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TV Shows & Series: Best Comedies TV Shows/Series

Comedy is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending (black comedy being an exception). One of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue. Comedy, compared with other film genres, puts much more focus on individual stars, with many former stand-up comics transitioning to the film industry due to their popularity. While many comic films are lighthearted stories with no intent other than to amuse, others contain political or social commentary (such as The King of Comedy and Wag the Dog). [Wikipedia]

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The Big Bang Theory(2007)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 1,465 votes)

The Big Bang Theory is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense.

Directed by Mark Cendrowski - With Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Sara Gilbert, ...

The Simpsons(1989)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 751 votes)

Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

Friends(1994)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 574 votes)

The misadventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.

With Jennifer Aniston, Ñ, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, ...

Family Guy(1999)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 564 votes)

Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and Freakin' Sweet animated series featuring the adventures of the dysfunctional Griffin family. Bumbling Peter and long-suffering Lois have three kids. Stewie (a brilliant but sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and taking over the world), Meg (the oldest, and is the most unpopular girl in town) and Chris (the middle kid, he's not very bright but has a passion for movies). The final member of the family is Brian - a talking dog and much more than a pet, he keeps Stewie in check whilst sipping Martinis and sorting through his own life issues.

Better Call Saul(2015)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.1/5 (with 428 votes)

Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut. The series will track Jimmy's transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer".

With Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, ...

South Park(1997)

TV-MA
| 22min per episode | Comedy, Animation
3.9/5 (with 419 votes)

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

How I Met Your Mother(2005)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 417 votes)

How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan. As a framing device, Ted, in the year 2030, recounts to his son and daughter the events that led to his meeting their mother.

With Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Bob Saget, ...

Rick and Morty(2013)

4.3/5 (with 416 votes)

Rick is a mentally-unbalanced but scientifically-gifted old man who has recently reconnected with his family. He spends most of his time involving his young grandson Morty in dangerous, outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes. Compounded with Morty's already unstable family life, these events cause Morty much distress at home and school.

House(2004)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Drama, Comedy, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 406 votes)

Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

Directed by Peter Medak, Bryan Singer, Jace Alexander, Peter O'Fallon, Newton Thomas Sigel, Greg Yaitanes, ... - With Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, ...

Modern Family(2009)

TV-PG
| 25min per episode | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 332 votes)

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family. They give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

With Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofía Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, ...

Shameless(2011)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Drama, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 317 votes)

Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.

With William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, ...

Futurama(1999)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Animation, Comedy, Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 315 votes)

The adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century.

Orange Is the New Black(2013)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 286 votes)

A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.

With Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst, ...

Two and a Half Men(2003)

TV-14
| 30min per episode | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 260 votes)

A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

With Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Marin Hinkle, Melanie Lynskey, ...

Seinfeld(1989)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 254 votes)

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It lasted nine seasons, and is now in syndication. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as a fictionalized version of himself. Set predominantly in an apartment block in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, the show features a handful of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, particularly best friend George Costanza, former girlfriend Elaine Benes, and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer.

Directed by Art Wolff, Tom Cherones, Andy Ackerman, David Steinberg - With Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

American Dad!(2005)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 247 votes)

The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their college-aged daughter, Hayley Smith; and their high-school-aged son, Steve Smith. Outside of the Smith family, there are three additional main characters, including Hayley's boyfriend turned husband, Jeff Fischer; the family's man-in-a-goldfish-body pet, Klaus; and most notably the family's zany alien, Roger, who is "full of masquerades, brazenness, and shocking antics."

Scrubs(2001)

TV-14
| 24min per episode | Drama, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 235 votes)

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, John "J.D" Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.

With Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, ...

Silicon Valley(2014)

TV-MA
| 28min per episode | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 227 votes)

In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, Silicon Valley is an American sitcom that centers around six programmers who are living together and trying to make it big in the Silicon Valley.

With Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Christopher Evan Welch, ...

The Office(2005)

TV-PG
| 20min per episode | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 209 votes)

The everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

Directed by Randall Einhorn, J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Jon Favreau, Harold Ramis, Jason Reitman, ... - With Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, ...

Archer(2009)

TV-MA
| 22min per episode | Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 201 votes)

Sterling Archer is the world's most daunting spy. He works for ISIS, a spy agency run by his mother. In between dealing with his boss and his co-workers - one of whom is his ex-girlfriend - Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that crosses his path. His antics are only excusable because at the end of the day, he still somehow always manages to thwart whatever crises was threatening mankind.

Directed by Adam Reed

Brooklyn Nine-Nine(2013)

TV-14
| 21min per episode | Comedy, Crime
3.8/5 (with 194 votes)

A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.

With Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, ...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer(1997)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 193 votes)

Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer.

With Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, ...

Community(2009)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 192 votes)

Follow the lives of a group of students at what is possibly the world’s worst community college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado.

With Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, ...

Arrested Development(2003)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 191 votes)

The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

With Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Portia de Rossi, ...

The IT Crowd(2006)

22min per episode | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 185 votes)

UK Comedy series about two I.T. nerds and their clueless female manager, who work in the basement of a very successful company. When they are called on for help, they are never treated with any respect at all.

With Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Chris Morris, ...

2 Broke Girls(2011)

TV-14
| 25min per episode | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 180 votes)

Comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke.

With Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Matthew Moy, Jonathan Kite, Jennifer Coolidge, Nick Zano, ...

New Girl(2011)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 174 votes)

Jessica Day is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn't. Although she's dorky and awkward, she's comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she's not used to hanging with the boys—especially at home.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, Peyton Reed, Michael Spiller, Nanette Burstein, Eric Appel, Tristram Shapeero, ... - With Damon Wayans, Jr., Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, ...

Preacher(2016)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Comedy, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 168 votes)

A preacher sets out on a mission to make the almighty himself confess his sin of abandoning the world. With his best friend Cassidy, an alcoholic Irish vampire, his love Tulip, a red blooded gun towing Texan, and the power of genesis, an unholy child born from an angel and a devil, Jesse gives up everything to set the world straight with its creator.

Directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Michael Slovis, Craig Zisk, Guillermo Navarro, Wayne Yip, ... - With Dominic Cooper, Joe Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Lucy Griffiths, William Earl Brown, Anatol Yusef, ...

Californication(2007)

TV-MA
| 28min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 167 votes)

A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.

With Natascha McElhone, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin, Evan Handler, David Duchovny, Madeline Zima, ...

That '70s Show(1998)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 159 votes)

Crank up the 8-track and flash back to a time when platform shoes and puka shells were all the rage in this hilarious retro-sitcom. For Eric, Kelso, Jackie, Hyde, Donna and Fez, a group of high school teens who spend most of their time hanging out in Eric’s basement, life in the ‘70s isn’t always so groovy. But between trying to figure out the meaning of life, avoiding their parents, and dealing with out-of-control hormones, they’ve learned one thing for sure: they’ll always get by with a little help from their friends.

Directed by David Trainer, Terry Hughes - With Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, ...