Comedy The Best 1990s Dark Comedy TV Shows  

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These are the best 1990s dark comedy TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From top 90s dark comedy series incorporate elements of horror while other great dark comedy shows find humor in taboo subjects. Some of the best 90s dark comedy shows even use sketch comedy to poke fun at dark content.

What shows will you find on this best 1990s dark comedy TV shows list? Tales From the Crypt seamlessly infused dark humor into its terrifying tales during its seven seasons on HBO. Fun Fact: The Cryptkeeper was voiced by the talented voice actor John Kassir. Courage the Cowardly Dog is another great dark comedy show that aired in the 90s.

South Park has been known to tackle a number of dark topics over the years including child abuse, murder and the repeated death of Kenny. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s dark comedy TV shows list include One Foot in the Grave, Celebrity Deathmatch and The State.

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel HBO for seven seasons with a total of 99 episodes. The title is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content originated in that comic or the six other EC Comics of the time. The show was produced by HBO with uncredited association by The Geffen Film Company and Warner Bros. Television. Because it was aired on HBO, a premium cable television channel, it was one of the few anthology series to be allowed to have full freedom from censorship by network standards and ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

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#12 on The Best HBO Original Series

#63 on The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

#1 on Shows That May Be Just Too Scary For TV

#4 on The Creepiest Shows in TV History

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first prime-time television series to air on Fox, ran from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997. It was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. The show was known for handling nonstandard topics for the time period, which garnered the then-fledgling Fox network a standing among the Big Three television networks. The series' 259-episode run makes it the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on the Fox network. Its theme song is "Love and Marriage" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, performed by Frank Sinatra from the ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

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#25 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#25 on The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

#9 on The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

#34 on Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Dark Comedy TV Shows
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South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre adventures. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider, + more

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

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#35 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

#10 on The Best Cartoons of All Time

#28 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#10 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Celebrity Deathmatch was a claymation television show that depicted celebrities against each other in a wrestling ring, almost always ending in the loser's gruesome death. It was known for its various power-ups, all amounts of weapons, and excessive amounts of blood used in every match and exaggerated physical injuries. The series was created by Eric Fogel, with the pilots airing on MTV on January 1 and 25 1998. The initial series ran from May 14, 1998 to October 20, 2002, and lasted for a 75-episode run. There was one special that did not contribute to the final episode total, entitled "Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany", which aired on June 21, 2001. Professional wrestler Stone Cold Steve ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

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#4 on The Best MTV Original Shows

#6 on The Most Crude and Classic '90s Adult Cartoons

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