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
Glee
Glee
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Wilfred
Wilfred
Family Guy
Family Guy
Awkward.
Awkward.
New Girl
New Girl
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
High School DxD
High School DxD
Modern Family
Modern Family
Psych
Psych
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
South Park
South Park
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Friends
Friends
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
The Game
The Game
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
The Middle
The Middle
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Welcome to Sweden
Welcome to Sweden
Victorious
Victorious
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Full House
Full House
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
American Dad
American Dad
Parenthood
Parenthood
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
Jessie
Jessie
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Friendzone
Friendzone
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Entourage
Entourage
Californication
Californication
Drunk History
Drunk History
Faking It
Faking It
Skip Beat!
Skip Beat!
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Loiter Squad
Loiter Squad
Green Acres
Green Acres
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
Workaholics
Workaholics
Run's House
Run's House
The Office
The Office
Boys over flowers
Boys over flowers
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
The League
The League
Toradora!
Toradora!
Three's Company
Three's Company
Girls
Girls
Suburgatory
Suburgatory
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Veep
Veep
Episodes
Episodes
Monk
Monk
Weeds
Weeds
@midnight
@midnight
Futurama
Futurama
Raising Hope
Raising Hope
All in the Family
All in the Family
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Buckwild
Buckwild
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Good Times
Good Times
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Nip/Tuck
Nip/Tuck
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show