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Single-Camera Sitcoms: The Next Generation of Television?

Published on July 7th, 2016 | Updated on July 8th, 2016 | By FanFest

I don’t know how many of you know of a site called stage32.com but it is a nifty little site where writers, actor, puppeteers, designers, you name it, all get together to discuss projects and get feedback and network.

Well in the TV sitcom forum, there was some talk about whether or not we should keep writing mutli- camera sitcoms or movie into more of a single-camera sitcom world.

You may be asking what’s the difference?

Multi- Camera

These sitcoms represent the more traditional approach to television comedy where everything filmed in front of a live studio audience. The audience give these sitcoms more of a “live theater” feel.

3rd Rock from the Sun, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Married with Children, Mike & Molly, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men are just a few examples of multi-camera sitcoms.

Single- Camera

These sitcoms have become more popular in the last 10 years. While they do use more than one camera, the feel of the piece is that it was shot with only one. Kind of like a movie. And there is no live audience. They also tend to use real life filming  locations rather than a studio.

30 Rock, Californication, Community, Everybody Hates Chris, Life in Pieces, Modern Family, New Girl, Parks and Recreation and The Office are a few examples of single -camera sitcoms.

 

So I’m asking you guys, should we keep writing both or move into a new “generation” of TV?

 

What’s your favorite multi-camera sitcom?

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