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Chappelle's Show was a sketch comedy show on the Comedy Central network created by and starring stand up comedian Dave Chappelle. In many ways the show was groundbreaking in the way that it addressed social issues in a satirical and comedic way, especially when it came to race, specifically the African American community.

Chappelle, one of the great black comedians of his time, was masterful in the way that he approached sketches related to race, doing so in a way that worked to debunk racial stereotypes and mocked those who perpetuated those stereotypes. No other comedic television show pushed boundaries quite like Chappelle's Show did, as it was not afraid to offend people as long as it got its point across, all while being laugh out loud funny.

The show revolved around Chappelle, who would stand in front of a live audience and briefly perform stand up material while introducing the sketches, most of which he starred in himself portraying a variety of characters, many of whom represented a stereotype he intended to poke fun at. In addition to Chappelle, the show featured a wide array of guest stars, both comedians and musicians, who were all happy to contribute to Chappelle's Show and play a role in the cultural phenomenon that the show became. The show created a seemingly endless amount of catch phrases, characters, and moments that are still remembered and referenced by viewers of the show to this day.

Unfortunately, during taping of the show's third season, Chappelle became burned out during production, as some say he had a nervous breakdown. Chappelle had become increasingly disenchanted with the show and was no longer sure if his audience, especially the large caucasian sect of his audience, were laughing with him or at him. He was no longer certain that his brilliant social commentary was resonating with the audience and that perhaps it was getting lost amongst all the trendy catchphrases. In essence, Chappelle's Show grew too big too fast and Chappelle himself was eventually crushed under the weight of the show's success. The fact that the show lasted for merely two seasons and a small part of a third is a shame, but the material that Chappelle produced in that time remains as relevant as it is hilarious, and it should never be forgotten.

Chappelle's Show is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on January 22, 2003.

Where do I stream Chappelle's Show online? Chappelle's Show is available for streaming on Comedy Central, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Chappelle's Show on demand at HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Comedy Central, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV online.

Comedy Central
3 Seasons, 28 Episodes
January 22, 2003
Comedy
8.8/10
Cast: Charlie Murphy, Donnell Rawlings, Paul Mooney, Mos Def, Dave Chappelle
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Chappelle's Show Full Episode Guide

  • Dave finally gets his chance to meet the great and powerful Show Business, and introduces us to a group of monsters victimized by discrimination.

  • Dave screams his way across the campaign trail as Howard Dean, gets into a fight as Gary Coleman, and tries to ignore the racial stereotype pixies that follow him everywhere he goes.

  • Dave's got a big new contract and sets out to get revenge on all those who have wronged him, while everyone else tries to charge him more money for everything now that he's rich.

  • Wayne Brady replaces Dave on his own show and takes him for a menacing ride, also Tyrone Biggums returns as a guest on Fear Factor.

  • Dave reveals sketches that were too wrong for TV, including a visit to Nelson Mandela's bootcamp for teens and a world where everyone is gay; musical performance by Kanye West & Mos Def.

  • Dave takes a closer look at the Diddy-driven show "Making da Band" and premieres his new puppet show, "Kneehigh Park." Musical Performance by: Snoop Dogg

  • Dave takes a closer look at the Diddy-driven show "Making da Band" and premieres his new puppet show Kneehigh Park; musical performance by Snoop Dogg.

  • Dave considers what life is like for rap sensation Lil' Jon and imagines how sleazy the Internet would look if it were a real place. Musical Performance by: Anthony Hamilton.

  • Dave introduces The Love Contract and the first of Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories featuring Rick James.

  • Dave explores the myth that white people can't dance and charts his own emotional growth at ages 18, 24, and 30; musical performance by John Mayer & Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.

  • Dave plays the watermelon-shooting Black Gallagher and introduces the Niggar Family; Paul Mooney guest stars as "Negrodamus."

  • Dave debuts Samuel Jackson beer, shows us how much cooler life would be if everything were in slow motion and reveals the latest picks in "The Racial Draft."

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