Why So Many Classic Sitcoms Look the Same

Phil Edwards from Vox takes a look at the history of multi-camera sitcoms and explains how the lighting techniques of German cinematographer Karl Freund revolutionized television.

“Karl Freund was the genius cinematographer behind Metropolis, the silent film classic. But then he designed the set for I Love Lucy – the first of the multicam, laugh-track heavy sitcoms. Today, they look bland, but it wasn’t always that way.”