Analysis: From ‘Friends’ to ‘Fleabag,’ the history of sitcoms is bigger than you think

It’s a cop-out answer, like Potter Stewart’s when he talked about obscenity: I know it when I see it. Yes, “I Love Lucy” is a sitcom. So are “The Honeymooners”; “All in the Family”; “Cheers”; “The Cosby Show”; “Seinfeld”; and “Friends.” But so too are “Leave It to Beaver;” “Bewitched;” “MASH;” “The Office;” “Parks and …

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