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
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
New Girl
New Girl
Glee
Glee
Family Guy
Family Guy
Awkward.
Awkward.
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Modern Family
Modern Family
The League
The League
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
South Park
South Park
High School DxD
High School DxD
The Game
The Game
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Psych
Psych
Faking It
Faking It
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Friends
Friends
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Wilfred
Wilfred
The Middle
The Middle
How to Build a Better Boy
How to Build a Better Boy
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
American Dad
American Dad
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Katt Williams: Priceless
Katt Williams: Priceless
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jessie
Jessie
Entourage
Entourage
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Three's Company
Three's Company
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
All in the Family
All in the Family
Full House
Full House
Victorious
Victorious
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Friendzone
Friendzone
Parenthood
Parenthood
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Webster
Webster
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Girls
Girls
Veep
Veep
Monk
Monk
Workaholics
Workaholics
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Boys over flowers
Boys over flowers
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Mister Ed
Mister Ed
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Raising Hope
Raising Hope
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
Californication
Californication
Weeds
Weeds
Good Times
Good Times
Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
The Office
The Office
Candid Camera
Candid Camera
Black Jesus
Black Jesus
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing
Drunk History
Drunk History
Soap
Soap
Toradora!
Toradora!
The King of Queens
The King of Queens