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I find that most sitcoms with laugh tracks are scripted to include a lot of one-liners and other short jokes as excuses to insert laughter, while those without laugh tracks are written to get more of the comedy from the plot development and not to depend on yuks (and to underplay the absence of recorded audience reactions).
As a result, if an episode is rerun not long after I've seen it (within, say, several months), I'll still remember the plot but will have forgotten the jokes, so normally I don't have to go as long before re-watching an episode of a laugh-tracked sitcom in order to enjoy seeing the same episode again as with a sitcom that has no laugh track.
That's independent of which one I enjoyed more on first viewing, of course. I'm not taking sides in favor of laugh tracks here; you can easily take my observation above as evidence that sitcoms without them make a greater impression on me.
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