sit·​com | \ ˈsit-ˌkäm How to pronounce sitcom (audio) \
plural sitcoms

Definition of sitcom

: a television series that involves a continuing cast of characters in a succession of comedic circumstances : situation comedy … lame, formulaic sitcoms driven by an overinsistent laugh track.— Ted Cox Like many classic sitcoms, this show is episodic, so feel free to dive in anywhere you want.— Greg Morabito Didn't some guy named Jerry play himself on an NBC sitcom called Seinfeld?— Benjamin Svetkey

Examples of sitcom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Max Rosenthal, the father of Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and a guest on the hit sitcom, has died. Janine Puhak,, 28 June 2021 Rutherford Falls is a heartfelt sitcom that explores the need to preserve cultural history, and Reservation Dogs is a slice-of-life series that follows four Native kids in Oklahoma who commit crimes and solve them. Devery Jacobs,, 21 June 2021 The 59-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Gunther -- the Central Perk manager and Rachel's admirer -- on the hit '90s sitcom for 10 seasons, discussed his diagnosis during an appearance on NBC's Today Show Monday. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, 21 June 2021 This wasn't the only '90s sitcom to ignore diversity. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 On Friday, August 13, Netflix dropped the first four episodes of season seven of the hit sitcom and announced that more are on the way. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 13 Aug. 2021 Brooklyn Nine-Nine embraces a classic tenet of the TV sitcom — the season-ending cliffhanger — and one of its biggest came at the end of season two. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 The Cast Collection will roll out over the course of nine months, with three different drops featuring apparel from all 10 seasons of the NBC sitcom. Hanna Flanagan,, 2 Aug. 2021 An exploration into how the sitcom can simultaneously be an escape and a mirror of the American mind. Anying Guo, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sitcom

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sitcom

situation comedy

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“Sitcom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sitcom

: a show that is on television regularly and that is about a group of characters who are involved in different funny situations

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