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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Insecure
Insecure
Ballers
Ballers
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
Suits
Suits
Weeds
Weeds
Magic Funhouse
Magic Funhouse
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Vice Principals
Vice Principals
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
The Orville
The Orville
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
Glee
Glee
H8TERS
H8TERS
Girls
Girls
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
A Different World
A Different World
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
The Fosters
This Is Us
Family Guy
The Andy Griffith Show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Midsomer Murders
American Dad!
Claws
Two and a Half Men
Real Time with Bill Maher
Keeping up Appearances
Will & Grace
Only Fools and Horses
Hung
The Simpsons
Roseanne
South Park
American Vandal
Martin
Episodes
High Maintenance
Modern Family
Frasier
Chappelle's Show
Reno 911!
Eastbound and Down
Psych
Gavin and Stacey
Drunk History
You're the Worst
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Younger
Mann & Wife
Fuller House
Red Band Society
Project MC2
Friends
The Grand Tour
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Last Man Standing
Parks and Recreation
Boys Over Flowers
People of Earth
El Negocio
Workaholics
Toradora!
Sanford and Son
Trailer Park Boys
The Middle
M*A*S*H
Animals.
Everybody Loves Raymond
For Better or Worse
Good Times
Silicon Valley
Peep Show
Veep
The Office
Chrisley Knows Best
New Girl
Black-ish
Here's Lucy
Entourage
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
United States of Tara
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Full House
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Desperate Housewives
Broad City
The Office (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Henry Danger
Meet the Browns
As Time Goes By
Married...with Children
BoJack Horseman
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Telenovela