There are few things as soothing during a pandemic (or anytime) as sitcoms. These slices of someone else’s (usually much funnier) daily life are the perfect escape—where all problems can be neatly resolved within 22 minutes. Part of the sitcom comfort factor involves sitting in your home watching your favorite characters in their homes: It somehow feels intimate. And whether or not we realize it, our personal interior design styles are likely influenced by at least one of our favorite shows.
If you’ve admired the decor of a sitcom set at some point over the past 35 years, then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with John Shaffner’s work. The Emmy Award–winning production designer and art director is responsible for some of the most iconic sitcom sets of all time, including Monica’s apartment on Friends, the Golden Girls’ living room, and Charlie Sheen’s (and later Ashton Kutcher’s)