Can a Live Audience See...?

Watching “All In The Family” on Nick, I really laugh at the facial expressions by “Archie”. This got me thinking…how does a live audience see all this? I WAG there are monitors located overhead throughout the studio?

  • Jinx

I’ve been to a few live tapings of TV shows and yes, there were monitors over the audience.

The close-ups, of which Carroll O’Connor was a master, were most likely placed on monitor to the audience in the same way we would see it at home in order to elicit desired taped reaction, especially on the more somber parts.