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
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Glee
Glee
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
The Game
The Game
Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
Family Guy
Family Guy
Parenthood
Parenthood
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Modern Family
Modern Family
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
New Girl
New Girl
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
South Park
South Park
The Middle
The Middle
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Awkward.
Awkward.
Full House
Full House
Girls
Girls
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Black-ish
Black-ish
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Wilfred
Wilfred
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project
Jessie
Jessie
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
MTV2's Guy Code
MTV2's Guy Code
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Friends
Friends
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Victorious
Victorious
High School DxD
High School DxD
American Dad
American Dad
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Broad City
Broad City
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Faking It
Faking It
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Workaholics
Workaholics
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Entourage
Entourage
Rob & Big
Rob & Big
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Melissa & Joey
Melissa & Joey
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
The League
The League
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Green Acres
Green Acres
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood
About a Boy
About a Boy
Episodes
Episodes
The IT Crowd
The IT Crowd
Bewitched
Bewitched
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Three's Company
Three's Company
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Lately
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Friendzone
Friendzone
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Key & Peele
Key & Peele
Misfits
Misfits
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Futurama
Futurama
Mystery Diners
Mystery Diners
Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
Galavant
Galavant
Good Times
Good Times
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
All in the Family
All in the Family