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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For instance, the network has shelled out big bucks to snare Bill Cosby for a new sitcom in the fall.
▪ Several family-oriented sitcoms are on in the early evening.
▪ The popular British sitcom "One Foot in the Grave" will finish this year.
▪ After all, this was only a sitcom.
▪ But in material terms life on a I960s sitcom closely mirrors life on a I990s sitcom.
▪ Certainly, as the Happy Days generation try to escape sitcom suburbia, their films are getting worse.
▪ Doing a sitcom was something I was never going to do.
▪ Paula Poundstone will have her own Fox sitcom in the fall of 1998.
▪ Reynolds said he was expecting episodes of his Evening Shade sitcom to sell for at least $ 800, 000 in syndication.
▪ Stuck On You, though, proved the most promising bet so far, in this procession of eight sitcom try-outs.
▪ What prevents Moodysson's commune from being simply a sitcom is the warmth and sympathy with which everyone is conceived.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1959, from the first elements of situation comedy, a phrase attested from 1953 of television shows, 1943 of radio programs; see situation.\nEven Bing Crosby has succumbed to series TV and will appear in a sitcom as an electrical engineer who happens to break into song once a week.

["Life," Sept. 18, 1964]


Etymology 1 n. A situation comedy: an episodic comedy television program with a plot or storyline based around a particular humorous situation. Etymology 2

alt. (acronym of single income, two children, oppressive/outrageous mortgage English) n. (acronym of single income, two children, oppressive/outrageous mortgage English)


n. a situation comedy

Sitcom (film)

Sitcom is a 1998 French surrealistic satire film written and directed by François Ozon. The story documents the moral decline of a once esteemed suburban family, whose descent into degeneracy begins with the purchase of a small white rat.

The film's name is a direct reference to American sitcoms, which are noted for their focus on traditional family values and whimsical humour.


A situation comedy, or sitcom, is a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home or workplace, with often-humorous dialogue. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

A situation comedy television program may be recorded in front of a studio audience, depending on the program's production format. The effect of a live studio audience can be imitated or enhanced by the use of a laugh track.

Usage examples of "sitcom".

For example, the relatively plotless part 1 presents itself as a hyperintelligent TV sitcom, complete with brainy children, zany friends, and banal conflicts.

Farrow rode up to the third floor, where patrons were already lining up for the ten-thirty show featuring sitcom star Mike Minner and the usual accompaniment of barely clad show girls.

Now, as the sitcom inside continued, agents in the lot outside were getting angry.

I oughta just throw over the whole sitcom package, ditch the world of Recycled Hijinks Ensue and go back to New York, back to doing standup, back to being my own corpse.

Maybe I oughta just throw over the whole sitcom package, ditch the world of Recycled Hijinks Ensue and go back to New York, back to doing standup, back to being my own corpse.

What I heard from the creative side was that a number of first-rate writer-producers would be interested in working with me on a new sitcom.

CBS was hosting that night at the Bonaventure to promote its new midseason sitcom.

It was beautifully staged, with plenty of action, but like the sitcoms, laid in one of those never-never historical settings.

It was what was going on at the time and what still goes on: someone spots a terrific stand-up comic who could become a comedic actor and they want to plug him into a sitcom.

I imagine I thought it was going to be like one of those sitcom depictions of suburbia, with all the identical front doors opening at precisely the same time, and identically dressed men marching down the street together, clutching identical briefcases, brollies and newspapers.

York walked to the TV, where the canned laughter was still rattling from the inane sitcom.

Next thing you know, we'd have sitcom stars and character actors and the soaps banging on the door.

This is nothing but a group of recognizable characters from a popular sitcom plunked down in Disney World discussing the reputed inefficiencies of our Quality Control department!

And for twenty years my Aunt Babe had been forced to laugh at the same old weary sitcom minutiae, over and over and over.

Armand lay sprawled in a huge black velvet wing chair gazing at the television, Ganymede in white pants and white silk shirt, I watching the news, the movies, the tapes he'd made of himself reading poetry, the idiot sitcoms, the dramas, the musicals, the silent films.