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1. Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

Best remembered by its posterior title, Your Show of Shows, this live variety show included comedy sketches with TV pioneers Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 271

4. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 965

6. Goonreel (1952 TV Movie)

45 min | Comedy

The team from BBC radio's legendary "Goon Show" present a one-off parody of television newsreels.

Director: Michael Mills | Stars: Michael Bentine, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe

Votes: 9

9. The Benny Hill Show (1955–1968)

60 min | Comedy

This show-stopping digital collection of The Benny Hill Show contains Benny's raucous 20-year reign over television's sketch-variety genre, from the naughty early years to the debut of the nubile Hill's Angels, through the final episodes.

Stars: Benny Hill, Jeremy Hawk, Patricia Hayes, Peter Vernon

Votes: 753

10. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1957 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Comedy

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Directors: Joseph Behar, Ernie Kovacs | Stars: Ernie Kovacs, James Yoham

Votes: 22

11. The Benny Hill Show (1957–1960)

60 min | Comedy

The Benny Hill Show 1957.

Stars: Benny Hill, Vivienne Martin, Ronnie Brody, Dave Freeman

Votes: 544

13. The Garry Moore Show (1958–1967)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Variety show hosted by Garry Moore with famous guests.

Stars: Garry Moore, Durward Kirby, Marion Lorne, Carol Burnett

Votes: 91

15. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1961– )


Television's Original Genius: In the infancy of any medium, there will be some who realize its potential well before anyone else. Ernie Kovacs was such a visionary, and between 1951 and ... See full summary »

Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Bob Lauher, Margaret Styne, Jolene Brand

Votes: 63

16. As Caesar Sees It (1962 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

First of three thirty minute specials airing in syndication during the 1962-63 season, featuring the comic antics and offbeat insights of Sid Caesar.

Director: David Brown | Stars: Sid Caesar, Gordon Connell, Jane Connell, Jim Dooley

17. Benny Hill (1962–1963)

25 min | Comedy

This timeless modern slapstick-format doesn't really have a plot, but is an irresistible rapid succession of independent short, comical scenes, mostly without any text, often using ... See full summary »

Stars: Benny Hill, Graham Stark, Ronnie Brody, Patricia Hayes

Votes: 1,234

20. Beyond the Fringe (1964 TV Special)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary, Comedy

A TV version of the stage show originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe (August 1962) and subsequently in London (Fortune Theatre) and Broadway.

Director: Duncan Wood | Stars: Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore

Votes: 148

21. Not Only... But Also (1965–1970)

45 min | Comedy

Not Only...But Also, most famously showcased Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in there so-called 'Dagenham dialogues' in which Pete (a nasal know-all who has utter confidence in his surreal and ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Chris Karan, Peter McGuirk

Votes: 162

22. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1993)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,179

23. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,515

24. At Last the 1948 Show (1967– )

30 min | Comedy

Surreal, sketch based TV comedy series. Two series were produced in 1967 by the commercial company Associated Rediffusion. In style and content, a forerunner of 'Monty Python's Flying ... See full summary »

Stars: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman

Votes: 468

26. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,418

27. The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special (1967 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

The cast of "Your Show Of Shows" is reunited in several skits that keep true to the style of the show's best material. First, an encounter at a market that leaves Sid battered amid the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Arnold, Bill Hobin | Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris

Votes: 5

30. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)


The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Ann Hamilton, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Votes: 693

31. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 64,599

32. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 4,288

34. The Goodies (1970–1982)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures of a crazy trio, whose motto is "we do anything, anytime, anywhere".

Stars: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Corbet Woodall

Votes: 1,365

37. And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

An anthology of the best sketches from the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).

Director: Ian MacNaughton | Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 28,190

38. Dynamite Chicken (1971)

R | 76 min | Comedy

A collection of skits, parodies, musical performances, and film clips supposedly relating to the peace movement of the late Sixties and early Seventies , but more a general patchwork than a... See full summary »

Director: Ernest Pintoff | Stars: Richard Pryor, Ace Trucking Company, Patti Deutsch, Michael Mislove

Votes: 189

39. The David Steinberg Show (1972– )

30 min | Comedy

Years before "The Larry Sanders Show" came this Canadian-made sitcom taking place behind the scenes of the fictional "David Steinberg Show," starring real-life comic David Steinberg. Like ... See full summary »

Stars: David Steinberg, Joe Flaherty, Martin Short, John Candy

Votes: 148

41. The Lily Tomlin Show (1973 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

The Lily Tomlin special showcases Tomlin's most iconic characters, Ma Belle's Ernestine, the prim tasteful Lady, the grimy little kid Edith Ann, and a new creation, Bobbi Jeanine, a hammy cocktail lounge organist talking in song titles.

Director: Joseph Hardy | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Richard Crenna, Nancy Dussault, Bill Gerber

Votes: 6

42. The Groove Tube (1974)

R | 75 min | Comedy

A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer.

Director: Ken Shapiro | Stars: Ken Shapiro, Richard Belzer, Chevy Chase, Buzzy Linhart

Votes: 1,876 | Gross: $20.45M

43. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 41,360

45. SCTV (1976–1981)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

Stars: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas

Votes: 1,984

46. Tunnel Vision (1976)

R | 70 min | Comedy