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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Ballers
Ballers
Family Guy
Family Guy
Girls
Girls
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Fuller House
Fuller House
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Episodes
Episodes
Victorious
Victorious
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Awkward.
Awkward.
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
South Park
South Park
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Telenovela
Telenovela
Veep
Veep
Full House
Full House
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
The Game
The Game
Faking It
Faking It
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Martin
Martin
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Modern Family
Modern Family
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Weeds
Weeds
High School DxD
High School DxD
New Girl
New Girl
Good Witch
Good Witch
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Threesome
Threesome
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Hung
Hung
Entourage
Entourage
Glee
Glee
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
The Middle
The Middle
Black-ish
Black-ish
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Friends
Friends
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Walk the Prank
Walk the Prank
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Jessie
Jessie
All in the Family
All in the Family
Monk
Monk
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Brickleberry
Brickleberry
American Dad!
American Dad!
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
House of Lies
House of Lies
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle
Jonah From Tonga
Jonah From Tonga
Violetta
Violetta
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Stuck in the Middle
Stuck in the Middle
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Happy Days
Happy Days
Californication
Californication
El Negocio
El Negocio
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Good Times
Good Times
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Younger
Younger
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Community
Community
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show