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Don't Miss Out on the Shocking Twist: MAS*H's Laugh Track Revolution
2024/05/21

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The Evolution of Laugh Tracks: M*A*S*H's Bold Move

M*A*S*H, the iconic television series set against the backdrop of the Korean War, was not just a groundbreaking show in terms of its storytelling; it also challenged the conventions of sitcoms, particularly with its treatment of the laugh track. Here's why M*A*S*H made the surprising decision to phase out the laugh track, ultimately ditching it completely by its final season.

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A Departure from Tradition

Unlike traditional sitcoms of its time, M*A*S*H delved into serious subject matter, exploring the emotional toll of war on its characters. Initially conceived as a sitcom focusing on the antics of Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John, the show evolved into a dramedy, balancing humor with poignant examinations of trauma and PTSD.

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Challenging the Norm

M*A*S*H's creators, Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, were hesitant about using a laugh track from the beginning. Given the show's wartime setting and serious themes, they felt that canned laughter would be inappropriate. However, laugh tracks were the norm for comedies of that era, and the network insisted on its inclusion.

Gradual Phasing Out

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