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