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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The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
South Park
South Park
Family Guy
Family Guy
New Girl
New Girl
Modern Family
Modern Family
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Glee
Glee
Awkward.
Awkward.
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Black-ish
Black-ish
Parenthood
Parenthood
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Faking It
Faking It
The Middle
The Middle
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Wilfred
Wilfred
Friends
Friends
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Full House
Full House
Selfie
Selfie
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Entourage
Entourage
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Psych
Psych
The Game
The Game
Friendzone
Friendzone
Jessie
Jessie
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
American Dad
American Dad
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
High School DxD
High School DxD
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
The League
The League
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Futurama
Futurama
Victorious
Victorious
Bewitched
Bewitched
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Mom
Mom
The Librarians
The Librarians
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
The Office
The Office
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
About a Boy
About a Boy
Green Acres
Green Acres
Good Times
Good Times
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
All in the Family
All in the Family
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Three's Company
Three's Company
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Episodes
Episodes
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
Moone Boy
Moone Boy
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Benched
Benched
Girls
Girls
Gavin and Stacey
Gavin and Stacey
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Manhattan Love Story
Manhattan Love Story
Ground Floor
Ground Floor
@midnight
@midnight
WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Misfits
Misfits
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl