situation comedy

noun

Definition of situation comedy

: a radio or television comedy series that involves a continuing cast of characters in a succession of episodes

Examples of situation comedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the format — a situation comedy complete with laugh track — felt like a throwback. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 The series, which premiered on TV Land in 2015, was that network’s first single-camera situation comedy and is its last surviving original production. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Lies and their fallout are of course at the very core of situation comedy. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Lucille Ball and real-life husband Desi Arnaz pioneered the situation comedy with this ‘50s story of domestic life. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 The ensemble situation comedy was reviled by TV critics and aired only from 1964 to 1967. Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2020 Comedy is hard, and broadcast TV comedy is even harder — yet seven seasons in, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still the most consistently funny situation comedy around. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 1 July 2020 The situation comedy ‘‘Seinfeld’’ began airing as a regular series on NBC. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2020 While audiences have been conditioned to all types of tinkering with time and geography in classical theater, situation comedy imposes on practitioners a particular level of discipline, with plotting, timing and dialogue. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of situation comedy

1932, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2021

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“Situation comedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/situation%20comedy. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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