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 Meanwhile, a drama reboot of the NBC sitcom is also in the works, announced Tuesday. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "After decades of feuding, Will Smith is all smiles with 'Fresh Prince' co-star Janet Hubert," 12 Sep. 2020 After the cancellation of the Cho sitcom, there was a dry spell of television and movies starring Asian-Americans. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "‘Mulan’ 1998: A Moment of Joy and Anxiety for Asian-American Viewers," 4 Sep. 2020 So how did Ray Ramano, the star of the Emmy-winning sitcom and an executive producer of the series, get his material for the show? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Unknown True Story About the 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Characters," 4 Sep. 2020 Will Smith, who broke through as the star of the '90s sitcom, is producing a grittier dramatic remake of the series inspired by a fan trailer made by Morgan Cooper last year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Is Getting a Dramatic Reboot," 12 Aug. 2020 Each glass features an illustration of one of your favorite women alongside a memorable quote from the beloved NBC sitcom. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "These ‘Golden Girls’ Wine Glasses Will Have You Partying Like You’re in St. Olaf," 2 Aug. 2020 Trump’s answer was a diversion straight out of a ’70s sitcom, one he's used before. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "This must-watch 'Axios on HBO' interview with Trump picks up where Chris Wallace left off," 31 July 2020 Netflix announced the reboot of the classic ’90s sitcom will not be returning after its fifth and final season. Glamour, "Canceled TV Shows 2020: The Full List," 9 July 2020 The beloved sitcom, which originally aired from 1994 to 1999, starred Tamera Mowry-Housley and Tia Mowry-Hardrict as twin sisters Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell. Aurelie Corinthios,, "All 6 Seasons of Sister, Sister Are Now Streaming on Netflix," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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“Sitcom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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