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Favorite Comedy Television Programs

  • Dec 8, 2009
I have been watching television over 40 years and these are my favorite television programs from the comedy genre. I know I have left off some that have large followings (MASH, Friends) but I only listed shows that I watched and will continue to watch if I see an episode when I am flipping the channels.
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Seinfeld Cast photo Jerry, George, Elaine, Krammer
The most inventive show with four main characters that had the best chemistry together since The Marx Brothers. Great supporting characters (Newman, Banya, the Seinfelds, the Costanzas, Jackie) and the most memorable guest characters (the Soup Nazi, Babu, Poppy, the Library cop).
2
Curb your enthusiasm
The real life George Costanza, Larry makes a fictional version of his real self with real comedians playing fictional versions of themselves (Ted Danson, Julia Dreyfus, Richard Lewis, Jason Alexander, Kevin Nealon). And the most recently completed season had a fictional documentary on the creation of the Seinfeld reunion. It was good, pretty, pretty good!
3
The Honeymooners
Hey there Ralphie boy, can it core a apple? Let nobody say that Ralph Kramden doesn't report a horse with a clock in its stomach. Bang zoom! - Ralph always had a line or a scheme. Through all his devious plans he always learned a lesson in the end. And Norton would always get the best of him!
4
The Odd Couple
Oscar, Oscar, Oscar can you clean up your mess. And Felix can you stop that honking? With Murray and Speed as card partners and Penny Marshall as the useless secretary what more can you ask for?
5
All In The Family
The first politically risque comedy in prime time. Archie Bunker was laughable but sadly sometimes real. Hopefully, our society has come a long way from the prejudices highlighted by this show. Carrol O'Connor was a genius and don't sit in Archie's chair. Edith may have been a dingbat but she always kept Archie in line. And Michael (Meathead) was the ultimate left-wing liberal! Classic stuff!
6
The Munsters
I never really got into The Addams Family but always loved Herman, Grandpa and Lily. In many ways they resembled Ralph, Ed, and Alice of The Honeymooners. That black and white gives it a Universal classic films feel.
7
The Simpsons
Paved the way for South Park, Family Guy, et al. The first prime time cartoon (not including The Flinstones) to get some serious ratings. Bart was the main character at first but that quickly changed to Homer. So many famous personalities have lent their voices to the Simpsons' lore. Can anyone remember the first couple of seasons when it was an incredible task for Max Groning to make an individual episode so you had to wait. Maybe that wait was good because those episodes had the best quality tales.
8
F Troop
It's been off the air for awhile but this was the only brilliant western comedy I can remember. Sarge and Agarn always trying to keep their illicit business dealings secret from Captain Parmeter. What young male wasn't in love with Wrangler Jane? And who can forget how the Hocowi Indians got their name? Did Duffy really fight with Davey Crockett and the Alamo and did Dobbs ever learn how to play that bugle?
9
Get Smart
Just with the cone of silence it makes the list. Max's classic lines - sorry chief, missed me by this much, and would you believe. Then there was Hymie the robot (my uncle's name was Hymie) and Zigfried (nobody panics until I give the order to panic). Classic stuff!
10
Welcome Back, Kotter
We tend to forget that before Travolta was Tony Manero, he was Vinny Barbarino. With Horshack, Epstein and Freddy Boom Boom Washington. Hey Mr. Kotter, I don't want to tell you how to run your house but some people do like root beer!

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December 09, 2009
Excellent list, but I have to admit to never even hearing of F-Troop. Wonder if Hulu has it. Hmmmm... I'd love to see you put together a list of comedies since 2000. It's slim pickings, but that'd be the challenge. ha ha.
December 09, 2009
The only post 2000 comedy so far on my list is Curb. Do you have any suggestions? I've seen a couple of episodes of 2 and a half men and find it alright. I did like some HBO comedies (Lucky Louie, The Mind of the Married Man) but they didn't go more than a season.
 
December 09, 2009
I JUST got into Curb Your Enthusiasm. It took about 10 episodes but now I'm a bona fide addict! I'm so happy it has a million seasons.
December 09, 2009
I love Curb...this season was great.
 
December 08, 2009
Great List!! I see you're a Larry David Fan! he's great!
 
December 08, 2009
I could learn a thing or two about comedy TV shows from a seasoned pro like you! I'm kind of ashamed to say that I've only ever watched one of these TV shows on a regular basis (and I think we all know which one that is!), plus one episode of another. I feel like I'm missing out!
December 08, 2009
Try TVLand possibly.
December 09, 2009
or Hulu (maybe)
December 09, 2009
Thanks for the suggestions, guys! :)
 
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