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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Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Insecure
Insecure
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Drunk History
Drunk History
Suits
Suits
Episodes
Episodes
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Glee
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
This Is Us
This Is Us
Victorious
Victorious
Awkward.
Awkward.
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Family Guy
Family Guy
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Ballers
Ballers
Weeds
Weeds
Threesome
Threesome
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Co-Ed Confidential
Co-Ed Confidential
Martin
Martin
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Fuller House
Fuller House
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
South Park
South Park
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Girls
Girls
Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Psych
Psych
High Maintenance
High Maintenance
Silvana Sin Lana
Silvana Sin Lana
Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers
Hung
Hung
The Game
The Game
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Frasier
Frasier
Modern Family
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Entourage
Entourage
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
EXO Next Door
EXO Next Door
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Workaholics
Workaholics
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
New Girl
New Girl
The Middle
The Middle
Younger
Younger
Full House
Full House
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Monk
Monk
Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Transparent
Transparent
Chemistry
Chemistry
Haters Back Off
Haters Back Off
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Friends
Friends
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Black-ish
Black-ish
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
That Girl
That Girl
Petticoat Junction
Petticoat Junction
Alf
Alf
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
Jonah From Tonga
Jonah From Tonga
High School DxD
High School DxD
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Atlanta
Atlanta
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Jessie
Jessie
The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners
Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives