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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Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
The Game
The Game
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Family Guy
Family Guy
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Teen Beach 2
Teen Beach 2
Ballers
Ballers
Awkward.
Awkward.
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
South Park
South Park
Modern Family
Modern Family
Martin
Martin
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
New Girl
New Girl
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle
Parenthood
Parenthood
Victorious
Victorious
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Middle
The Middle
Glee
Glee
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Friends
Friends
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Full House
Full House
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Community
Community
Jessie
Jessie
High School DxD
High School DxD
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Entourage
Entourage
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Friendzone
Friendzone
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Three's Company
Three's Company
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
That Girl
That Girl
Mighty Med
Mighty Med
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Sonny With A Chance
Sonny With A Chance
Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
George Lopez
George Lopez
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing
The League
The League
How to Rock
How to Rock
American Dad
American Dad
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
High Maintenance
High Maintenance
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Run's House
Run's House
Family Matters
Family Matters
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Faking It
Faking It
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
The Office
The Office
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Monk
Monk
Welcome to Sweden
Welcome to Sweden
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Black-ish
Black-ish
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Workaholics
Workaholics
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
All in the Family
All in the Family
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Inside Amy Schumer
Inside Amy Schumer
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code