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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Sex With Sunny Megatron
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Scream: The TV Series
Scream: The TV Series
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Family Guy
Family Guy
Ballers
Ballers
Episodes
Episodes
Weeds
Weeds
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Suits
Suits
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Victorious
Victorious
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Martin
Martin
Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie
Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy
Fuller House
Fuller House
South Park
South Park
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place
Every Witch Way
Every Witch Way
Full House
Full House
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Young & Hungry
Young & Hungry
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Sam & Cat
Sam & Cat
Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh
K.C. Undercover
K.C. Undercover
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Zoey 101
Zoey 101
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Glee
Glee
The Game
The Game
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Friends
Friends
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Silvana Sin Lana
Silvana Sin Lana
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
High School DxD
High School DxD
BrainDead
BrainDead
Jessie
Jessie
Awkward.
Awkward.
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
Modern Family
Modern Family
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Violetta
Violetta
Threesome
Threesome
Monk
Monk
Californication
Californication
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
Vice Principals
Vice Principals
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Telenovela
Telenovela
The Middle
The Middle
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Project MC2
Project MC2
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
New Girl
New Girl
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show
American Dad!
American Dad!
Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys
Good Witch
Good Witch
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Soap
Soap
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Faking It
Faking It
The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Crash & Bernstein
Crash & Bernstein
Walk the Prank
Walk the Prank
Family Matters
Family Matters
Yo Gabba Gabba
Yo Gabba Gabba
Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Shake It Up
Shake It Up
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Good Times
Good Times
Community
Community
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
All in the Family
All in the Family
Some Assembly Required
Some Assembly Required
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie