Forgive me if this was included in that lengthy one about TV cliches…but this was brought on by watching one too many episodes of Geena Davis:
Nobody on a sitcom has a real job in a real office. They’re all caterers, or public relations officers, or fashion designers, and work in funky converted lofts and warehouses.
Only 3 or 4 co-workers will ever be seen; at least one of whom will be such a moron with so few discernible skills that s/he would’ve been fired within moments in Real Life.
My explanation for this is two-fold: Real Life is boring. And sitcom writers have never held a real job, so they don’t know how to write about it. Which is one of the things I loved about the movie Office Space–they pretty much nailed the working world environment.