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Is ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ the last great multi-cam sitcom?

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  • Eric
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    If we’re not going exclusively by popular shows, then the Canadian show Package Deal is actually a pretty good multi-cam sitcom, and has more of the classic feel.

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    KyleBailey
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    I actually think The Muppets would benefit from being a multi cam. The show’s humor is too awkward for its format 

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    HIMYM wasn’t a traditional multicam either, instead being a “hybrid”, as using canned laughter rather than an audience let them bypass a lot of the usual limitations of the format and do a lot of playing with the format.

    I’ve always found the hybrid a bit strange, as you don’t get as many of the downsides but you don’t many of the supposed upsides either. I guess they’re cheaper and a more familiar format to multicam viewers, especially during the transitory period before single-cams were widespread and many viewers swore off laugh tracks.

    That said, I do sometimes wonder if more single camera shows would benefit from using more wide angle shots ala multicams, even without the laugh track.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I think Mom definitely comes closest and has reached greatness many times (“Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”). It’s a shame Emmy voters haven’t taken notice other than Janney (whose two wins were richly deserved). Maybe if The Big Bang Theory continues to fall in nominations then Mom could pick up a few. 

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    Atypical
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    “Mom” is still carrying the torch for the multi-cams. All is not “lost” yet. And I wouldn’t necessarily place “Everybody Loves Raymond” in the “great” pantheon either. Long way to go before we get there.

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    Jaqen H’ghar
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    Echoing several other posters, I too will mention Mom. I’m thrilled with Allison Janney winning for both seasons, but the second season in particular was great across the board. The first season was iffy but I could really see the time and effort put in by the writers when watching the second season.

    What worked with ELR was the large ensemble, opposed to mostly writing for two characters (Janney and Anna Faris). They need to bring in the big bucks and get Octavia Spencer what she wants to become a series-regular.  

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    I remember thinking ‘Raymond’ was just alright back in the early 2000’s when it was cleaning up at the Emmys but now I think it’s absolute genius. It holds up exceptionally well and is probably – and I hate agreeing with Marcus – the last truly great multi-cam sitcom (“Mom” is also good, but not even on the same level as ‘Raymond’).

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    To my mind Will and Grace is the last truly great sitcom. Not only because of its cultural and historical significance, but because it was smart, funny and had one of the best ensemble cast in TV history. 

     

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    I didn’t get the hype for ELR. I think there have been plenty of “good” multi-cam comedies since the early 2000s, but I’d argue the last great one was Friends.

     

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    No b/c there is bbt and mom

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    Boidiva02
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    No, not ELR. I’d say “Will & Grace” should get that honor, or possibly “Friends” or “Frasier”.   I wouldn’t call “The Big Bang Theory” great, it is just okay, maybe above average.  It only looks “great” compared to the most recent multi-cams.  

     

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    Michael Sacco
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    So spot on!!!. It was and is the last of the great sitcoms that could make live audiences Laugh! Very, very few could garner any real laughs today.

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    Hunter-ish
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    No. The Carmichael Show, One Day at a Time, Will & Grace… the list goes on.

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    One Day at a Time

    This show is one of the best comedies on television today period, multi or single cam. I think me and you might be the only people who watch it though.

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    I see there’s a fellow Cedi fan. He’s adorable, isn’t he?

    I didn’t quite love ‘Raymond’. It was extremely safe and redundant. But it was consistent for years and had a killer cast (Ray Romano started awkward but got better and better as the series progressed). And I would indeed place it a notch about Friends and Will & Grace, which are still watchable but haven’t aged as well. While HIMYM was almost too cute and clever for its on good, especially in such a format. I’m not even gonna talk about ‘Big Bang’. However, the last multi camera/laugh track sitcom that was would make my top ten TV comedies is probably Roseanne.

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