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The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics  

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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. 

What do you think are the best shows that feature stand-up comics? You can let the world know who the funniest comic is with the best show in the list below. Vote for your favorites while you ask yourself, "What's the deal with these Ranker lists?"

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Jerry Seinfeld
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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Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Martin Lawrence
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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ricky Gervais
The Office is a mockumentary that was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme is ...more
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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Dave Chappelle
Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show as well as starring in the majority of its ...more
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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bob Newhart
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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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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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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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bernie Mac
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 Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Drew Carey
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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Tim Allen
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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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Paul Reiser
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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Robin Williams
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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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ray Romano
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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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Jamie Foxx
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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Ellen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ellen DeGeneres
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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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Larry David
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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Lights Out With David Spade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
David Spade
Lights Out With David Spade (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American satire news television series. Comedian David Spade offers his take on pop culture and current events through the eyes of social ...more
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Good Talk with Anthony Jeselni... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Anthony Jeselnik
Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American comedy and interview television series. Comedian Anthony Jeselnik interviews fellow comedians about their careers, ...more
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Extras is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ricky Gervais
Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television and film sets and in theatre. The series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO, and was created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais ...more
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It's Garry Shandling's Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Garry Shandling
It's Garry Shandling's Show is an American sitcom which was initially broadcast on Showtime from 1986 to 1990. It was created by Garry Shandling and Alan Zweibel. The show is notable for its ...more
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The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Garry Shandling
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
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more
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Community is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Joel McHale
Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more
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Mr. Iglesias is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Gabriel Iglesias
Mr. Iglesias (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy web television series. Starring comedian Gabriel Iglesias, the show follows a good-natured public high school teacher (Iglesias) who works at ...more
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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Louie Anderson
Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role ...more
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Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Freddie Prinze
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