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Sitcom Characters: The Classic Trio Dynamic

When you are creating a sitcom the characters and their relationships to each other are the key thing. Situation is secondary. When Graham Linehan was penning the IT Crowd his starting point, inspired by Seinfeld, was wanting to create a two guys and a girl sitcom. So more than just characters he started with relationships. He initially had the characters in a travel agents only later switching them to a context that he had more affinity with; as a self-professed geek, writing about an IT department suited him much better. Seinfeld and the IT Crowd also exhibit a very common, largely unremarked and very fertile dynamic between the central trio in a sitcom. I term it the boss, striver, fool

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