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#2
I like getting the jokes on my own, but two and a half men is funny stuff.
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#3
yeah. that stuff is used for jokes that arent exactly funny but just make u smirk. when everyone is laughing around you (or even on a tv) it makes you want to laugh more. kind of like a kid laughing at adult joke he doesnt understand lol
#4
yep i've always thought that.
two and a half men is some funny stuff..but i much prefer them when they don't have stupid laughter as if telling you when to laugh..like malcom in the middle
#5
I don't mind the crowd laughter but many shows overuse it especially on parts that are not funny like if a character walks through the door and says hi and the crowd laugh.
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#6
crowd laughter sucks, sometimes you hear on guy/woman totally go crazy like: HWHAHAhahahauuyuydrijnd oyhdrsl]]sd. fuckin annoying, worst of all is that 70s show i think its bad comedy with bad jokes and standard typical things you already know whats gonna happen and still the whole audience goes crazy its lame.
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i like how scrubs dose it
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#8
The laughing thing doesn't still happen does it?

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#9
Only show that could ever pull off a laugh track was That '70s Show.
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#10
Without, canned laughter or laughter from a real audience just ruins it for me. They may as well just have a banner that comes up saying 'Laugh now so you can feel like one of the many mindless sheep who found this lame joke funny' everytime there's a joke.
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#11
Both are alright. The shows I watch with laughter in it were usually shot in front of an audience - ie Seinfeld, Frasier, etc.
#12
All worth it for the fat guy who came to Friends shoots in the first few episodes
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#13
I think it shows that the joke(s) isn't/aren't good if you need to be shown when to laugh
#15
You mean "canned laughter" :P

I personally can't stand it, whether from a studio audience, or added in afterwards. I can tolerate it in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
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#17
Without. Shows that have laughter in it means it's unfunny (well most of 'em anyways) and they have laughter to indicate when you should laugh. Whilst shows without laughter don't tell you when to laugh...

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#18
The quality of the programme is most important.
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#21
I prefer without. Sometimes it just gets really annoying when they use it after EVERY FREAKING LINE! Thank God for Simpsons, Scrubs etc.
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#23
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Only show that could ever pull off a laugh track was That '70s Show.


This, and probably Seinfeld to a lesser degree.
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I care about the comedy, the laughter doesn't bother me at all
#26
I thought it was funny you pointed out the shows you did, the Office and Scrubs are probably my favorite sitcoms, Two and a Half Men probably my least favorite. Generally I would prefer not to be told what is funny and what is not, but it doesn't matter that much to me
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#28
It points out where you should laugh, so it makes it funnier. But I prefer without, which sometimes makes shows dull and awkward, but it makes you think more about the joke.

Don't get me STARTED on Disney Channel's use of laugtracks...
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#29
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The quality of the programme is most important.
I direct your attention to Fawlty Towers.


any series of Blackadder, too.
#30
I don't mind studio audiences but it gets very annoying sometimes. Like watch The Big Bang Theory. It's a really funny show, but the audience laughs at every. single. line. It's so obnoxious.
#32
Totally depends on the series. I like shows that both have, and do not have, canned laughter.


But in some cases it actually works better with. The few recent episodes of Red Dwarf come to mind. They took out the laughter track, and it just wasn't the same as the old show.

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I don't mind studio audiences but it gets very annoying sometimes. Like watch The Big Bang Theory. It's a really funny show, but the audience laughs at every. single. line. It's so obnoxious.
Have to agree on this. I love TBBT, and it works with a laughter track, but it doesn't need to be so frequent. Normal conversation does not warrant laughter, damn it.

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#33
Meh, if it works for the show, it works for the show. Scrubs and Friends are both two of my favorite tv series. Each one has their own thing going on that works for them. As long as no show overdoes it, I don't really mind it either way.
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#35
Depends on the show.

The Red Dwarf renewal bombed partly because they took it out, as far as im concerned anyway .
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#36
I hate canned laughter. 3 1/2 men is the worst. Insults your intelligence, like you have to be told if something is funny. I honestly can't watch it unless the sound is off and subtitles on, (the way I watch most things...because i'm playin guitar) even though I like the show. That's part of the reason I like family guy etc.
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#38
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But in some cases it actually works better with. The few recent episodes of Red Dwarf come to mind. They took out the laughter track, and it just wasn't the same as the old show.

This is exactly what I was going to say. At one point I would've said without was better, but after the Red Dwarf specials I've changed my mind.
#39
I don't remember Seinfeld having laugher behind
anyway i prefer without, it's so ridiculous when you hear some old guy laughing super loud to a lame and predictible joke.
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#40
I like live audiences, as you can hear how funny it was. Canned laughter however just has the same laughter, so a quick remark gets a huge amount of laughter and it kills the flow of it I think.

Only Fools and Horses etc use it tastefully I find.
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