For many people, television provides a perfect escape from the real world. You can sit down on your couch, pull up a laptop, and relate to someone else for a little while. From thanking the universe that you don’t work under Michael Scott, to smiling widely while Danerys kicks major tookus, television is one of the best ways to relieve yourself of the mundanity of daily life.
To me (and to a lot of other people), I find that shows that tend to be more comedic make me more relaxed. It feels so cathartic to laugh for a little while and feel a touch of schadenfreude when doing so. But sometimes, these shows just aren’t funny. My father is a huge fan of MAS*H, and my mother really likes Cheers! , but I personally prefer to watch New Girl or The Office. So what’s the difference between these “classic” sitcoms? Although there is definitely a recipe for a “good” sitcom, the ingredients have often changed.
I think that a good sitcom includes the following: romantic conflict, relatable characters, one-dimensional characters, and a continuous plot line. I also think that a good sitcom should have something a little denser about it–some underlying theme that makes you think for a little bit.
My research to find the answer to this question will consist of reading articles, surveying a few different people, and watching clips of the TV shows to find commonalities.