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    17 Things Literally Every Sitcom Does

    Stop recycling.

    1. "I ate my twin in the womb and that is why I am the superior being you see before you today."


    It's not nearly a common enough medical phenomenon for it to be used so much.

    2. The character who used to be fat.

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    This is their only defining characteristic and a redeeming quality if they're a bit of an ass. You’ll probably see this person in a fat suit at some point.

    3. Straight girls who for make out for a straight man's attention.

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    Also see: the straight girl's one college "experiment" that happened only to fuel her future boyfriend's fantasies.

    4. "Oh no, they handcuffed us together!"


    Perhaps this will lead to an inevitable understanding or truce between two rivals.

    5. "That door autolocks, you fool!"

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    Like the handcuff but you get a little more physical distance. How will they leave without resolving their grievances?

    6. The sexist asshole who falls in love.

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    Now we can forgive all his previous misdeeds, because who doesn't love a reformed playboy?

    7. The father who gets into all kinds of trouble babysitting his own kids.

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    This do-nothing but lovable dad is left to look after the kids and everything is as expected, a disaster. But don't fret, the mother will be back before you know it and all will be restored!

    8. The crazy ex-girlfriend.


    This wonderful cop-out is often explained to your bros in charts and graphs.

    9. The acceptable target.


    Every workplace needs that one guy they can rip on, even your most righteous faves needs an outlet.

    10. The ~ethnic~ friend who never quite assimilated.


    If the actor is fluent in English, they may do an exaggerated accent. You know, for authenticity's sake.

    11. "In English, please?"

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    The natural, hilarious follow-up question when someone smart says anything.

    12. The accidental proposal.

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    "It seems I have slipped, fallen onto one knee, with a ring in my hand and hearts in my eyes."

    13. The "bimbo".

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    Never not funny, apparently.

    14. The best friend minister.

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    "By the power vested in me by just 10 minutes ago…” is the perfect last-minute laugh for every sitcom wedding ever.

    15. The temporarily fired employee.


    *checks IMDb and sees the main character is still listed in every episode*

    16. The boring, unattractive man with the hot wife.

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    Meanwhile the audience snickers at zingers like "You slept with a girl last night? She was fat though, right?" Sure, Jan.

    17. Meaningless catchphrases.

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    Please make it stop.

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