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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Family Guy
Family Guy
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Martin
Martin
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
South Park
South Park
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Younger
Younger
Ballers
Ballers
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Make It Pop
Make It Pop
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
The Game
The Game
Victorious
Victorious
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Modern Family
Modern Family
New Girl
New Girl
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Full House
Full House
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Friends
Friends
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
The Middle
The Middle
Jessie
Jessie
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
American Dad
American Dad
High School DxD
High School DxD
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Black-ish
Black-ish
Awkward.
Awkward.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Telenovela
Telenovela
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Girls
Girls
Workaholics
Workaholics
Married by Mom and Dad
Married by Mom and Dad
Community
Community
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Glee
Glee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Monk
Monk
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Live with Kelly & Michael
Live with Kelly & Michael
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Good Times
Good Times
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Office
The Office
All in the Family
All in the Family
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Family Matters
Family Matters
Mama's Family
Mama's Family
Episodes
Episodes
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Superstore
Superstore
Galavant
Galavant
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Fuller House
Fuller House
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Entourage
Entourage
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Weeds
Weeds
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
Futurama
Futurama
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy