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
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Ballers
Ballers
Me, Myself & I
Me, Myself & I
Full House
Full House
Psych
Psych
Mom
Mom
All Def Comedy
All Def Comedy
Girls
Girls
Weeds
Weeds
Glee
Glee
A Different World
A Different World
Insecure
Insecure
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Suits
Suits
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
grown-ish
grown-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Monk
The Game
This Is Us
Fuller House
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Red Band Society
Vice Principals
Martin
Russell Simmons Presents Def Comedy
Drunk History
The Fosters
Two and a Half Men
Shameless (UK)
Real Time with Bill Maher
Life in Pieces
Roseanne
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Family Guy
Rick and Morty
American Dad!
Being Mary Jane
Divorce
Everybody Hates Chris
Parks and Recreation
The End of the F***ing World
Eastbound and Down
The Office
Frasier
Midsomer Murders
Californication
Black-ish
2 Broke Girls
Silicon Valley
Only Fools and Horses
Modern Family
The Simpsons
Claws
High Maintenance
The Good Place
Alf
Sanford and Son
Magic Funhouse
Lab Rats: Elite Force
Good Times
Big Mouth
Chrisley Knows Best
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Brady Bunch
Friends
New Girl
Orange is the New Black
Trailer Park Boys
The Andy Griffith Show
Take My Wife
The Middle
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crashing
Family Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Meet the Browns
Will & Grace
Kevin Can Wait
Cheers
South Park
The Last Man On Earth
Survivor's Remorse
Married...with Children
Everybody Loves Raymond
Vials
Boys Over Flowers
Bob's Burgers
All in the Family
Henry Danger
Better Late Than Never
Haters Back Off
The Ranch
Last Man Standing
Dinosaurs
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race
Desperate Housewives