I’ve been trying for the past week to figure out the most recent sitcom to receive a tie-in novel. It seems these days only dramas and the occasionally dramedy (like USA’s Monk or Psych on cable) get the tie-in treatment. That’s likely because it is much easier to translate a drama with a fixed format — a murder needs solving or an innocent man defending in the courtroom — than the situations and humor in a sitcom. In the past two decades shows like JAG, Dark Angel, The X-Files, CSI (and its spin-offs), Quantum Leap> and many others have had tie-in novels written. They’re all dramas, though, and many are science-fiction.
But what about the sitcoms? I’d like to, if possible, discount tie-in novels aimed at children. Someone has to remember seeing a book on the shelf, reading it or perhaps even writing it. What’s the most recent sitcom to have a tie-in novel? Hit the comments.