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
Black-ish
Black-ish
Awkward.
Awkward.
Modern Family
Modern Family
Parenthood
Parenthood
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Glee
Glee
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
South Park
South Park
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Faking It
Faking It
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
New Girl
New Girl
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
The Middle
The Middle
High School DxD
High School DxD
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
The Game
The Game
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Friends
Friends
The League
The League
Psych
Psych
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Cristela
Cristela
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
All in the Family
All in the Family
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jessie
Jessie
Selfie
Selfie
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Wilfred
Wilfred
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
American Dad
American Dad
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Bad Judge
Bad Judge
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Entourage
Entourage
My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Victorious
Victorious
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Three's Company
Three's Company
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Green Acres
Green Acres
Friendzone
Friendzone
Girls
Girls
Toradora!
Toradora!
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Full House
Full House
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Monk
Monk
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
How to Build a Better Boy
How to Build a Better Boy
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy
About a Boy
About a Boy
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
The Office
The Office
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Workaholics
Workaholics
Bewitched
Bewitched
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
The King of Queens
The King of Queens
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Good Times
Good Times
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
The Goldbergs (ABC)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Mama's Family
Mama's Family
Black Jesus
Black Jesus