The golden age of sitcoms does seem to be well and truly over, though. I appreciate that comedy has moved on since the 70s and 80s, and sitcoms featuring the antics and mishaps of a suburban “middle-class” straight white middle-aged couple such as Terry and June, George and Mildred, the Fields (Fresh Fields) or the Fairchilds (Executive Stress) seemingly aren’t going to put bums on seats these days. I don’t really consider the likes of Benidorm to be a sitcom in the traditional sense, due to the abundance of characters, but it was popular. The 90s/00s style of sitcoms like My Family, Outnumbred, Goodnight Sweetheart, the IT Crowd would still work, if the writers came up with something original and contemporary. Personally, I find myself delving into the video vaults when I need a good laugh.
Cut out the coupon in your TV Times!