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Sitcom Disaster

“Stacked,” “What I like about you,” “Twins,” “Related.” Does anyone else see a pattern here? It seems like these days you can’t even turn the television on without seeing a preview for a new sitcom, but in reality they are not new at all, they are the same as all of the other sitcoms on the air. What happened to the good old day’s way back when TV shows had a point, where each one was different from the other?

In the world of television today however, one would think that all of these sitcoms were written and directed by the same person. They all follow the same storyline and have that same cheesy kind of humor that is so exhausted. I miss “Happy Days” and “I Love Lucy.” Back when a new TV show was not something that occurred twice a week. Back when it took a lot of thought and hard work for a creator’s idea to get accepted into the world of television, whereas now any show starring a decent looking male or female gets put on the air.

Rarely there are a few good sitcoms in the batch of what seems like a trillion. Look at “Friends” or “Everybody Loves Raymond.” These sitcoms reached the top of the ratings chart. So what made them so different than all of the other sitcoms? Was it good acting or good writing? It was both, they were just good overall. They had fresh comedy and a unique storyline.

“Friends” is a universal show used as the basis of comparison when it comes to sitcoms. Every new TV show gets compared to it. This makes all of the new sitcoms considered “wannabe Friends.” The producers of these latest sitcoms try to trick viewers into watching their show by placing them on the air after a well known and respected show. That way, when the viewer finishes watching this accomplished show they will see a glimpse of the new sitcom and continue watching it.

For example, “Stacked,” starring Pamela Anderson came on directly after “American Idol.” “Related” is another representation, it comes on after “One Tree Hill.” Everyone says history repeats itself, so maybe one day television will go back to the way it was when people could differentiate between shows.

It’s understandable that a network will accept a bad show every once in a while, but to accept any new idea that is suggested is like gambling. Networks should start searching for quality not quantity.

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