Some say the sitcom is dead–killed off by reality TV and the YouTubian attention span of the few remaining television viewers. The sitcom’s presumed death goes unexamined and unlamented as the genre is thought to represent the zero degree of television style: multiple cameras capturing a live performance in eye-level medium shots and medium close-ups under bland, high-key lighting; with shallow, unimaginative sets of living rooms indistinguishable from one another; and the bare minimum of actor and camera movement. However, recent narrative comedies have amped up their visual and sound style–as may be observed in this characteristic clip from My Name Is Earl. The lighting is low key and the ceiling intrudes into the frame. The first shot starts with a bit of a crane down and then Steadicams into the set. The tenth shot goes even further. While the credits roll, director Ken Whittingham takes us on a Touch of Evil-style tour through the Crab Shack, winding up back where the scene started. Clearly, we are not in Lucy and Desi’s apartment anymore. This prompts a variety of questions: What significance does this change in style have? What does it signify? How does it change the spectator’s position vis-a-vis the text? Is the sitcom truly dead, or is it just evolving into something more interesting?