CHCH Channel 11 unveiled their new Retro daytime lineup this week. Now I can watch shows from the last 70 years from morn 'til late afternoon.
I was, however, puzzled as to why I wasn’t laughing as hard at Hogan’s Heroes as I used to. Finally I realized I must be watching a remastered version with no laugh track.
Oy, what a difference a laugh track makes! I almost feel like I’m watching MASH***, except Bob Crane is hardly Alan Alda* and Werner Klemperer ain’t McLean Stevenson.
I remember back in the first season of The Odd Couple, the home audience was invited to participate in a “unique experiment” by voting on whether they preferred episodes with or without a laugh track.
It’s amazing how conditioned we are to laugh on cue when watching TV. Even when shows are filmed or taped before a live studio audience, the producers will add canned laughter when a joke doesn’t get the response they’d hoped for.
Someone once told me all of the laughter we hear on Monty Python was canned. I found that hard to believe, but now I’m not so sure.
*Good thing, too. I detest Alan Alda! :mad: