12 Sitcoms for People Who Hate Those Terrible Laugh Tracks

Are you looking for hilarious sitcoms without the forced laugh tracks? Then, we got you covered. Recently, an entertainment forum discussed how awful laugh tracks are and which shows are funny without them. Here they are. Do you agree?

1. The Office

Michael Scott Gay Witch Hunt
Image Credit: NBC Universal Television Studio.

It took me a few episodes and the right timing in my life to get into the U.S. version of The Office, but now it is in my top five shows. It is hilarious, and despite Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) being horrible in many ways, he has redeemable qualities, and you grow to love him.

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Image Credit: FX.

Another show I’ve only recently begun watching that is hilariously wrong is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The main characters are horrible people getting into ridiculous situations, but the absurdity induces laughter. “The Nightman Cometh” sticks with me the most, and Danny DeVito is a delight. 

3. The Good Place

The Good Place group
Image Credit: NBC.

On a less “offensive” note, The Good Place tops several lists of the best sitcoms of all time and the most incredible series finale to have ever been made. The story involves a unique interpretation of heaven and hell, and it’s easy to quickly fall in love with the characters.

4. PEN15

Image Credit: Hulu.

PEN15 is the ideal show for anyone who had an awkward experience as a middle schooler in the late 90s and early 2000s. The two main characters play 13-year-old versions of themselves, social outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds. It sounds a little wonky, but there is a bit of nostalgia and tons of laughs without a track to be had. 

5. Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon
Image Credit: CBS Broadcasting Inc.

Despite The Big Band Theory having a laugh track, its prequel Young Sheldon does not, and it delivers a fair amount of laughter. For those who were Big Bang fans, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) narrates the show in a The Wonder Years type format. It gives viewers an insight into who Sheldon Cooper was as a child, and the cast playing his family is delightful. 

6. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Ron Swanson
Image Credit: NBC Universal.

Parks and Recreation has a slower start but gets really good in season two when they bring in Ben (Adam Scott) and Chris (Rob Lowe) for a slight change of tone. The plot follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department of the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. The entire cast is hilarious, but Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is something else. 

7. The Mick

The Mick
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Television.

The Mick follows Mackenzie “Mickey” (Kaitlin Olson), a foul-mouthed tough woman who ultimately finds herself living in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut after her sister flees the country to avoid a federal indictment. The catch? She becomes responsible for her sister’s three sheltered and spoiled children. 

8. The Detour

The Detour
Image Credit: TBS

“Get Some!” The Detour involves a father taking his family on an insane road trip with crazy circumstances across the United States. It leads to them being on the run from the FBI and delivers plenty of laughs without the track.

9. Schitt’s Creek

Schitt's Creek Moira
Image Credit: CBC Television.

Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian sitcom that follows an affluent family whose business manager embezzles their fortune, forcing them to rediscover life without wealth. They relocate to a rundown motel in a town they purchased as a joke called Schitt’s Creek. All of the cast is great, but Moira (Catherine O’Hara) is hilarious.

10. Arrested Development

Arrested Development
Image Credit: Netflix.

Arrested Development is another sitcom that follows a formerly wealthy dysfunctional family. After their father is imprisoned, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the level-headed son, attempts to keep his spoiled and inconsiderate family, who makes the job unbearable. 

11. New Girl

New Girl
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Television.

“Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!” I love New Girl. It follows Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) moving into a loft with three male roommates in L.A. The show is packed with humor and drama, and all the characters are funny in different ways. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) will have you bursting at the sides. 

12. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Image Credit: Netflix.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows a young woman (Ellie Kemper) who is rescued from a doomsday cult after fifteen years, starting her life in New York City. She quickly makes friends and finds a roommate and job but is generally naive to the world around her, and it makes for good laughter without the forced track. 

26 Once Hilarious Comedy Films That Would Never Be Laughed at Today

Revenge of the Nerds
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Although comedy movies have always been a source of amusement and laughter, society’s expectations and sensibilities have changed over time. What was previously seen as hilarious and acceptable may be viewed as improper or offensive today. Let’s look at some once brilliant comedy movies that are unlikely to be produced or laughed at in the current cultural climate (unless you grew up watching them).

25 Fan Voted Greatest Television Episodes of All Time, Do You Agree?

The Twilight Zone
Image Credit: United Paramount Network.

With thousands upon thousands of television episodes over the decades, it is difficult to narrow down the best. However, one entertainment forum tried to do just that. Do you agree with their picks?

15 of the Worst Series Finales of Your Favorite Shows on Television

How I Met Your Mother
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Television.

Have you ever been disappointed with a TV series finale? You’re not alone. After someone asked a popular online entertainment forum what the worst series finales are, here is what they had to say. Do you agree?

15 Beloved Fictional Characters Who Are Terrible and Have No Business Being Glorified

Indiana Jones
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Are there any fictional characters people love and revere that you can’t stand? I think you can rip apart just about any cast on a sitcom. I’m looking at you How I Met Your MotherSeinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory. After someone asked an online forum for examples of terrible fictional characters that people love, here are their most interesting responses.

10 Magnificent Performances That Tricked Us Into Loving Terrible Movies

Image Credit: Buena Vista Pictures.

Ready for some controversy? First, let me preface that I do NOT agree with several of the films listed on this list. Recently, an online film forum member asked about amazing performances in terrible films. Again, don’t hate the reporter. These are not my picks.

Source: Reddit.


Website | + posts

Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.