Wasn't this just as the shows were intended for 4:3 SD broadcast, but filmed on an HD medium? Programmes like the ones you've mentioned and others like Friends were intended for 4:3 broadcast, which goes some way to explaining why we still see them in 4:3, even with the existence of a 16:9 HD copy, as they weren't filmed for 16:9, so as seen with the episodes of Friends that have been converted, you see things that you shouldn't (like body doubles, the edges of sets) because they were never supposed to be seen on screen.
I'm not saying that they couldn't just make a 4:3 HD edit of these shows, but broadcasters don't seem keen on 4:3 HD.
Both shows were shown in HD in the US, definately (King Of Queens from Season 2, Everybody Loves Raymond from Season 4), though we only ever got them in 4:3. The final 2 seasons of Fraiser were HD too- again Channel 4 only ever showed them in 4:3 (I think Comedy Central have since showed them in 16:9).
The original Channel 5 Broadcasts of Season 1 of Two and A Half Men were in 4:3 as well, again a show that was in HD from the start- though that has since been shown in 16:9on Comedy Central, Viva and ITV2.
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