Sitcom's formula for success

The Atlantic has an article on “Cracking the Sitcom Code”: … de/384068/

Here’s a summary:

Yes, the formula is so strict, it dictates a “muddle” for minutes 8-13. No problem with “what must I do now” for sitcom writers.

The following characteristic is particularly interesting, since it goes against most other writing:

I can’t say if what he says is true or not because I can’t stand to watch any show that thinks that I need a laugh track to know when to laugh.

But if you may feel differently, so you might get into the field. If you’re got the knack, it attracts an audience of millions and pays quite well.

–Mike the most serious of writers, as evidenced by his latest, Lily’s Ride: Rescuing her Father from the Ku Klux Klan

P.S. This same formula should work quite well for P. G. Wodehouse-like comedies and it won’t be burdened by those tight time restrictions. It should work for short stories and short books equally well.

The story is then about cover-ups and mistakes made. Actually, not really very funny which may be why people are watching other stuff.