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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The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Family Guy
Family Guy
The Rookie
The Rookie
Big Mouth
Big Mouth
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Martin
Martin
Cobra Kai
Cobra Kai
Mom
Mom
The Orville
The Orville
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fuller House
Fuller House
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
The Good Place
The Good Place
Full House
Full House
Mrs. Brown's Boys
Mrs. Brown's Boys
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Dupur Thakurpo
Dupur Thakurpo
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
High School DxD
High School DxD
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
This Is Us
This Is Us
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
South Park
South Park
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Insatiable
Insatiable
Little Things
Little Things
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
The Office
The Office
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Claws
Claws
Alexa & Katie
Alexa & Katie
Kickin' It
Kickin' It
Suits
Suits
Friends
Friends
The Fosters
The Fosters
On My Block
On My Block
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
The Ranch
The Ranch
Modern Family
Modern Family
New Girl
New Girl
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
The Game
The Game
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
How to Rock
How to Rock
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Bunk'd
Bunk'd
Black-ish
Black-ish
Lab Rats
Lab Rats
Knight Squad
Knight Squad
Splitting Up Together
Splitting Up Together
Californication
Californication
Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor
Glee
Glee
Mighty Magiswords
Mighty Magiswords
Schitt's Creek
Schitt's Creek
The Conners
The Conners
American Dad!
American Dad!
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
2 Broke Girls
2 Broke Girls
A Different World
A Different World
The Steve Harvey Show
The Steve Harvey Show
Good Girls
Good Girls
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
Hunter Street
Hunter Street
7 Little Johnstons
7 Little Johnstons
Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
Atlanta
Atlanta
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing
Nip/Tuck
Nip/Tuck
Married...with Children
Married...with Children
Paradise PD
Paradise PD
The Kominsky Method
The Kominsky Method
Awkward.
Awkward.
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
El Negocio
El Negocio
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
School of Rock
School of Rock
Greek
Greek
Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
Take Two
Take Two
The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls
Community
Community
Friday Night Dinner
Friday Night Dinner
The Eric Andre Show
The Eric Andre Show
Adam Ruins Everything
Adam Ruins Everything
Naked News Uncovered
Naked News Uncovered
Good Times
Good Times
Green Acres
Green Acres
Big City Greens
Big City Greens