Comedy TV Shows

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About Comedy

The unifying characteristic of TV comedy programs is, of course, humor. Humor has been an important part of television programming since the beginning of the medium, when early variety shows pulled performers and types of performances from popular theater and vaudeville shows. The comedy genre has remained a staple of TV programming as it has evolved into a variety of different forms, including situation comedies, sketch comedy shows and comedic talk shows.

The situation comedy, or sitcom, was the most popular and influential type of TV comedy during the last half of the twentieth century. Unlike variety shows, which featured a series of stand-alone, unconnected comedy vignettes, sitcoms feature recurring characters in settings and contexts that remained constant from episode to episode; in some sitcoms, ongoing story arcs span multiple episodes. A common format was developed for sitcoms-multiple cameras, a standard half-hour length, often filmed in front of a live audience-and that format is still commonly used in current sitcoms.

The comedy-drama form was pioneered in the later part of the twentieth century. These shows combine comedic elements with more serious situations that are not played for laughs. The format of comedy-drama programs typically differs from that of a sitcom-no live audience or laugh track, an hour in length, more complex editing-and the situations in comedy-drama shows tend to be more realistic and less absurd than those in sitcoms.

The variety show evolved into a number of other comedic program forms. Sketch comedy shows, in which a series of unrelated vignettes are presented, were especially popular in the 1970s and 1980s; series such as "Saturday Night Live" draw on current events and popular culture for their satiric sketches. The comedic current-events talk show rose in popularity at the beginning of this century; shows led by hosts such as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert use comedy as a forum for discussion of political issues and events in the news.

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Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Glee
Glee
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Parenthood
Parenthood
Family Guy
Family Guy
The Game
The Game
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Modern Family
Modern Family
New Girl
New Girl
South Park
South Park
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Galavant
Galavant
Broad City
Broad City
Girls
Girls
Workaholics
Workaholics
The Middle
The Middle
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Awkward.
Awkward.
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
Full House
Full House
Wilfred
Wilfred
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Black-ish
Black-ish
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Entourage
Entourage
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Friends
Friends
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Remington Steele
Remington Steele
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
Victorious
Victorious
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Friendzone
Friendzone
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jessie
Jessie
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Faking It
Faking It
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
High School DxD
High School DxD
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
American Dad
American Dad
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Mom
Mom
The League
The League
Futurama
Futurama
Green Acres
Green Acres
Three's Company
Three's Company
Episodes
Episodes
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
Manhattan Love Story
Manhattan Love Story
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Misfits
Misfits
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Bad Judge
Bad Judge
Selfie
Selfie
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
The Office
The Office
Psych
Psych
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
House of Lies
House of Lies
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Transparent
Transparent
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Good Times
Good Times
All in the Family
All in the Family
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Rob & Big
Rob & Big
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd
A to Z
A to Z
Lip Service
Lip Service