I wonder at it all the time I watch TV shows, especially sitcoms: people just don't talk, laugh, and gesture like that or put on such faces in real life. Try to behave like some characters for a day, and it will feel beyond ridiculous. Yet we take all this as normal when we see it on screen. What is it? A projection of a more interesting, intense, and fun life onto a simpler, more boring life of an average person who's tired after work and turns on the TV to get a glimpse of something brighter? Do we like to see bolder, freer and more charismatic versions of ourselves? Or are we just accustomed to the format that television has been feeding us for decades, and even the outrageous backstage laughter doesn't bother us?