Aristophanes wrote the first sit-com in 482 BC. It won the first Emmy.
It was hilarious. Lucy overhears Ricky and Fred Mertz talking about an expiring goldfish, (sick goat in the original) and she believes she is dying. Only they weren't named Lucy, Ricky, and Fred in the original: they were Electa, Aristo, and Mellios. Lucy (Electa) gives away her prize possessions. When she learns that she is not really dying the fun begins. She has to negotiate their return, and has to make horrible, to her, concessions. She has to give up smoking. (drinking mead in the original) and go a week without telling a lie (the same in the original.) You can imagine her consternation.
Of course you probably didn't see the original, but perhaps you remember the television version. It aired in 1952, and been seen in re-runs ever since.
Aristophanes would be proud.