I Love Lucy ’51-’57, Gilligan’s Island ’64-’67, Welcome back, Kotter ’75-’79, Seinfeld ’89-’98, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 90-96, Friends ’94-’04, Everybody Loves Raymond ’96-’05, That 70’s show ’98-’06, The Office ’05-’13, Big Bang Theory ’07-now, Bob’s Burgers ’11-now, and The Simpsons ’89-now. These are some of the best sitcoms that come from anywhere between 1951 and today. Some, like the classic I Love Lucy, only ran for three years, while others, like the very well known The Simpsons, have run for 27 years and are still going today.
I do believe that no matter what, there will always be both animated sitcoms and sitcoms with real people. For the future though, I can almost guarantee that for every sitcom casted with real people, there will be at least two animated sitcoms that have been running for three or more years already and two more that come out the same year.
Since The Simpsons is an animated show, it could literally go on forever because the creators and animators can be replaced and auto tune and voice modifiers can be used to make anyone’s voice sound like Homer or Bart or even Marge. But, shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, or my personal favorite: Friends had to stop either because they just lost the people’s interest or because one or more of the actor’s died, went to jail, or got cast in a different show and said “see ya” to the current show they’re in. Some shows are able to work with this and cast a new person who looks somewhat similar to the original cast member and just role with it, such as in That 70’s show when Eric Forman’s sister Laurie, actress Lisa Robin, checked herself into a rehab facility and died shortly after. It was sad that we lost such a great Laurie, but the show had to go on so the directors casted Christina Moore as the new Laurie. Though she only appeared in a handful of episodes and was later only mentioned throughout the show.
Personally, my goal in life is to come up with an amazing sitcom idea that people come to love like Friends or Bob’s Burgers. Then, one day I hope to be one of the main characters in a sitcom that people watch on a daily bases and complain until the next episode is aired. I’d love to have the opportunity to both be in a show as a real life actress, and a voice actress. Will it happen? I don’t know, but its something I’m aiming for and hopefully one day I’ll reach. Until then, I plan to study comedy writing and performance with a minor in T.V. writing so I can hopefully one day create something that the world will love. To do this, I have to think ahead of my time while keeping my time in mind.
The Simpsons’ writers constantly create episodes that happen in years to come, such as today’s presidential election. They predicted Trump would run and that he would win. They were right both times. How do they do this? Well, in reality the writers never try t predict the future, the reason behind that episode, which is titled “Bart to the Future,” is explained by Dan Greaney in a Mirror article. He explains how he wanted everything to be as bad it could possibly be before Lisa got in office, so he made Trump president because sixteen years ago, he was at the top at the “laugh at it” page. More as to why the Simpsons still keeps people’s interest.
example of Big Bang Theory and why it still holds audience interest.
Example of Bob’s Burgers and why its doing so well such as each episode is a new story yet still keeps in mind the old episodes for continuity checks. Why it keeps people’s interest.
Example of my ideas for a sitcom/ideas of what to use/keep in mind when writing a sitcom.
People who want to write for sitcoms are who I wish to reach
I want people to see me as knowledgeable and understanding of how sitcoms are written. I will do this by pointing out how sitcom writers come up with ideas for their episodes.
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