Chicago – Laugh tracks are a dying breed. Think of classic, full-throttle laugh tracks from “The Jeffersons,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Full House
.” Today, though some major shows feature canned laughter, it has been much-pointed out that some of the best comedies on TV, by definition, are auspiciously missing a laugh track—think “Modern Family
,” “The Office,” and “30 Rock,” to name a few.
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If the Internet naysayers are right, if a sitcom that uses a laugh track is the TV equivalent of the lady who protests too much, then that could be one explanation why CBS’s “$#*! My Dad Says” is not too funny. “$#*!” features some of the loudest canned laughter heard on TV in a while, and if the behind-the-scenes stories emerging from the production are any indication, the producers have inserted the boisterous inanimate laughter to drown out the bad buzz. Parent protests over an indecent title