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
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Glee
Glee
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Family Guy
Family Guy
Wilfred
Wilfred
New Girl
New Girl
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Awkward.
Awkward.
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
High School DxD
High School DxD
Psych
Psych
Modern Family
Modern Family
South Park
South Park
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
The Middle
The Middle
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Friends
Friends
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
American Dad
American Dad
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
The Game
The Game
Victorious
Victorious
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Full House
Full House
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Jessie
Jessie
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Welcome to Sweden
Welcome to Sweden
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Parenthood
Parenthood
Friendzone
Friendzone
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Entourage
Entourage
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
The League
The League
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
Suburgatory
Suburgatory
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Three's Company
Three's Company
Hot In Cleveland
Hot In Cleveland
Loiter Squad
Loiter Squad
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Green Acres
Green Acres
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Californication
Californication
Skip Beat!
Skip Beat!
The Office
The Office
Monk
Monk
All in the Family
All in the Family
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns
Toradora!
Toradora!
Run's House
Run's House
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Workaholics
Workaholics
Episodes
Episodes
Drunk History
Drunk History
@midnight
@midnight
Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
Faking It
Faking It
Yo Momma
Yo Momma
Raising Hope
Raising Hope
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Buckwild
Buckwild
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
Weeds
Weeds
Major Dad
Major Dad
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Soap
Soap
Girls
Girls
Mister Ed
Mister Ed
Boys over flowers
Boys over flowers
The King of Queens
The King of Queens