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Mon, Jul 13, 2020 4:57 PM

Live Poll: Favorite Laugh Track Sitcom

Which among these is your favorite laugh track sitcom?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls099598422/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/pa7KeEaG2VY/

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Poll Suggestion: Which among these do you think is the Best Sitcom of All Time?
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-which-among-these-do-you-think-is-the-best-s...
  
Which among these do you think is the Best Sitcom of All Time?
Link:https://www.imdb.com/list/ls099598422/
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Add ? ?
  
Cheers (1982-1993)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083399/reference
The regulars of the Boston bar "Cheers"
share their experiences and lives with each other
while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name
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Hey ACT,

I deleted that previous account of mine and I'm the same author.
Cheers(1982-1993) does not come under the required criteria.

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Sitcoms that have at least 25,000 votes and an IMDb rating of at least 8.0 are considered.
  
Cheers (1982–1993)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083399/ratings
User Ratings
46,322 IMDb users have given a weighted average vote of 7.8 / 10
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Missed it by .2 !?
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Many great Sitcoms have missed out by the slightest margins.
 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air missed it by  .1!

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Hmmmm! Fawlty Towers - M.A.S.H. - Big Bang Theory - Frasier - hopefully I will have made a decision before the poll goes live!

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My vote goes to my #1 favorite of all time, Mr. Bean (1990–1995).

My #2 favorite of all time is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996). Unfortunately, it does not meet your poll criteria. 

#3Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah (2008-) - This does not meet your poll criteria either :(
#4The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

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Seinfeld. No sentimental, wishy-washy will-they-won't-they there.

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It's hard to judge long-running sitcoms that virtually become elements in one's sense of community against short ones - like Fawlty Towers or any Blackadder season -  that shine brilliantly, albeit briefly, upon our screens.

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Bump!

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Bump! 

It must have at least 20 characters.

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I am really torn between "Mr. Bean" and "M*A*S*H" here, equal favorites for very different reasons. 

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List a is a total mess.

 

Yes, Minister. 

 

My vote.

 

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Thanks for the suggestion but it doesn't come under the required criteria, and the list is OK :)

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To put it simply. Yes Minister is the best sitcom of all time. Everthing you must know about social life (along with House of Cards - not sitcom) is basically still there today.

 

Your mixing rubbish american comedy with legendary must see and REALLY sitcoms. 

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Hey mfsdc,

 

Polls are not based on our personal opinion, just because you think that Yes Minister(appreciate your love towards it) is the best sitcom of all time for you I can't just add it to the list(it must come under the required criteria else it will be considered as my favorites).

 

For some those "rubbish" American comedy must really be their favorite and those "legendary must see" sitcoms might be their rubbish one's so can't REALLY decide.

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Like I said mate, I understand why Friends or BBT is there. What I do not get it is why Yes, Minister didn't match the criteria.

What is exactly the criteria? 

Did you just look for top rated comedy TV series in IMDB?

If so you could change the name of the poll to that.

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Added, thanks for your suggestion.

cinephile

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There are no such things as "Best Sitcom of All Time". They are all bad, especially when they feature laugh tracks.

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Mr. Bean is an exception

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Cinephile, there are plenty of exceptions. 

 

Firstly, all of the UK sitcoms are in the league of their own. Oftentimes they have way more sophisticated and/or abstract humor (although still, canned laughter is often utilized, as well). They often operate on a very different level than most of the world in that genre, for some reason. 

 

Secondly, what I consider was the best period for American sitcoms, 1970's to early 1990's has some gold and/or magic about it. "M*A*S*H" in particular still holds up exceptionally great and was very much pioneering in creating a modern dramedy, despite still being a sitcom most of the time (it had quite a journey, but seriously, it's all there even in the pilot - watch that scene and tell me it doesn't have some sincere humane qualities, great acting and mood whiplash). I honestly consider it a much better overall thing than a feature film. Others like "Night Court", "Cheers", "Taxi", even "ALF" (it's actually a testament that it's still a feel good show with genuine chemistry between characters despite production history practically consists of scrutiny and misery) have two great things at a core: surprisingly great acting (most of the actors from these shows went to become either A-listers or good character actors) and inspiring, friendly, somewhat melancholic atmosphere.  Heck, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" has some surprisingly well-handled dramatic moments which you can't just shrug off. Sometimes I dig up random episodes of things like "Doctor Doctor" just out of curiosity and I'm often blown away at how interesting and well-acted they are compared to modern era of sitcoms. It's hard to tell when things started to go awry, but in my humble opinion things like "The Big Band Theory" are very different and really, really subpar when compared to those old classics. I'm not saying that actors are worse or anything, my problem is usually with the creative and directorial approach. You can find moral tales in most modern sitcoms, but people eventually become so tired with those mid-2010's that the classic "retro" format started to resurface. "Young Sheldon", "The Goldbergs" both depict and recreate the time when sitcoms were at their heyday to try and find that endearing quality about them.  

 

And... I'm saying that as one of the biggest fans of "Mr. Bean" (1990-1995) to ever walk on Earth. :) It's sitcom affiliation is mainly because you can't quite put it anywhere else, otherwise it's a pretty unique approach to comedy in general, that has more similarities with silent comedy than it has with, for example, "Friends"

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From a very objective standpoint of what series have almost always been among those considered on lists by critics', audiences, and historians, alike, shows like "All in the Family" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" don't meet the criteria because they don't have enough votes. The problem with this is that the older the show, the more of a disadvantage they have in votes, not because they're not well known or widely seen, but simply that they originally aired long before IMDb was around and, generally, IMDb gets more traffic every year and people tend to vote for things that they have just seen for the first time. This is just one problem with lists with titles such as "Best ______ of All Time." Such sweeping titles are almost impossible for one person to live up to in an IMDb poll and it's why such lists often never go live.

 

Instead of scrapping the whole list, you could lower the number of votes of the inclusion criteria but there are still difficulties with that. You could narrow the years and do two different lists (something like "Up Until 1995" and "1995 - 2020") which also has the added benefit of keeping the poll viable past 2020. To be most reflective of the list, changing the title comes closest to doing the trick while keeping everything else in tact. A title like "Highest Rated Sitcoms" (although IMDb has their own way of determining what's actually highest-rated, which is reflected on their Top 250 lists, so a list different than theirs might be seen as a little problematic) or "Some of the Best Sitcoms of All Time"  would be more workable. 

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I agree with you the older shows have fewer votes, so maybe I'll do one with laugh tracks and one without it?

What do you say?

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Oh, that would be interesting. 'Good idea. : )

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Okay, I'll get ready both the list by this weekend.

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Young Sheldon doesn't have a laugh track.

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Removed it. 

 

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Add "SARABHAI VS SARABHAI": 8.9/10, 14,000 votes, has a laugh track and ranks 5th in Best 2000's sitcom poll. Also, a little diversity doesn't hurt!

 

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Thought I added it, my bad. Thanks, Aman.

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I just wanted to inform you that I have posted a very similar poll yesterday 

https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdb-poll/highestrated-laugh-track-sitcom/5f58381c917fbb3c6a18dd87

 

 

I'm still trying to figure out what is the opinion of the "poll admins" on the situation.

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Yeah, let the poll admins decide. 

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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/pa7KeEaG2VY/

 

Congratulations Cyril

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Thanks, Pencho.