So I see that we already have two threads about Friends coming to an end--something that I couldn't care less about. But I've always liked Frasier quite a bit and will miss it, even though i'll admit it should've ended before they started playing around with the relationships between the characters. Anyways, what i'm trying to focus on with this thread is that, it doesn't seem like there are any hit sitcoms left that are the large cultural phenomena that Seilfeld, Friends and to a lesser extent, Frasier, were... I'm wondering what you think a show will need to become the next big hit? Do you think it's just a matter of having the right characters, with the same format as shows like Friends and Frasier? Or do you think more ingenuity is needed to make it seem fresh enough to for people to enjoy.. Curb Your Enthusiasm comes to mind for me, for seeming ot have completely abandoned sharp wit and relying solely on irony and absurdism. It's actually the only show that i go out of my way to watch nowadays, but it doesn't seem to be achieving the same elvel of awareness as earlier shows.. The way i see it, that could be because of any of three things: people just don't like the style of humour, it's on HBO as opposed toa basic cable channel, or TV on a whole has declined in popularity making it impossible for a show to have the same success as earlier sitcoms.... Anyways, i'm starting to go on and on, so what do yuo think?