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Laugh tracks: Love 'em or leave 'em?

What would happen if we lived in a world without a laugh track? Beyond the obvious notion that everyone on sitcoms would be sad and depressed, it would make things totally awkward. This fact was highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter posting this clip from The Big Bang Theory without its usual laugh track:

Those long, drawn-out silences are painful, but not as painful as watching this slightly funny, slightly twisted clip from a laugh track-enhanced version of The Shining:

The only thing more strange than that is this snippet of Arrested Development with an added laugh track. Is that the version Fox saw when they pulled the plug on AD?

What shows do you think need to lose (or add) their laugh track?

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