n. A situation comedy in which the main characters are "slackers.
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Filming for a pilot TV show that could lead to a new comedy drama set in Bath becoming a fixture on our screens begins today. … And the working title, Whatever, reflects the feel of the drama, described by the production company as a situation 'slackcom'. Set in the city centre, it follows the colourful lives of the city's 20 -something 'slacker' community, as they busy themselves with doing as little as they can possibly get away with.
—“Now contemporary Bath is put in the TV spotlight,” Bath Chronicle, June 21, 1999
1999 (earliest)
In both Spaced and Bernadette Davies's The Wilsons, it transpires that the dramatist's previous muse, the disenfranchised, has become the equivalent for new comedy writers. Kevin Lygoe describes Spaced as a 'slack-com'. It brings together a disparate group of post-Generation Xers.
—Michael Collins, “Comic Turns,” The Observer, March 07, 1999
Slacker, "a person who shirks work or military duty, or avoids exertion," has been around since at least 1898. The newer sense, "a young person who is apathetic, underachieving, and directionless," was inspired by Richard Linklater's 1991 film "Slackers."
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