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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The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Family Guy
Family Guy
Big Mouth
Big Mouth
Cobra Kai
Cobra Kai
Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare
Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare
Martin
Martin
This Is Us
This Is Us
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Dupur Thakurpo
Dupur Thakurpo
The Good Place
The Good Place
Friends
Friends
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Mom
Mom
South Park
South Park
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
High School DxD
High School DxD
Little Things
Little Things
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
grown-ish
grown-ish
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
The Office
The Office
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Kidding
Kidding
Suits
Suits
Californication
Californication
Modern Family
Modern Family
New Girl
New Girl
Atlanta
Atlanta
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Conners
The Conners
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Claws
Claws
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
The Rookie
The Rookie
The Paynes
The Paynes
The Ranch
The Ranch
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Insatiable
Insatiable
Black-ish
Black-ish
Joey
Joey
American Dad!
American Dad!
The Fosters
The Fosters
Adam Ruins Everything
Adam Ruins Everything
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Community
Community
On My Block
On My Block
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Comicstaan
Comicstaan
The Game
The Game
Splitting Up Together
Splitting Up Together
Glee
Glee
7 Little Johnstons
7 Little Johnstons
Full House
Full House
A Different World
A Different World
Married...with Children
Married...with Children
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Fuller House
Fuller House
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Bunk'd
Bunk'd
How to Rock
How to Rock
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Insecure
Insecure
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Reno 911!
Reno 911!
Foursome
Foursome
The Office (UK)
The Office (UK)
Good Times
Good Times
Psych
Psych
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
George Lopez
George Lopez
Just Another Immigrant
Just Another Immigrant
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
The Kominsky Method
The Kominsky Method
Paradise PD
Paradise PD
All in the Family
All in the Family
Friday Night Dinner
Friday Night Dinner
Imposters
Imposters
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden
Knight Squad
Knight Squad
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Younger
Younger
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
Magic Funhouse
Magic Funhouse
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Family Matters
Family Matters
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies