Sitcoms: Why don't Americans know when to call it a day?
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With the turmoil in the world around us at the moment it seems there's little upon which there is universal consensus. The sky is blue. Puppies are adorable. The Big Bang Theory should long since have been cancelled. This last point forms part of a larger theme in American television – that sitcoms are almost always dragged on for years until they are no longer funny and we are watching out of a sense of duty alone, rather than for any real form of entertainment. Contrast this for a moment with the prevailing practice in Britain – of the greatest British comedic successes from the last twenty years, (Gavin and Stacey, The Thick of It and Father Ted to name a few), few have more than three series. While this is understandably frustrating, it is an arguably superior option to being subjected to a further five years of poorly written and un-funny writing. Take for example probably the most obvious demonstration of this contrast, The Office. Both the UK and US versions were hugely popular, and although the American remake leant heavily on the original script for the first season, both were very funny in different ways.
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