Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience. I've just finished watching the entirety (at least available on Netflix) in the last couple years. There are scenes overseas, in airplanes, in characters' houses, even in Sam/Rebecca's office.

Does filming in front of an audience only mean the part in the bar? How much is canned laughter versus audience-prompted laughter?

Cheers for any explanations.

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    Worth noting that just because a scene takes place in an airplane doesn't mean it was filmed inside a real airplane. It could have been a set on a sound stage, filmed with a live studio audience off camera.
    – Steve-O
    Dec 29 '16 at 2:49
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    @Steve-O - yes, I understand that; I was wondering to what extent this show was actually performed in front of an audience stage-style (I think it would be cool to see). I think Roseanne was filmed as well on different stages: how do they accomplish all of these set changes, etc? This is a whole new concept to me.
    – Mikey
    Dec 29 '16 at 2:57
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    It is also possible that it was filmed and played before live audience later.
    – A J
    Dec 29 '16 at 5:18
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    @Mikey i.stack.imgur.com/1vASo.jpg multiple sets side by side.
    – cde
    Dec 29 '16 at 5:26
  • ... I just realized I wrote, "Cheers" for any explanations. It was not meant to be cheesy, but I'm keeping it.
    – Mikey
    Jun 9 '17 at 8:00

Just like any other show filmed in front of a live audience, only the fixed stage parts are filmed in front of an actual audience. The parts outside or special episodes are pre-filmed and maybe shown to the audience between the regular set parts. This is how Fresh Prince and the Big Bang Theory are done, and how every other live sitcom is filmed.

See Show recorded in front of public: how does it work? for more info.


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