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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The crawl – themed to the famed sitcom – is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Willoughby bars and restaurants, with about 30 minutes set aside in each place before teams move on. Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2022 This connection is driven home by a few horrifying if discreetly framed flashbacks to an old ’90s family sitcom whose chimpanzee star, Gordy, would appear to have been at least partially inspired by a real-life simian celebrity named Travis. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The book features Easter eggs referring back to the 1980s sitcom. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 The teaser is a recreation of the sitcom’s opening credits, along with a colorful twist at the end. William Earl, Variety, 8 June 2022 In a scene old school fans will immediately recognize, the teaser kicks off by recreating the sitcom’s opening credits. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 8 June 2022 And a few, like the sitcom/tragedy mash-up of WandaVision or the squishy horror-movie stylings of Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, have even managed to feel tonally different from the rest of the MCU, at least part of the time. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2022 The title is a blatant reference to the CBS sitcom which Hayes was killed off. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 May 2022 Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are paying tribute to the iconic '90s sitcom that catapulted them both to stardom. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


situation comedy

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sitcom was in 1956

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“Sitcom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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sit·​com ˈsit-ˌkäm How to pronounce sitcom (audio)

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