Why so many sitcoms look the same

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • The one about sitcom lighting.Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOIn this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the surprising history behind sitcom lighting.Karl Freund was the genius cinematographer behind Metropolis, the silent film classic. But then he designed the set for I Love Lucy - the first of the multicam, laugh-track heavy sitcoms. Today, they look bland, but it wasn’t always that way. But at the time, Freund had a good reason to tackle the challenge.These lighting techniques are still in use today on sitcoms like Friends, the Big Bang Theory, and other multi-camera hits. What looks generic to our eyes was, at one time, the result of an artist who made the impossible look easy.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +408

    Set lighting is just one part of everything that goes into a TV show. Watch our video to see the entire process from start to finish: http://bit.ly/2Ji191l

  • Salokin
    Salokin  a years ago +2897

    laugh track of dead people intensifies

  • Dank Matter
    Dank Matter  a years ago +3250

    Sitcom: makes an unfunny joke

    MR SLAV  a years ago +3659

    All germans who were geniuses had to have a messy hair.

  • TheKiroshi
    TheKiroshi  a years ago +1506

    "you merely adopted the laugh track.. I was born in it.. Molded by it."

  • Contemporaries Club
    Contemporaries Club  a years ago +784

    Vox makes videos about things I didn't even know I was curious about

  • Gavin
    Gavin  a years ago +2224

    Some sitcoms look like someone brought a 200-watt light bulb to set.

  • Aspect Science
    Aspect Science  a years ago +1594

    Anyone ever thought how terrifying most sitcom characters would be without laughter tracks? With no one laughing at their jokes...just...silence
    Probably pretty terrifying

  • FlowersInHisHair
    FlowersInHisHair  a years ago +399

    Video discusses the cinematography of Karl Freund, the three-camera setup, and the lighting, blocking, costume and makeup choices that went into making it possible to shoot this way. The comments are 90% about laugh tracks, which the video only mentions in passing.

  • Enthused Norseman
    Enthused Norseman  a years ago +1304

    I'm so upset that the "What's the Point" spin-off from "Vox" never got renewed beyond the second season. They were just getting into their own, with the "Carlos' does a spreadsheet" plot line really showing how he could act against type and bring depth to the character.

  • gnilttbs
    gnilttbs  a years ago +142

    I love how his surname means 'friend' in German. I'll be there for you

  • Jonas Hamill
    Jonas Hamill  a years ago +450

    The most mindblowing thing this video taught me was that it used to be 'Hollywoodland'

  • Marcus Aurelius
    Marcus Aurelius  a years ago +143

    You should do an episode on the wierd soft golden light in soap operas. Soaps have a very distinctive look as well.

  • MoonCocoon
    MoonCocoon  a years ago +200

    Vox, the first workplace sitcom where people actually work. LOL. :D

  • Salokin
    Salokin  a years ago +687

    That scene with erkell was S U R R E A L

  • MoonCocoon
    MoonCocoon  a years ago +137

    Big Bane Theory?

  • S Ali
    S Ali  a years ago +696

    Who else loves Brooklyn 99

  • CheesecakeLasagna
    CheesecakeLasagna  a years ago +235

    Next video topic: The canning of laughs (what started the laugh track)

  • TheScott10012
    TheScott10012  a years ago +172

    i cannot stand certain shows just because of the laughing tracks

  • liam o connor
    liam o connor  a years ago +123

    D I D I D O T H A T