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The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics 

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Updated April 8, 2020 1.1k votes 99 voters 3.4k views 53 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted shows on television of all time that star stand-up comedians in lead roles. No hosting gigs.

Many people pursue stand-up comedy with the hopes of one day getting their own TV show. After years of paying their dues in various clubs, some comedians have achieved precisely that. Here are some of the best TV shows starring stand-up comics. 

Arguably, the best example of this is Jerry Seinfeld, who had one of the best sitcoms of the 1990s with Seinfeld. A show famously about nothing, Jerry often incorporated his stand-up material into the show alongside the misadventures of Jerry and his neurotic friends. Ray Romano had one of the most famous sitcoms of the 90s with Everybody Loves RaymondThe show was a major success, and Romano only recently got back into stand-up with the release of his first special in 23 years called Right Here, Around the Corner. Louie Anderson may not be the lead on Baskets, but he shares the spotlight playing the role of Zach Galifianakis's mom, Christine. Plenty of other comedians have had this same trajectory, including Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Allen, Dave Chappelle, Roseanne Barr, Bernie Mac, and plenty of others. 

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Jerry Seinfeld

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more
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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ray Romano

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more
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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Dave Chappelle

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central, 2003) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan. Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that ...more
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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bernie Mac

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001 to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ricky Gervais

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Drama, Comedy

The Office (BBC Two, 2001) is a British television mockumentary sitcom created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The series follows the day-to-day lives of office ...more
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Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Martin Lawrence

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Martin is an American sitcom that aired for five seasons on the Fox network, from August 27, 1992, to May 1, 1997. Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, ...more
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Tim Allen

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more
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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
crystalplumage707 added Redd Foxx

Premiered: 1972

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Roseanne Barr

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. The series centers around the everyday life of an American working-class family.
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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Drew Carey

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was set in Cleveland, Ohio, and revolved around the retail office and home life of "everyman" ...more
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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Kevin James

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The show was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions, CBS Paramount ...more
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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bob Newhart

Premiered: 1972

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 half-hour episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart ...more
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Paul Reiser

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.
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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Tim Allen

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Last Man Standing (Fox, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Jack Burditt. The show follows Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), a senior executive and director of marketing for an outdoor ...more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Larry David

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more
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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Robin Williams

Premiered: 1978

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more
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Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Freddie Prinze

Premiered: 1974

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Chico and the Man is an American sitcom which ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13, 1974, to July 21, 1978. It stars Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, the cantankerous owner of a run down ...more
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Ellen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ellen DeGeneres

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Ellen (ABC, 1994) is an American television sitcom. The show follows Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres), a neurotic bookstore owner in her thirties.
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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bill Cosby

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more
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Community is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Joel McHale

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Community (NBC, 2009) is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon. After being disbarred for faking his college degree, a narcissist lawyer (Joel McHale) enrolls in community ...more
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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Jamie Foxx Show is an American television sitcom that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. The series stars Jamie Foxx, Garcelle Beauvais, Christopher B. Duncan, ...more
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire

30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey. Head writer Liz Lemon (Fey) tries to run her sketch comedy show, while dealing with an arrogant boss ...more
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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
James Belushi

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of three children. It originally ran on ABC from October 1, 2001 to June 2,
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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Donald Glover

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more
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The Larry Sanders Show ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Garry Shandling

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a fictional late-night talk show. The show was created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein and aired from ...more