We at MWTVG have talked about shows that use a laugh track as a sign that the comedy writing on the show might not be that strong and a laugh track is needed to help tell people where the jokes are.
It seems that a laugh track is much more powerful than that even. Used properly, a laugh track can almost be as powerful and music added to the show. A laugh track has the power to change how you view a scene. Don’t believe me? Watch this clip from Matin Comedy that puts a SEINFELD laugh track over scenes from the decidedly un-funny GAME OF THRONES:
I understand more now why TV Producers put a laugh track in on their shows. It can change everything about the show. It doesn’t make it better, but at least I understand their decision process a bit more now.