We're living in a new golden age of television. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are locked in an arms race, pouring billions of dollars into original content. Traditional networks have been forced to step up their offerings and are scrambling to create their own streaming services to compete.
And yet, some of the most-watched shows on said streaming services are old standbys that have been off the air for ages, like "Friends" or "That 70s Show." One recognizable trait that distinguishes these sitcoms? The laugh track, which elevates Phoebe's goofy antics and softens Red Forman's fatherly threats. While you might think that the laugh track is cheesy or outdated, researchers from University College London recently published a paper in Current Biology showing that added laughter actually enhances the humor of even the worst jokes. That's right: dad jokes.