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
Glee
Glee
Family Guy
Family Guy
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
New Girl
New Girl
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Modern Family
Modern Family
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Awkward.
Awkward.
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Wilfred
Wilfred
How to Build a Better Boy
How to Build a Better Boy
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Psych
Psych
South Park
South Park
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing
Friends
Friends
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
High School DxD
High School DxD
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
The League
The League
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
The Game
The Game
American Dad
American Dad
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Faking It
Faking It
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Veep
Veep
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
The Middle
The Middle
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Jessie
Jessie
Victorious
Victorious
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Three's Company
Three's Company
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Full House
Full House
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Boys over flowers
Boys over flowers
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Entourage
Entourage
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Parenthood
Parenthood
The Awesomes
The Awesomes
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Friendzone
Friendzone
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Californication
Californication
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Weeds
Weeds
Workaholics
Workaholics
All in the Family
All in the Family
Raising Hope
Raising Hope
The Office
The Office
Bewitched
Bewitched
Katt Williams: Priceless
Katt Williams: Priceless
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Girls
Girls
Monk
Monk
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
Green Acres
Green Acres
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Vicious
Vicious
The King of Queens
The King of Queens
Welcome to Sweden
Welcome to Sweden
F Troop
F Troop
Futurama
Futurama
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Drunk History
Drunk History
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl