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The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics 

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Updated September 23, 2019 741 votes 70 voters 2.3k views 52 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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: CBS

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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Comedy Central

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

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 Office is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ricky Gervais

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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

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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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bernie Mac

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 104

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Tim Allen

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Martin Lawrence

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 132

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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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

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: NBC

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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Ellen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ellen DeGeneres

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Roseanne Barr

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Paul Reiser

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 164

Network: NBC

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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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Larry David

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: HBO

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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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Bob Newhart

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 142

Network: CBS

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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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Drew Carey

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 233

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Robin Williams

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Kevin James

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 207

Network: CBS

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 Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: The WB Television Network

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) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more
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Louie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Louis C.K.

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Louie is an American comedy-drama television series on the FX network that began airing in 2010. It is written, directed, edited, and produced by the show's creator, stand-up comedian Louis ...more
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Extras is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Ricky Gervais

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, HBO

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

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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Community is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Joel McHale

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: Comedy Central, NBC

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

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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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
James Belushi

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 182

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Bob Hearts Abishola is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Billy Gardell

Premiered: 2019

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Bob ❤ Abishola (CBS, 2019), pronounced "Bob Hearts Abishola," is an American sitcom television series created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, and Gina Yashere. Bob (Billy ...more
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Good Talk with Anthony J... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
Anthony Jeselnik

Premiered: 2019

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Interview, Talk show

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