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A television situation comedy, often shortened to sitcom, is a genre of comedy that features recurring characters in a common environment such as a home or workplace, accompanied with jokes as part of the dialogue.

A situation comedy may be recorded before a studio audience. Some also feature a laugh track. Such programs originated in radio.

Today, sitcoms are found almost exclusively on television as one of its dominant narrative forms.

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30 Rock

Genre: Single Camera

Network: NBC

Years: 2006-

Episodes: 81+

Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind.
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Arrested Development

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Yeah, like the guy in the $9000 suit would tell you why to watch this show.
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The Big Bang Theory

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: CBS

Years: 2007-

Episodes: 64+

A woman who moves into an apartment next door to two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory Bazinga!
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Community

Genre: Single Camera

Network: NBC

Years: 2009-

Episodes: 26+

A smarmy lawyer whose education is deemed void by the bar is forced to attend a local community college with an extremely eclectic staff and student body.

Greatest thing on television now.
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The Cosby Show

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: NBC

Years: 1984-1992

Episodes: 201

Long-running popular comedy television series about the Huxtable family. Doctor Heathcliff Huxtable and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy). The two oldest daughters eventually live successful adult lives and get married (Sondra to Elvin and Denise to Martin). As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Genre: Single Camera

Network: HBO

Years: 2000-

Episodes: 71+

He's got it all: a loving wife, good friends, a successful career, a great home..what could possibly go wrong for Larry David? Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in this hilarious, off-kilter comedy series that presents an unflinching, self-depreciating depiction of his life. Think of it like R-rated Seinfeld
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Eastbound and Down

Genre: Single Camera

Network: HBO

Years: 2009-

Episodes: 6+

Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school.

Kenny Mother Fuckin' Powers


Where can you go wrong.

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Extras

Genre: Single Camera

Network: BBC/HBO

Years:

Episodes: 13

About an out-of-work actor who struggles for work when he keeps losing his parts to stars like DeNiro. However, he insists that they're "just lucky". Witty as hell.
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Fawlty Towers

Genre: Sketch Comedy

Network: BBC

Years: 1976-1979

Episodes: 16

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
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Friends

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: NBC

Years: 1994-2004

Episodes: 236

The lives, loves, and laughs of six young friends living in Manhattan. Could this BE any more of a sitcom?
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Scrubs

Genre: Single Camera

Network: NBC/ABC

Years: 2001-2010

Episodes: 181

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

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: NBC

Years: 1985-1992

Episodes: 180

The Golden Girls is based on the lives and interactions of four older women whom have all been divorced/widowed, and are now roommates. Dorothy's main goal during the series is to find a companion she can relate to while her mother Sophia adds her comical outlook and frequents "Picture This" stories. Rose's St. Olaf-ness makes her a little corny but lovable. One thing that changes nearly every episode is whom Blanche is courting. Waifu material
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Grounded for Life

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: FOX/The WB

Years: 2001-2005

Episodes: 91

Thirty-something Irish Catholic couple Sean and Claudia deal with their three children as well as Sean's judgmental father and his carefree brother.
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How I Met Your Mother

Genre: Hybrid Sitcom

Network: CBS

Years: 2005-

Episodes: 113+

Egged on by his best friend's upcoming nuptials, Ted believes he finds the woman of his dreams in Robin -- though destiny might have something different in mind. One of the few shows with a laugh track that /tv/ still enjoys.
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I'm Alan Partridge

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: BBC

Years: 1997-2002

Episodes: 12

Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) used to be an "ace" sports reporter and chat show host on BBC Television. After being sacked from the BBC, he was forced to accept work at a small radio station in East Anglia. He now presents an early morning programme, "Up With The Partridge". In spite of the fact that his career has obviously declined considerably, he tries to maintain the illusion that he's still a "major media star".

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FX

Years: 2005-

Episodes: 60+

Four young friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. Seinfeld on crack.
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Louie

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FX

Years: 2010-

Episodes: 13+

The series is loosely based on C.K.'s life, showing him as a comic on-stage, and depicting his life off-stage as a newly divorced father of two girls. Each episode features either two stories that may or may not connect, or a longer full-episode story (often consisting of numerous connected shorter pieces). The pieces are interspersed with shorter segments of stand-up comedy or, occasionally, conversations between Louie and his therapist. Expect a different kind of comedy that strays away from traditional sitcoms.
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Malcolm In The Middle

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

An offbeat, laugh track-lacking sitcom about a bizarrely dysfunctional family, the center of which is Malcolm, the middle of the two brothers who still live at home. His eldest (and favorite) sibling, Francis, boards at military school because his parents believe it will reform him and keep him out of trouble. Malcolm often has a hard time coping with his family life, but he has more troubles to contend with when he starts receiving special treatment at school after being diagnosed as an intellectually advanced genius.
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Married... with Children

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: FOX

Years: 1987-1997

Episodes: 262

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dimwitted and promiscuous. A little dated, a lot of the jokes only work for the 80s/90s. Still very funny, and pushed forward the bad person as protagonist style.
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Modern Family

