Did these classic TV sitcoms film in front of a live studio audience?

It's a tough quiz, but it's good for a laugh!

One of the trademark attributes of a sitcom is the use of laughter within the show. Dating back to the 1950s, television executives were looking for a way to regulate the laughter in their programs. Live audiences provided authenticity and interesting comedic beats for viewer to follow, but weren't always laughing at the jokes that needed to land. Alternatively, tracks with prerecorded laughter helped to inform the audience of laughing points and helped jokes land better, but didn't always sound authentic.

After relying on laugh tracks for much of the 1960s, the 1970s brought an era of mixing the live laughter and the fake, a technique known as "sweetening"; live studio audiences would provide the base laughter, and the tracks would be used to fill in the gaps.

We've compiled a list of shows and we want to know; even if the final edit of these programs was sweetened, did the shows film in front of a live studio audience? Give it your best shot!

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  1. The Ed Sullivan Show
  2. The Munsters
  3. I Love Lucy
  4. The Andy Griffith Show
  5. Rhoda
  6. The Dick Van Dyke Show
  7. All in the Family
  8. The Beverley Hillbillies
  9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  10. The Flintstones
  11. The Brady Bunch
  12. Mork & Mindy
  13. M*A*S*H

Did these classic TV sitcoms film in front of a live studio audience?

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Tammy 1 day ago
You got 10 out of 13
Not even the smallest sweetened laugh can trick you! Well done! missed MTM Rhoda and Dick Van Dyke Did not know they were live
Kaydee 10 days ago
11/13 Guess I knew a fake laugh from a real laugh LOL
Lacey 13 days ago
12/13 I did not know Dick Van Dyke was in front of a live audience.
Angie Lacey 13 days ago
Same. 12/13 also.
Kaydee Lacey 10 days ago
Neither did I
djw1120 16 days ago
9 out of 13
My finger slipped on the last one.
I knew M*A*S*H was not done in front of a live audience, but I hit yes instead.
All the others were genuine wrong answers.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 19 days ago
It's pretty easy to tell. Those shot in front of a live episode have very few location changes.
Runeshaper 21 days ago
You got 11 out of 13
Not even the smallest sweetened laugh can trick you! Well done!

AWESOME!!!
Corey 22 days ago
Ed Sullivan was a variety show.
JDnHuntsvilleAL Corey 19 days ago
Good point. The MeTV Millennials did it again.
SheriHeffner 22 days ago
13 out of 13. I knew the answers to them all. Barry Livingston was a guest star on The Dick Van Dyke Show and revealed whether or not they had a live studio audience. No spoilers for fans.
BrianMoore 23 days ago
13 out of 13. Kind of easy
Emily BrianMoore 23 days ago
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Catman 23 days ago
13/13
Nailed it. But seriously, the Flintstones?
Emily Catman 23 days ago
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anthony 23 days ago
11/13. Missed mtm and rhoda
Emily anthony 23 days ago
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DouglasMorris 24 days ago
13/13! an easy quiz.
Emily DouglasMorris 23 days ago
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nerakr 24 days ago
13/13. #10 was quite obvious, wasn't it?
Emily nerakr 23 days ago
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