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
Full House
Full House
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Ballers
Ballers
Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
Me, Myself & I
Me, Myself & I
Psych
Psych
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Girls
Girls
Glee
Glee
All Def Comedy
All Def Comedy
Weeds
Weeds
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Suits
Suits
Insecure
Insecure
Mom
Mom
A Different World
A Different World
Monk
Monk
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Fuller House
grown-ish
Rick and Morty
The Game
Red Band Society
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Family Guy
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Russell Simmons Presents Def Comedy
Vice Principals
Violetta
This Is Us
Martin
Roseanne
Eastbound and Down
The Simpsons
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Drunk History
American Dad!
Chrisley Knows Best
Shameless (UK)
Two and a Half Men
Life in Pieces
Real Time with Bill Maher
Being Mary Jane
Episodes
Frasier
Californication
Big Mouth
The Fosters
The Office
Midsomer Murders
Claws
Good Times
The Good Place
Everybody Hates Chris
Black-ish
Parks and Recreation
Lab Rats: Elite Force
New Girl
Family Ties
Sanford and Son
Friends
Silicon Valley
Take My Wife
2 Broke Girls
Hot Date
Alf
Orange is the New Black
Modern Family
Trailer Park Boys
Magic Funhouse
Awkward.
Toradora!
The Middle
All in the Family
Meet the Browns
High Maintenance
South Park
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will & Grace
Mann & Wife
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Entourage
Married...with Children
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
How I Met Your Mother
Family Time
Last Man Standing
The Ranch
Project MC2
Vials
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Brady Bunch
Everybody Loves Raymond
The End of the F***ing World
Desperate Housewives
Dinosaurs
Boys Over Flowers
Rupaul's All Stars Drag Race