I think it can work with certain kinds of shows. Some audiences are so over-the-top, it gets crazy and intrusive. I worked on over a hundred of the Will & Grace episodes, and those are pretty dated today... but the laughter is (mostly) genuine. Noted Hollywood writer Ken Levine has done several essays on the pros and cons of laugh tracks on his website: By Ken Levine: Search results for laugh track Hey, I had no idea that this was available. I didn't think the show was too bad. Is it on HBO Now?