Wednesday, February 22, 2012
My Selective Hearing
I have been enjoying back episodes of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. I wasn't consistent catching them the first time they aired so it's been fun. I like to think of Ted, Robin, Lily, Marshall and Barney as my frequent lunch dates. I do not know how they feel about me. But today, while watching Season 4, episode 16, my ears were most painfully assaulted by, no it can't be, how could I have possibly not noticed this before, a laugh track!! I despise the laugh track. I abhor the laugh track. We know when to laugh! We know when something funny happens! Take the hint that we, the audience, don't need a hint! For crying out louder than necessary, how did it take until the 80th episode for me to notice this abomination? For experiments' sake, I scanned back to three earlier shows. And there it was, the dreaded laugh track. Could it be possible that I so deeply dislike the sitcom laugh track that I had tuned it out to avoid being aggravated? I could have very happily remained ignorant. I feel so used.