Exploring the 'fish out of water' sitcom


The 'fish out of water' is a situation comedy construct that has seemingly fallen out of favour in recent years. But just because it isn't in vogue doesn't mean that it's a base premise you should immediately reject.

As with any established sitcom or storytelling technique, mileage can be gained from updating and refreshing an idea or approach for modern audiences.

What do we mean by a 'fish out of water' sitcom?

A fish out of water sitcom refers to an idiom in television and radio comedy where a character is plunged into an entirely new world and must adapt...

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Published: Friday 24th February 2023

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