis is not meant to be offensive, this is to poke fun at sitcoms. Here are the traits a stereotypical TV sitcom would have.
Want the characters to say something funny or do something stupid, then I'm sorry, laugh track required, "you're in a limited trial before you go to pro". This trait has lasted for decades and decades on TV (dating back to prime-time radio) and will never end. It has gotten annoying and out-of-hand. This "laugh track" thing can even be faked, and was even used in cartoons back in the day. It's so weird...
Laugh tracks can get very annoying, especially if it's used every few seconds, and in my opinion it can even ruin a genuinely funny joke. Also most of the time it's used, it feels unnecessary. It would be nice to see more sitcoms where a laugh track isn't used as much or at all.
They use it as a psychological trick and a technique to inform the viewer that a joke is funny. Otherwise yeah it seems very unnecessary at most times.
Those darn laugh tracks are the reason why I hate Friends and love Scrubs.
Similar to running gags I think the expectation is that people will watch enough episodes that the familiarity alone makes people watch the show.
Holy smokes, bazinga, fantastic, you stupid boy, did I do that, Scotty Ms. Cleaver? (try to guess these British/American TV shows) Well, just you know, media that's TV, movies, comics, and more types of media have catchphrases, especially TV. It was very common for TV sitcoms and even science-fiction shows to have catchphrases back then. I think that catchphrases have declined a bit now because a lot of classic catchphrases are still remembered than those today.
Yes, a housewife. A woman who stays at home to take care of her children, family's needs, and keep the house tidy and clean. This has been a long-trait of TV sitcoms for years and years including I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Leave It To Beaver, All in the Family, until it completely declined in the 1990s, as second-wave feminism has accomplished and has become common for women to join the workforce. However, animated sitcoms still have that trait thanks to these Family Guy and Simpsons rip-offs.
Always in a sitcom, you can see the cast wearing these type of clothes everyday with no bite marks, rip marks, or even any sauce on it. Everyone looks very nice even if they are at home, and that they even always wear shoes. The house also looks "perfect" as well.
This is the one item that I can disagree with. I mean, it's a sitcom and a live action show, you at least need to look presentable. But that's just me, I guess.
No one would do this everyday, but sitcoms would do. Doesn't matter if it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there will always be food set-up for you. Who even sets out an entire set for breakfast, when they should just get some food out and get ready for work, school, and whatever on their schedule.
Sometimes at sitcoms, you see a couple chatting in bed in the middle of the night, with these night suits on. I mean, it's OK to not wear anything to bed because it's healthy for you, but TV censorship people, sorry... And to add this, there are people "making love" without any embarrassing unexpected thing happening or anything dirty.
Sometimes, a TV sitcom would have that episode or a few (could be even more like The Simpsons would do) where two really best friends or a loving couple have a fight over "some big issue" and guess what... they come back in a happy ending! This is just done as a cheap way to surprise the audience and answer their minds. I don't remember seeing a TV episode where characters break up after an angry fight and never come back together, but that seems pretty rare to me.
That 70s Show? Yes. The Big Bang Theory? Uh-huh. Jessie? Of course! I just hate how some people are told to play characters with offensive stereotypes, it's just unrealistic. There are also these stereotypes called dumb blondes, the lazy old man, the idiot brother, and a lot more to come.
Fun Fact: Karan Brarr has no accent. He learned to use one for shows. For comic relief, in some cases. For stereotypes. It's messed up.
Let's say, Marge Simpson for example... she tried doing several jobs for business or entertainment, but then just returns to the "housewife" role. I just don't get how The Simpsons get crazy life experiences like going to space but are just seen as a normal family for the rest of the series, shouldn't they be like one-time celebrities who just get a new job then go back to original job and it repeats all over and over again, like I don't know...
Would Trish from Austin & Ally count, since she gets hired (and fired) from a bunch of jobs while still being Austin and Ally's manager?
It seems like these today sitcoms started back into the late 80s-ish, and has improved with the idiotic-but-loving father like Peter Griffin or Homer Simpson, and to add it up, while the woman could save the day. This may not be an exactly true formula tho, but just an example. So yeah, this is taking it too far...
It could be temporary, like one episode. Or it could be long-term, where the person the character has a crush on returns every few episodes (then it becomes an arc). The protagonist grows out-of-character and only focuses on the person they love. If it's a kid or teenager, it's always going to be in school. And if it's an adult, it might be in some fancy restaurant or at work (but settings may vary). I never like these types of episodes because you know there's going to be a downer ending. The character gets dumped and ends up feeling bad or the character learns that the person they love did something bad, is no match for them, or circumstances prevent the relationship from happening (the person they love has a strict family, they fall for someone else, etc.). The main character now feels like a dateless loser, but at least the character "learned" something.
This trope died in the early 2000s but common in the 80s and 90s, it's where the wife has to go to work and she hands the baby to the husband. He has to hold the fort down until his mistress comes home. Guess what? He doesn't know what to do, it's hilarious! The oldest children are fighting over the TV, he has to settle that, the baby starts crying, he has no idea what is wrong, and then, we get the infamous, "diapers are disgusting" scene where dad has to change the baby's diaper and it's horrifying to him! He gets sick and disgusted, he's vomiting and suffering throughout the whole process. While it's funny, it's offensive. Thankfully, it's dead now because we live in a society where gender doesn't matter, like women can work, likewise, men can cook, housekeep, and raise children.
I am so surprised this wasn't here yet! This is an annoying trope. How often do you see couples like this in real life? That are married with kids? Almost never! Most couples I know look the same age! Why do they cast model-like women as women who have (supposodely) had 4 kids and then cast actual men in their 40s to play their husbands? The implications are sexist double standards.
With the exception of Liv and Maddie, I can't think of a TV dad who isn't lazy. It's quite sad.
For real, how many "constantly bickering" siblings do you actually know? My siblings and I may bicker, but we are still a team! A trio! Les amis! Freunde! Amigos! FRIENDS! There aren't enough positive sibling relationships in media.