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Aught Lang Syne: Trends of the Decade

In our latest installment of Aught Lang Syne, NPI is going to look at the best and worst trends in our culture from this decade. John S will tackle movies and TV, while Tim will explain sports and, of course, fashion.


The Best Trend in Television: The Demise of Laugh Tracks

The slow, steady, not-yet-completed demise of the laugh track is probably the best overall trend of the decade in television. In the 1990s and the early part of the Aughts, nearly every big, successful sitcom was accompanied by a laugh track: Seinfeld, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Becker, The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc. Currently, though, most new sitcoms air without laugh tracks. Even among existing shows, the comedies that are critically praised tend to be canned laughless. The entirety of NBC’s Thursday night lineup—the traditional home of the most popular sitcoms—is laugh track-free. ABC comedies Modern Family, Scrubs, and Cougar Town are also not accompanied by disembodied laughter. None of HBO’s comedies—Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Extras—have laugh tracks, either.

There are, of course, some holdouts: FOX’s only two non-animated comedies—Brothers and ‘Til Death—do have laugh tracks, but neither has much of an audience. CBS, though, has five sitcoms with laugh tracks (Gary Unmarried, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Accidentally on Purpose, and How I Met Your Mother), and all have some degree of success. In general, though, the trend is certainly waning.

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NFL Preview Bonanza: NFC West


Last Season: 4-12

This Season: 10-6, NFC #2

Healthy again after a season of injuries, the Seahawks return to their usual perch atop the NFL’s weakest division. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the best receiver Matt Hasselbeck has ever had in Seattle, and Edgerrin James is still a good enough running back to keep teams honest. I don’t think the Seahawks are a great team, or even a very good one. They’re decent, and decent has been enough in this division for a long time.

Tim’s favorite player in Seattle Seahawk history is…: Dave Krieg beats out the man he always threw the ball to, Steve Largent.

You didn’t pick Largent? I know; that would have been too easy.

A Great and Recent Seahawk Game: This was already a pretty wild Wild Card Game, and then came the end.

That’s just another gratuitous shot at the Cowboys: True, but what did you want me to pick? That “classic” NFC Championship against the Panthers?

That’s right! The Seahawks went to the Super Bowl! I had this exact conversation with my brother the other day. The Seahawks actually went to the Super Bowl.

Remember when Matt Hasselbeck made that bold coin toss prediction in Green Bay? Who could forget?

If the Seahawks were a mainstream North American band, they would be: Nickelback. Because I’m kind of getting sick of them. (Doesn’t it suck how they don’t match a Seattle band?)

Did you know? There is actually no such thing as a “seahawk.”

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