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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Ballers
Ballers
Insecure
Insecure
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
Suits
Suits
Weeds
Weeds
Magic Funhouse
Magic Funhouse
H8TERS
H8TERS
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Girls
Girls
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
The Fosters
The Fosters
American Dad!
American Dad!
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Claws
Claws
Glee
Glee
A Different World
A Different World
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
High Maintenance
High Maintenance
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
How I Met Your Mother
The Grand Tour
Survivor's Remorse
Entourage
Silicon Valley
Roseanne
HarmonQuest
The Andy Griffith Show
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Simpsons
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Cheers
Boys Over Flowers
Hung
Gavin and Stacey
Chappelle's Show
Episodes
Orange is the New Black
Shameless (UK)
Younger
Martin
Chuck
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Eastbound and Down
Take My Wife
Frasier
South Park
Midsomer Murders
EXO Next Door
Two and a Half Men
Only Fools and Horses
Family Guy
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Vice Principals
For Better or Worse
Psych
Modern Family
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Veep
The Office (UK)
Keeping up Appearances
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ash vs Evil Dead
Fawlty Towers
The Middle
Workaholics
Toradora!
This Is Us
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Henry Danger
Love Thy Neighbor
Red Band Society
Drunk History
El Negocio
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
House of Lies
Reno 911!
Futurama
Vicious
High School DxD
Meet the Browns
Good Times
Friends
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Telenovela
Will & Grace
Parks and Recreation
Atlanta
The Dukes of Hazzard
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Violetta
The Inbetweeners
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Awkward.
Full House
Sanford and Son
Project MC2
Lab Rats: Elite Force
The Carrie Diaries
Lab Rats