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Why is it that during the 1970s and 1980s that it was very common for American situation comedies ("sitcoms") to be shot in video as opposed to film? Has this to do with a live audience or it is cost?
 

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My 2 cents. It has/had nothing to do with an audience as a laugh-track could/can be added any time, ala The Brady Bunch. Popular 70s sitcoms that were shot on tape: Sandford & Son, All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Soap, Alice and a few others. Popular 70s shows on film: (original) Bill Cosby Show, Mash, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Rhoda, Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Joanie Loves Chachi, Hogan's Heros, etc. I think more shows were actually shot to film than tape in the 70s. Productions started to drift toward video taping somewhere in the early to mid 80s, likely as a cost cutting measure.
 
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