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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Episodes
Episodes
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Ballers
Ballers
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Suits
Suits
Weeds
Weeds
Family Guy
Family Guy
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Victorious
Victorious
Fuller House
Fuller House
South Park
South Park
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
High School DxD
High School DxD
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Full House
Full House
Martin
Martin
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
House of Lies
House of Lies
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Glee
Glee
Friends
Friends
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Good Witch
Good Witch
Monk
Monk
Telenovela
Telenovela
Californication
Californication
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Threesome
Threesome
The Middle
The Middle
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
The Game
The Game
Awkward.
Awkward.
Walk the Prank
Walk the Prank
Jessie
Jessie
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Violetta
Violetta
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Modern Family
Modern Family
Penn and Teller Bullshit
Penn and Teller Bullshit
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
New Girl
New Girl
American Dad!
American Dad!
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Faking It
Faking It
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Black-ish
Black-ish
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
Family Matters
Family Matters
Community
Community
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Girls
Girls
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
BrainDead
BrainDead
True Jackson, VP
True Jackson, VP
Absolutely Fabulous
Absolutely Fabulous
Crash & Bernstein
Crash & Bernstein
My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire
All in the Family
All in the Family
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Office
The Office
Stuck in the Middle
Stuck in the Middle
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Toradora!
Toradora!
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
Vice Principals
Vice Principals
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy