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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Cobra Kai
Cobra Kai
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Roseanne
Roseanne
Martin
Martin
Mom
Mom
American Dad!
American Dad!
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Hates Chris
Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
On My Block
On My Block
Suits
Suits
The Office
The Office
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
Imposters
Imposters
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Fosters
The Fosters
A Different World
A Different World
Glee
Glee
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Game
The Game
Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Full House
Full House
Ballers
Ballers
Family Guy
Family Guy
Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
Californication
Californication
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Psych
Psych
Insecure
Insecure
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Monk
Monk
Chuck
Chuck
Girls
Girls
Atlanta
Atlanta
Alf
Alf
grown-ish
grown-ish
Claws
Claws
Girlfriends
Girlfriends
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Tyler Perry's House of Payne
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Ja'mie: Private School Girl
Henry Danger
Henry Danger
Good Witch
Good Witch
Mann & Wife
Mann & Wife
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Friends
Friends
El Negocio
El Negocio
Magic Funhouse
Magic Funhouse
Entourage
Entourage
Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Frasier
Frasier
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Animals.
Animals.
The Last O.G.
The Last O.G.
The Paynes
The Paynes
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Cheers
Cheers
Toradora!
Toradora!
Vice Principals
Vice Principals
Hung
Hung
Def Comedy Jam
Def Comedy Jam
Here We Go Again
Here We Go Again
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead
Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
High Maintenance
High Maintenance
Kevin Can Wait
Kevin Can Wait
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation
Barry
Barry
The Jetsons
The Jetsons
Life in Pieces
Life in Pieces
Eastbound and Down
Eastbound and Down
The Middle
The Middle
Good Times
Good Times
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
High School DxD
High School DxD
Family Time
Family Time
Drunk History
Drunk History
Himouto! Umaru-chan
Himouto! Umaru-chan
South Park
South Park
Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
This Is Us
This Is Us
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
Modern Family
Modern Family
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls
Crashing
Crashing
Summer Heights High
Summer Heights High
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Keeping up Appearances
Keeping up Appearances
Fat Actress
Fat Actress
Big Jay Oakerson's What’s Your F@%king Deal?!
Big Jay Oakerson's What’s Your [email protected]%king Deal?!
As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By