Tried looking up a "list of stakes" online for sitcom premises, and didn't find that much out there...
I knocked up a list of random sitcom favourites, to get an idea of the scope for series-wide stakes for the heroes...
Only Fools - financial security
Big Bang Theory - their relationship? and social standing (amongst their peers)
Cheers - Sam's financial security and his health
Father Ted - his sanity and his financial security and good standing and way of life
Good Life - their financial security
Ever Decreasing Circles and Keeping Up Appearances - their good standing
Dads Army - their way of life - their nation
Frasier - good standing and reputation and family and financial security
It resonated with a recent Seth Godin post about what it takes for someone to put something into action:
being left out
making someone proud
seen as special
taken care of
So the catch-all list of stakes I ended up with looks like this
Way of life
--> And/Or... The end of the hero's Dreams
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