Sitcoms are one of the highlights of television, and many of us prefer the old school ones over the sitcoms of today. Everything about sitcoms is easy to enjoy: the story-lines, the characters, the antics…..it’s so easy to pick a favorite and stay dedicated to it every single week for years on end. But sometimes sitcoms lose their spunk and we may not want to watch them every week after some time. It may start with simply forgetting that it came on, to not caring that it came on at all. There are loads of reasons why sitcoms may lose their ratings. Here are some reasons why I think this may happen:
Height of Success:
When sitcoms first air on television, the audience is immediately captured by fresh faces and new ways in which their comedy is executed. In the beginning, depending on the show, it may seem like comedy is bouncing off every single wall, causing nothing but laughs which we all love. At some point during the seasons, stories tend to take on more serious situations while still being able to maintain the perfect amount of comedy in between. This further captures the audience’s attention, making all of us want to see more.
Personally, I’ve always loved sitcoms that can take on silly and serious topics either separately or blended together. Sitcoms such as The Cosby Show, A Different World, Roseanne, Family Matters, Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life were notorious for being this way which, I think, is part of what made these shows so successful, even if some of the topics may have a been a bit controversial. We all love a bit of controversy, to an extent.
After awhile, as mentioned already, some of these shows lose a little bit of spunk and therefore the audience slowly begins to lose interest. It begins to seem like the story-lines aren’t as unique nor do they easily keep our attention. As far as the characters, sometimes, they begin to get a little bit boring. Take a child character, for example. As a child they are sometimes the funniest and the most lovable, but as they get older, they don’t seem to be as funny anymore, nor are they the most lovable anymore. I don’t think it’s because they get older. I think, in the case, the writers of the show begin writing differently for that character and it shows. It’s necessary to write differently for a character that grows up, but sometimes the comedy and quirkiness tends to be left out to an extent causing the character to seem more or less ordinary.
Another reason for sitcoms losing ratings are new shows being broadcast that ultimately competes with other shows. Sometimes a show that was already on the air may lose some of their ratings to one or more of these new shows. This is especially the case when these new shows air at the same time and day as a previously aired show.
Whatever the reason may be for sitcoms losing their ratings, one thing’s for sure, most sitcoms from back in the day were the best and will always be the best, even compared to how sitcoms are done these days. Despite their declined success, they are still a hit and are constantly being shown in syndication, which proves they’ll always be timeless.
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