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Not to be picky, but . . .
 
On 4/18, Julie Friedline wrote:
>Todd Gitlin in -Inside Prime Time- recounts
>the disagreements over whether or not M*A*S*H (the tv series) should have
>a laugh track. The producers didn't want it; CBS research indicated that
>it tested higher (with test focus groups) -with- the laugh track. So the
>laugh track stayed. Interestingly, Gitlin notes that in British
>syndication, M*A*S*H ran without the laugh track. Apparently the Brits
>know when to laugh, while we need cue cards!
 
 
While it is true that laff track was added to most scenes in M*A*S*H, a
compromise was made between the producers and research - no laff track for
operating room scenes.
 
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