Comedy TV Shows

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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Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Good Witch
Good Witch
Fuller House
Fuller House
Family Guy
Family Guy
Episodes
Episodes
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
South Park
South Park
Victorious
Victorious
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Full House
Full House
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
High School DxD
High School DxD
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Ballers
Ballers
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Glee
Glee
Martin
Martin
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Awkward.
Awkward.
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Friends
Friends
The Game
The Game
Weeds
Weeds
Modern Family
Modern Family
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Telenovela
Telenovela
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Monk
Monk
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Jessie
Jessie
Threesome
Threesome
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
American Dad!
American Dad!
The Middle
The Middle
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Girls
Girls
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
New Girl
New Girl
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
The Dude Perfect Show
The Dude Perfect Show
Schitt's Creek
Schitt's Creek
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Office
The Office
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
The Ellen Show
The Ellen Show
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Community
Community
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Violetta
Violetta
Toradora!
Toradora!
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Stuck in the Middle
Stuck in the Middle
Black-ish
Black-ish
Faking It
Faking It
Veep
Veep
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Jonah From Tonga
Jonah From Tonga
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Gavin and Stacey
Gavin and Stacey
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Good Times
Good Times
George Lopez
George Lopez
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Walk the Prank
Walk the Prank
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
House of Lies
House of Lies
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Mighty Med
Mighty Med
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine