The other day I came across an article that suggested the workplace sitcom is currently experiencing a slow and painful death. I had not realized this but workplace sitcoms have started to disappear from major networks. The article highlighted the workplace sitcom Broklynn Nine-Nine and how the show continues to fail in terms of receiving a significant amount of viewers.
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When I think of popular workplace sitcoms usually the first shows that come to my mind are Parks & Rec and The Office. For me, I enjoyed both of these shows and I thought they were successful. I watched them while they were on cable and again on Netflix. However, I cannot currently think of a sitcom that is on a major network that I am watching. I will admit, I have never seen Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I do not really have a desire to watch it.
However, I’m not so sure if I agree with the article. As new ideas for shows are continually generated for sitcoms, I don’t think we can throw out the idea of a successful workplace sitcom. I agree that there might be a decline in the popularity of them right now or just a decline in the amount of workplace sitcoms. However I just don’t think that is enough justification to classify the workplace sitcom as dying.
I feel like workplace sitcoms have been around just as long as family sitcoms so there is not reason for them to start dying off. Shows like Cheers! and The Mary Tyler Moore Show were very successful in the past and shows like The Office and Parks & Rec were recently successful. Shows come and go all the time so I feel like there will continue to be successful workplace sitcoms on television.
Regardless of the state of workplace sitcoms, I’m interested in seeing what the future holds for these types of sitcoms. I feel like in the future we will see more workplace sitcoms whether it be on a cable network or a streaming service like Netflix. I just don’t think it is fair to count them out yet.