Originally Posted by Dennis
Yeah, what you and I are into are single camera series, which are filmed with a more cinematic approach utilizing a single camera and often done on location. Mutli-camera shows are done with 3 to 4 cameras permanently fixed to the stage where the filming takes place, so much of the action is built around the limited shots available to them.
What some people don't realize and/or choose to ignore is that the laugh track shows aren't so much dictating to the audience when to laugh, but rather the laughter is woven into the show to create a sort of comedic rhythm. It's a back-up band of sorts, and much of it is taken into context when laying out the flow of the scenes. I'm not really arguing in favor of it, but rather just trying to explain its true purpose. It is what it is, and much of it just boils down to personal preference.