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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Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
American Dad!
American Dad!
Girls
Girls
Ballers
Ballers
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Chappelle's Show
Chappelle's Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Glee
Glee
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Episodes
Episodes
Suits
Suits
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Frasier
Frasier
Weeds
Weeds
Tosh.0
Tosh.0
Insecure
Insecure
Hung
Hung
Fuller House
Fuller House
Red Band Society
Shameless (UK)
Schitt's Creek
Psych
Hunter Street
Reno 911!
Awkward.
Family Guy
The Trip
Rick and Morty
Workaholics
Two and a Half Men
M*A*S*H
Midsomer Murders
Chuck
Californication
Nurse Jackie
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
The Grand Tour
Sanford and Son
Friends
Monk
Martin
Drunk History
Love Thy Neighbor
Modern Family
This Is Us
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Veep
Dave Chappelle
How I Met Your Mother
The Inbetweeners
New Girl
The Middle
Boys Over Flowers
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Being Mary Jane
The Simpsons
Brockmire
Cheers
High Maintenance
Silicon Valley
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead Like Me
The Office (UK)
Family Ties
The Office
Orange is the New Black
Baby Daddy
Survivor's Remorse
Project MC2
Parks and Recreation
Ouran High School Host Club
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
HarmonQuest
The Cyanide & Happiness Show
Meet the Browns
Chrisley Knows Best
The Mick
Atlanta
High School DxD
Trailer Park Boys
Ex-Boyfriend
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Happy Endings
Eastbound and Down
All in the Family
Full House
Henry Danger
Bob's Burgers
Last Man Standing
Everybody Loves Raymond
Father Knows Best
Car 54, Where Are You?
Summer Heights High
Petticoat Junction
Lab Rats
Vice Principals
EXO Next Door
Black-ish