Genre: Mockumentary-Single Camera

Network: ABC

Years: 2009-

Episodes: 25+

A satirical look at three different families and the trials they face in each of their own uniquely comedic ways. Pretty damn good.
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Monty Python's Flying Circus

Genre: Sketch Comdey

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

The irreverent Monty Python comedy troupe present a series of skits which are often surreal, baudy, uncompromising, tasteless, but inevitably hilarious.
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The Office (UK)

Genre: Mockumentary-Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives.
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The Office (US)

Genre: Mockumentary-Single Camera

Network: NBC

Years: 2005-

Episodes: 125+

A remake of the hit 2001 BBC TV series The Office (2001), this is a mockumentary that documents the exploits of a paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Made up of head chief Michael Scott, a harmlessly deluded and ignorantly insensitive boss who cares about the welfare of his employees while trying to put his own spin on company policy. With an office including the likes of various peers who have their own hangups, The Office (2005) takes a look at the lives of its co-workers: bored but talented salesman Jim, his mildly sociopathic, butt kissing enemy Dwight, mildly righteous receptionist Pam, and indifferent temp Ryan. Started out great, has gone to shit over time.
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The State

Genre: Sketch Comedy

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.
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NewsRadio

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

"NewsRadio" is a sitcom that explores office politics, relationships, and crises through a group of co-workers at WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 newsradio station. Dave Foley stars as the haggled news director, Phil Hartman and Khandi Alexander portray sniping anchor people, Maura Tierney is the ambitious supervising producer, Stephen Root is the station's eccentric owner, Vicki Lewis does wacky secretary, and Joe Rogan is a tech-happy electrician.
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Parks and Recreation

Genre: Mockumentary-Single Camera

Network: NBC

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

The abstract antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue random projects to make their city a better place. Starts out a bit unfunny but when it gets it's formula going there is no stop to how many laughs you will get out of this show.
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Peep Show

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.
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Raising Hope

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

Jimmy becomes a 25-year-old single parent to an infant whose mother he had a one-night stand with after she ends up on death row.
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Reno 911!

Genre: Mockumentary-Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

The lives of seven incompetent Reno sheriff's deputies are detailed in this "Cops" style parody. Among the colorful characters are Lt. Jim Dangle, the short shorts-wearing, flamboyantly gay supervisor; Deputy James Garcia, who makes police brutality an art form; Deputy Trudy Wiegel, the manic depressive, racist sociopath; Deputy Clementine Johnson, the skanky former magician's assistant; Deputy Travis Junior, the redneck who is never seen without his kevlar vest and sunglasses; Deputy S. Jones, the semi-competent ladies' man; and Deputy Raineesha Williams, the bootylicious black cop with an attitude.
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Seinfeld

Genre: Traditional Sitcom

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

Jerry Seinfeld stars in this television comedy series as himself, a comedian. The premise of this sitcom is Jerry and his friends going through everyday life, discussing various quirky situations that we can all relate to (especially if we live in New York). The eccentric personalities of the offbeat characters who make up Jerry's social circle contribute to the fun. GREATEST SITCOM OF ALL TIME!
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Spaced

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

The adventures of Tim and Daisy who rent a room in Marsha Klein's house under the pretense that they are a couple. Also in the house is frustrated painter Brian. Together with TA fanatic Mike and Daisy's girlfriend Twist the duo get into a series of situations with hilarious results. Pop culture references, pop culture references everywhere.
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That 70's Show

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2003-2006

Episodes: 53

Eric Forman is a typical high school student growing up in Wisconsin in 1976 with his family and his friends. Together, they have the same kind of joys and sorrows that just about every teenager has while growing up. This show parodied many of the attitudes, events and fads of the 70's, along with those who grew up at the time and are now in their 30's-40's.
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The Thick of It

Genre: Mockumentary-Single Camera

Network: BBC4

Years: 2006-

Episodes: 16+

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the series follows the career of Hugh Abbot, the new Minister for Social Affairs, who is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.
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Trailer Park Boys

Genre: Sketch Comedy

Network: Showcase

Years: 2001-2008

Episodes: 55

Trailer Park Boys is about life between prison terms. Always trying to play the angles, always done-in by forces beyond their control, and always in the middle of a gunfight, Ricky and Julian are decent, hard- working guys trying to cope with the New World Economic Order. It's not that the boys don't know right from wrong, it's just that "right" rarely presents itself.
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Undeclared

Genre: Single Camera

Network: FOX

Years: 2001-2002

Episodes: 17

College freshman Steve Karp and his fellow dorm-mates embark on one the greatest experiences of their lives...unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride. The poor man's Freaks and Geeks, but still pretty good.
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Weeds

Genre: Single Camera

Network: Showtime

Years: 2005-

Episodes: 68+

After her husband's unexpected death and subsequent financial woes, suburban mom Nancy Botwin (Parker) embraces a new profession: the neighborhood pot dealer. As it seems like everyone secretly wants what she's selling -- even city councilman Doug Wilson (Nealon) -- Nancy is faced with keeping her family life in check and her enterprise a secret from her neighbor/pseudo-friend/PTA president, Celia Hodes (Perkins).

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