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
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Glee
Glee
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
Family Guy
Family Guy
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
The Game
The Game
Parenthood
Parenthood
Modern Family
Modern Family
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
New Girl
New Girl
South Park
South Park
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Middle
The Middle
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Girls
Girls
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Awkward.
Awkward.
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Wilfred
Wilfred
Victorious
Victorious
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Schitt's Creek
Schitt's Creek
Friends
Friends
Black-ish
Black-ish
Martin
Martin
Community
Community
High School DxD
High School DxD
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
American Dad
American Dad
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Jessie
Jessie
Entourage
Entourage
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Full House
Full House
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Episodes
Episodes
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Workaholics
Workaholics
Broad City
Broad City
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
NBC New Fall Shows
NBC New Fall Shows
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Three's Company
Three's Company
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
The Office
The Office
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The League
The League
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Futurama
Futurama
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Undateable (NBC)
Undateable (NBC)
Looking
Looking
Green Acres
Green Acres
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Faking It
Faking It
Sirens
Sirens
Cougar Town
Cougar Town
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Family Matters
Family Matters
Weeds
Weeds
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Monk
Monk
Friendzone
Friendzone
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Bewitched
Bewitched
Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
Good Times
Good Times
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
All in the Family
All in the Family
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Mom
Mom
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
Co-Ed Confidential
Co-Ed Confidential
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Mama's Family
Mama's Family
Dream High
Dream High
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Psych
Psych
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Loiter Squad
Loiter Squad
Pramface
Pramface
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
Soap
Soap
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
Greek
Greek
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Superjail!
Superjail!
How to Rock
How to Rock
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
True Jackson, VP
True Jackson, VP
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Run's House
Run's House
The Heart, She Holler
The Heart, She Holler
The Man Show
The Man Show
Good Witch
Good Witch
Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
King Of The Hill
King Of The Hill
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
Jonah From Tonga
Jonah From Tonga
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Nip/Tuck
Nip/Tuck
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
@midnight
@midnight
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
America's Funniest Home Videos: Kid Favorites
America's Funniest Home Videos: Kid Favorites
Sonny With A Chance
Sonny With A Chance
House of Lies
House of Lies
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Man's Best Friend
Man's Best Friend
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
Mystery Diners
Mystery Diners
Buckwild
Buckwild
My Three Sons
My Three Sons
Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers
Reaper
Reaper
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Goldbergs (ABC)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By
Silent Library
Silent Library
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lucas Brothers Moving Co.
Lucas Brothers Moving Co.
Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club
MadTV
MadTV
Happy Days
Happy Days
Outsourced
Outsourced
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
Roast of Flavor Flav
Roast of Flavor Flav
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
Snack-Off
Snack-Off
Chappelle's Show
Chappelle's Show
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
LEGO Star Wars
LEGO Star Wars
My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire
Arrested Development
Arrested Development
One Big Happy
One Big Happy
Pushing Daisies
Pushing Daisies
Will & Grace
Will & Grace
The Soul Man
The Soul Man
Remington Steele
Remington Steele
Roseanne
Roseanne
The King of Queens
The King of Queens
In Living Color
In Living Color
Californication
Californication
My Wife and Kids
My Wife and Kids
Chuck
Chuck
Gavin and Stacey
Gavin and Stacey
Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
Mighty Med
Mighty Med
Not Going Out
Not Going Out