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
Family Guy
Family Guy
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
Friends
Friends
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
American Dad
American Dad
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Glee
Glee
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
The Office
The Office
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
South Park
South Park
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
The Middle
The Middle
Parenthood
Parenthood
King Of The Hill
King Of The Hill
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
Californication
Californication
Weeds
Weeds
Married...with Children
Married...with Children
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Modern Family
Modern Family
Psych
Psych
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
The Game
The Game
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Family Matters
Family Matters
Full House
Full House
Community
Community
New Girl
New Girl
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
Futurama
Futurama
Entourage
Entourage
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
The League
The League
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
Monk
Monk
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Martin
Martin
Jessie
Jessie
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Cougar Town
Cougar Town
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Workaholics
Workaholics
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Victorious
Victorious
Awkward.
Awkward.
My Wife and Kids
My Wife and Kids
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Nip/Tuck
Nip/Tuck
Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
Greek
Greek
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Girls
Girls
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Mom
Mom
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
House of Lies
House of Lies
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
@midnight
@midnight
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Faking It
Faking It
Episodes
Episodes
Black-ish
Black-ish
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
Outsourced
Outsourced
Superjail!
Superjail!
All in the Family
All in the Family
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Sirens
Sirens
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Make It Pop
Make It Pop
High School DxD
High School DxD
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Good Witch
Good Witch
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Loiter Squad
Loiter Squad
Three's Company
Three's Company
Cristela
Cristela
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Sonny With A Chance
Sonny With A Chance
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Younger
Younger
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Veep
Veep
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
How to Rock
How to Rock
The Man Show
The Man Show
Friendzone
Friendzone
The Goldbergs (ABC)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Undateable (NBC)
Undateable (NBC)
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
Good Times
Good Times
Bewitched
Bewitched
WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy
Green Acres
Green Acres
George Lopez
George Lopez
One Big Happy
One Big Happy
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Toradora!
Toradora!
Schitt's Creek
Schitt's Creek
Rob & Big
Rob & Big
Wilfred
Wilfred
Miranda
Miranda
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Run's House
Run's House
The Aquabats Super Show
The Aquabats Super Show
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Dream High
Dream High
The King of Queens
The King of Queens
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Mann & Wife
Mann & Wife
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Co-Ed Confidential
Co-Ed Confidential
Lucas Brothers Moving Co.
Lucas Brothers Moving Co.
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
True Jackson, VP
True Jackson, VP
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
Reaper
Reaper
Haikyu!!
Haikyu!!
Deadbeat
Deadbeat
Mama's Family
Mama's Family
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Jonah From Tonga
Jonah From Tonga
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
A Different World
A Different World
Bad Judge
Bad Judge
MadTV
MadTV
The Troop
The Troop
Inside Amy Schumer
Inside Amy Schumer
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Buckwild
Buckwild
Looking
Looking
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Kanokon
Kanokon
Yo Momma
Yo Momma
Webster
Webster
Happy Days
Happy Days
Pramface
Pramface
America's Supernanny
America's Supernanny
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
I Didn't Do It (Disney Channel)
I Didn't Do It (Disney Channel)
Broad City
Broad City
How to Make It in America
How to Make It in America
Silent Library
Silent Library
Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors
The Big C
The Big C
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
MANswers
MANswers
About a Boy
About a Boy