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    Narniagirl7

    [1]Sep 15, 2012
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    Personally, I'm not bothered by it. I think it's funny to hear the same laughs used over and over. It adds to the story lines nicely in my opinion.


    thoughts?

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    archangelwho

    [2]Sep 28, 2012
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    No, to be honest I tune out the on air laugh live or can. For some reason I'm able to tell if something is funny to me without the help and know when to and when not tolaugh.

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    ChipsTheButler

    [3]Sep 30, 2012
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    Oh please, you need someone around to remind you how to walk properly.
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    QuiJinn

    [4]Sep 30, 2012
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    Not at all. Although I am kind of over the entire laugh track phase, some shows like Community and Happy Endings are pretty great without them. Although the Big Bang Theory and HIMYM fit it quite well...my own blog:http://tvtimeforall.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Tatl33

    [5]Oct 3, 2012
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    I hate the laughs. They ruin the show.
    I don't want someone to dumb down what is happening for me, I certainly want to be able to hear what is happening and if the goal of acting is to make it believable; well, how are we supposed to believe a TV show when there is a laughing track when someone says something? Are we supposed to believe a creepy old man is spying on our favorite characters, making that ridiculous laughing horror whenever someone says something funny from god knows where?
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    jake-sf

    [6]Oct 24, 2012
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    Uh... are you serious? That it would not bother someone is quite.. impressive. Let me put it this way: Where we live, when a show has recorded laugh slapped over every bad places that nobody actually finds funny anyway, we always just laugh at how pathetic these shows are. They really are always bad, no exception. Its classic trash.

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    lillinda

    [7]Oct 25, 2012
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    I like these laughs. Not that I need them to be animated to laugh. But for me it is, due to tradition, part of most of those comedy shows.

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    sduvoisin

    [8]Nov 12, 2012
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    It doesn't bother me.

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    Zwingli4

    [9]Nov 15, 2012
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    We should all get torches and pitchforks and drive the laughtrack back into the filthy black pit where it was spawned in.

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    sduvoisin

    [10]Nov 16, 2012
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    Zwingli4 wrote:

    We should all get torches and pitchforks and drive the laughtrack back into the filthy black pit where it was spawned in.



    Wow that's intense.
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    LucasOliveira

    [11]Nov 28, 2012
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    Not even a little bit. To be honest, I don't pay enough attention to audience's laughter at all. If I was watching a sitcom where recorded laughter was being used, it would take me about a whole season to notice that.

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    Yaspaa

    [12]Dec 2, 2012
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    The laugh track is part of the experience, it's a stage show and it adds to the ambiance. The shows wouldn't work with out it. You can often see the actors waiting for the laughter to stop to say the next line, it's part and parcel. Plus, what laugh track are we talking about? Canned, or studio audience? because there quite a big difference. Saying every show with a laugh track is bad is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
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    treetop2

    [13]Dec 12, 2012
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    I don't really mind it because usually I am laughing with them,



    and it makes me feel less alone.

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    matthewgiven3

    [14]Jan 3, 2013
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    Tatl33 wrote:
    I hate the laughs. They ruin the show. I don't want someone to dumb down what is happening for me, I certainly want to be able to hear what is happening and if the goal of acting is to make it believable; well, how are we supposed to believe a TV show when there is a laughing track when someone says something? Are we supposed to believe a creepy old man is spying on our favorite characters, making that ridiculous laughing horror whenever someone says something funny from god knows where?

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    Ruddiger

    [15]Jan 7, 2013
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    The laugh track is a bizarre TV tradition which makes little sense and, if you become really aware of it during a show, is quite distracting. However, having said that, I think it is a generational thing. Early TV shows were ports of radio shows that were essentially live audio feeds of a show in a theater. When people moved to TV, everyone was just used to the laughing sound after every joke, so they kept it in. It's like having the play-by-play guy at a sporting event - why do I need a guy to tell me what I just saw? Well, because if there was silence, it would just feel weird. I think that's the way many of us feel who grew up with the laugh track. It feels weird to have silence after a joke. Although I am starting to get used to it, with many of the shows now like The Office or Parks and Rec that don't use it.

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    F22_King_Raptor

    [16]Jan 17, 2013
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    A little bit. I can't really explain why.
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    MrNintendo

    [17]Jan 19, 2013
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    Yes, it makes me feel like I'm obligated to laugh, when something's not funny.

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    Grumpyclown

    [18]Mar 1, 2013
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    Dont care - as long as i find a show funny, i;ll watch
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    Dunking_dove

    [19]Mar 17, 2013
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    With a show like Red Dwarf. Yes it has to have a laugh track or even better live laugh or prerecorded laugh. To me it adds to the humor. Especially the prerecorded laugh. Some of those are just as funny to listen and laugh to then the canned laughter. Those who watch the show would understand.

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    kahlilburkens

    [20]Mar 18, 2013
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    Well for me it doesn't matter, I mean it'll be more effected if done naturally I mean all laughs.
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