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
Family Guy
Family Guy
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Modern Family
Modern Family
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Parenthood
Parenthood
Awkward.
Awkward.
South Park
South Park
Glee
Glee
Faking It
Faking It
New Girl
New Girl
Black-ish
Black-ish
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
The Middle
The Middle
Selfie
Selfie
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Full House
Full House
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Friends
Friends
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Psych
Psych
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
High School DxD
High School DxD
The League
The League
Friendzone
Friendzone
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries
Wilfred
Wilfred
American Dad
American Dad
The Game
The Game
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jessie
Jessie
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Entourage
Entourage
Bewitched
Bewitched
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Victorious
Victorious
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Mom
Mom
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report
Green Acres
Green Acres
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
All in the Family
All in the Family
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Futurama
Futurama
The Office
The Office
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
@midnight
@midnight
Bad Judge
Bad Judge
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
About a Boy
About a Boy
Cristela
Cristela
Good Times
Good Times
Three's Company
Three's Company
Misfits
Misfits
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Girls
Girls
Moone Boy
Moone Boy
My Wife and Kids
My Wife and Kids
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Workaholics
Workaholics
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Miranda
Miranda
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba