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
Ballers
Ballers
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Glee
Glee
Suits
Suits
Insecure
Insecure
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
A Different World
A Different World
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Psych
Psych
Family Guy
Family Guy
Vice Principals
Vice Principals
Weeds
Weeds
The Game
The Game
This Is Us
This Is Us
Frasier
Frasier
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Two and a Half Men
South Park
Young Sheldon
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Red Band Society
American Dad!
Shameless (UK)
All Def Comedy
Girls
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Martin
Chrisley Knows Best
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Big Mouth
Roseanne
Episodes
Bob's Burgers
Fuller House
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Being Mary Jane
Silicon Valley
Alf
The Office
Sanford and Son
Magic Funhouse
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Modern Family
The Orville
Take My Wife
Drunk History
New Girl
Midsomer Murders
EXO Next Door
Friends
Orange is the New Black
Good Times
Family Time
Hung
Black-ish
She's Gotta Have It
How I Met Your Mother
Boys Over Flowers
Trailer Park Boys
The Good Place
Project MC2
Cheers
United States of Tara
Family Ties
Miranda
Survivor's Remorse
Eastbound and Down
Ash vs Evil Dead
Parks and Recreation
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mom
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
High Maintenance
Everybody Loves Raymond
Will & Grace
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Middle
Claws
M*A*S*H
Henry Danger
Full House
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Black Clover
Meet the Browns
Here We Go Again
2 Broke Girls
Desperate Housewives
All in the Family
H8TERS
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Real Time with Bill Maher
Married...with Children
The Steve Harvey Show
Gilligan's Island
Younger
The Mick