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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Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Family Guy
Family Guy
The Game
The Game
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
South Park
South Park
Glee
Glee
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Modern Family
Modern Family
Entourage
Entourage
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Camp
Camp
Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement
The Middle
The Middle
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Friends
Friends
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Awkward.
Awkward.
New Girl
New Girl
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Victorious
Victorious
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
American Dad
American Dad
Parenthood
Parenthood
Martin
Martin
Veep
Veep
Frasier
Frasier
Cheers
Cheers
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
The Office
The Office
King Of The Hill
King Of The Hill
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Teen Beach 2
Teen Beach 2
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
Married...with Children
Married...with Children
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Full House
Full House
Jessie
Jessie
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Younger
Younger
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Community
Community
Metalocalypse
Metalocalypse
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
@midnight
@midnight
Monk
Monk
Scrubs
Scrubs
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
Family Ties
Family Ties
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Psych
Psych
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
That Girl
That Girl
High School DxD
High School DxD
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Girls
Girls
How to Rock
How to Rock
Ballers
Ballers
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
George Lopez
George Lopez
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Black-ish
Black-ish
The Haunted Hathaways
The Haunted Hathaways
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Weeds
Weeds
Sonny With A Chance
Sonny With A Chance
30 Rock
30 Rock
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Three's Company
Three's Company
Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Episodes
Episodes
The Last Man On Earth
The Last Man On Earth
Cougar Town
Cougar Town
The League
The League
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Workaholics
Workaholics