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

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The party takes its name from the popular television sitcom in which Zelenskiy played a high school teacher propelled into the presidency. Washington Post, "Ukraine’s new parliament approves top Cabinet officials," 1 Sep. 2019 The sitcom concept behind this series answers a simple question no-one had thought of: What if there was a company responsible for cleaning up after all the superhero battles in the Marvel Universe? Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "80 Comics to Read For Marvel's 80th Anniversary," 31 Aug. 2019 Even for someone who grew up on soft-lit eighties sitcoms, there’s almost nothing edgy about the show, the occasional frictions of multicultural Toronto notwithstanding. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "“Kim’s Convenience,” the Genial Canadian Sitcom That Feels Like Watching Another Time Line," 28 Aug. 2019 The human presence may have elements of an Aussie sitcom, but the landscape is among the eeriest in the outback. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The hugely popular sitcom Friends ran for 236 episodes from September 1994 to May 2004. Robyn Pennacchia, Quartzy, "Why “Friends” is still so popular," 18 Aug. 2019 The cutesy strains of a sitcom-suitable score are not encouraging. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Where'd You Go, Bernadette': Film Review," 15 Aug. 2019 Yet the family still struggles with classic, trivial sitcom problems. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 In anxious-father mode, Gyllenhaal does his best with sitcom-level material about choosing baby names and how expectant dads become frenzied with the desire to be helpful. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On Broadway, a Stagy Kind of Mourning," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sitcom

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sitcom

situation comedy

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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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