A Laughing Matter
In the beginning, CBS said it was mandatory that the show used a laugh track. They wanted the laugh track despite the actors and producers not wanting to use it. Even though the show was quite funny, the laugh track just seemed not to fit in during a war, right?
Because back then shows had live audiences, CBS thought it should be added because the viewers would not know when things were supposed to be funny. They thought the audience wouldn’t have known the show was a comedy. Today, if you get the DVD version of the show, you can turn off the laughs.
This slide can be taken in any way you want to take it, but because there were not that many Korean actors around when this show was being filmed, the producers just hired a number of people of Asian descent to play the roles of Koreans. There was a mix of different types of Asians in the series, but all of them were portraying Koreans.
There was a Chinese-American, a Japanese woman, and a Japanese American. There was only one real Korean actor playing the role of a Korean. This lets you know how diverse Hollywood was back in the day, and even still, there are not that many Korean actors today.