Jay, Cameron and I had an overly-extended debate on what exactly differentiates a situation comedy (or "sitcom" to you) from the super-genre of comedy. We decided to ask the experts at ChaCha:
Question: What's the difference between a comedy and a sitcom?
Status:Connecting ... Status:Looking for a guide ... Ring:... Status:Connected to guide: Bonnie(13248) Bonnie(13248):Welcome to ChaCha! You:hey bons Bonnie(13248):Hello Bonnie(13248):Hold on. Just a moment while I find that for you. You:thanks! Bonnie(13248):Are these helpful? You:well, kinda You:what's your personal opinion? You:any comedy program i can think of has a situation Bonnie(13248):My opinion is that a comedy is an hour and a sitcom has only half an hour to wrap everything up You:zing! You:nice work You:i like that Bonnie(13248):Did I answer your question? Bonnie(13248):If only all questions could be answered by my opinion... Bonnie(13248):Is there anything else on this topic I can find for you today? You:well, i guess we are both entitled to our opinions. that will be all, then. Bonnie(13248):Thanks for chachaing with me, have a great day!! You:xoxox
We weren't particularly impressed with that answer, so we furthered our search by watching the pilot episode of ALF, which I think we can all agree is the gold standard by which all sitcoms should be compared.