In real life there are a lot of reasons to move out of your apartment: the rent is too high, your job is too far away, or you want to move in with your significant other. But when sitcom characters switch apartments the reasons are a bit more... creative.
Sitcom apartments are so easy to find that it makes sense for you and your friends to just gamble your apartment away on a whim. Got in an argument about who's a better superhero: Superman or Batman? Why not wager your home on it? Go ahead, switch up your living situation. It's not like there are contracts or taxes or legal documents of any kind tying you down!
Isn't it the worse when you move in a new apartment and a little misunderstanding when you first meet your neighbours blows up to a 4 year lie? Oh, you thought that guy who came in with me was my boyfriend? Well, don't sweat it, I'll just pretend to be gay for the entire duration of my living here. It's much easier than explaining the truth.
You could have the most perfect apartment in the city, with the cheapest rent possible, But oh my god, you just saw the bathroom door totally move by itself. The place must be haunted! But don't go on moving apartments just yet, there are a lot more ghostly shenanigans to be done. First, try communicating with the ghost. When that fails, try guessing its unfinished business. Only then, assuming you and your ghost aren't BFFs by now, you can move out.
Your apartment is pretty nice, but every sitcom building has that one magical apartment that is bigger and fancier than all the others but still costs the same. The trouble is it was taken for ages by the 118 year old tenant who refused to die. But suddenly -- they do! Now is your chance to sneak your way into taking over that sweet apartment, usually by convincing the deceased's family members you were the only person in the world they had a heartfelt connection with.
Nothing like finding a new apartment, packing, moving and unpacking again to lighten up a boring afternoon. Sitcom characters can move out whenever with no consequences. Had a fun night with your best friend? Go ahead and move in with them, it'll be a blast. It didn't work out? Whatever, move back. Your old apartment is just waiting for you. No big deal, moving is like what? 21 minutes? 42 tops if it's a two part episode.
These offers pop up all the time, don't they? Someone really really rich just found out that your apartment is the perfect place to open up their dream B&B/Casino/Restaurant and is willing to pay big bucks for you to clear it out. It really does sound like a sweet deal. But wait, is moving really worth it for a few hundred thousand dollars? Nah, your apartment is so sentimental. You've gone through so much in it. Moving would break your heart. Forget it, rich guy - no deal!
Sure, you don't really want to move right now. But, the show is ending, and it would really help us to have you move as a sentimental way to end the journey. Just leave your keys on the table (the next tenant will pick them up from there, obviously) and turn off the light before you step out. And don't forget to take a deep breath and look around one last time. It was a hell of a run, wasn't it? Now move out and start the boring part of your life that is not sitcom-worthy.