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“The Millionaire” With a Laugh Track? (1 Viewer)

TheLogoGuy94

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During today's episode of “The Millionaire” titled ‘Millionaire Harvey Blake’, I noticed something strange: this episode had a laugh track. Why would a drama series like this have a laugh track? Also, I hear that there is another episode with a laugh track. Why do you suppose CBS put a laugh track on a few episodes?

EDIT: OK, this question was a little “dumb”. The fact that an episode of a drama series having a laugh track confused me for some reason at first.
 

Ron Lee Green

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This reminds me of the episode of The Twilight Zone that had a laugh track. It was the Carol Burnett episode, "Cavendar is Coming.
 

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Neil Brock said:
Because they were comedic?
How can this be the Best Answer when it's a question?


However, knowing whose it is, the question mark doesn't denote that it's a guess, but rather -- well, you know.
 

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Joe Lugoff said:
How can this be the Best Answer when it's a question?

However, knowing whose it is, the question mark doesn't denote that it's a guess, but rather -- well, you know.
Well, my question seems stupid. So I thought I'd just mark this as “solved” just to stop replies saying that it's comedic(!) Any other questions?
 

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Not a stupid question at all, and I think it deserves a serious answer! I don't claim this to be definitive, just a hypothesis, but Ron referred to The Twilight Zone episode "Cavender is Coming" also having a laugh track - likely, this is because it was a pilot for a proposed sitcom. It didn't succeed, and Serling hated the laugh track, but as a pilot it's understandable why the network would try something like that. (Previously, Serling had another idea for a comedy series that he tried out on Zone without a laugh track, to no avail, so the network might have felt the laugh track would help.) Although inserting a laugh track might be somewhat unusual, we know that existing series were often used as proving grounds for possible new series, so based on that, my guess (and it's only a guess) is that this was the case here as well - the network using The Millionaire as a test for a pilot or proposed idea for a sitcom, and insisting on a laugh track to measure the idea's potential.
 

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Almost all drama shows in that era felt the need from time to time to do comedic episodes. I find it to be annoying but there were comedic Defenders, Combat, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, etc. Not all of them went as far as having a laugh track though.
 

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Which I still find very refreshing and makes those series much less one dimensional, in my view. Of course, many of the westerns did so too. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not -The Route 66 series ending two parter was a famous disaster, but their Buster Keaton episode was great, for example.
 

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