Recently, I came across an article that suggested television is lacking any fun sitcoms. The article describes how the amount of light and funny sitcoms had dramatically dwindled. This got me thinking about whether or not this claim was true. Have we stopped creating funny sitcoms?
The author of the article, Dan Nosowitz, felt his problem was that when he came home late at night there were no funny TV shows that he could drunk eat buffalo chicken pizza to. Nosowitz suggested that sitcoms like BoJack Horseman and Orange is the New Black are not fun to watch because they actually tackle real issues like depression and the prison system.
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Nosowitz goes on to explain that sitcoms do not feel the need to focus on joke-telling at all. He suggested that sitcoms are transitioning to dramadies and that he is not a fan. He felts that comedies should be light and offer a sense of escapism for the viewer.
After thinking about the state of sitcoms, I disagree with Nosowitz. Plenty of light and funny sitcoms exist. I think there is a wide variety of different sitcoms that exist and that is what makes sitcoms so great. Instead of sitcoms being focused on jokes we have sitcoms that have the capability to tackle real issues that real people face. I think it is a great thing that sitcom writers do this. I also think the dramedy genre has been a strong point for sitcoms. Sitcoms are no longer tethered to some expectation of having to be funny all the time.
So what are these fun sitcoms? Well to name a few: Modern Family, Broad City, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fresh Off the Boat, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Black-ish, and The Goldbergs.
I think if you take the time to look, you will find plenty of comedies that will offer some escapism for you. You will also find plenty of sitcoms that will offer something different for you. I think that is what makes sitcoms so great, the variety!