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The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics

Updated February 2, 2021 2.3k votes 173 voters 7.4k views65 items

List RulesVote 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 Raymond. The 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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    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle

    PremieredJanuary 22, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Variety

    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 parodies...  more
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld

    PremieredJuly 5, 1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Seinfeld (NBC, 1989) is an American television sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Set predominantly in an apartment block in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, the show...  more
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    PremieredJanuary 14, 1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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, running...  more
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    The Office

    Ricky Gervais

    PremieredAugust 7, 2002

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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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    PremieredSeptember 13, 1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 13,...  more
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    PremieredSeptember 21, 1998

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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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    PremieredSeptember 17, 1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 McFadzean....  more
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    PremieredNovember 14, 2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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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    PremieredOctober 15, 2000

    Genres (Tv)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 of...  more
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    Martin

    Martin Lawrence

    PremieredAugust 27, 1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Martin (Fox, 1992) is an American sitcom created by John Bowman, Martin Lawrence, and Topper Carew. A radio and television personality (Martin Lawrence) living with his girlfriend Gina (Tisha...  more
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    PremieredSeptember 16, 1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 portrays a...  more
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    PremieredOctober 11, 2011

    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 sporting...  more
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    30 Rock

    Tracy Morgan

    PremieredOctober 11, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 (Alec...  more
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    PremieredSeptember 13, 1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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" Drew Carey, a...  more
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    Community

    Joel McHale

    PremieredSeptember 17, 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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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr

    PremieredOctober 18, 1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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....  more
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    Louie

    Louis C.K.

    PremieredJune 29, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Louie (FX, 2010) is an American comedy-drama television series created by comedian Louis C.K. A divorced comedian (Louis C.K.) living in New York balances life and relationships, while raising his...  more
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby

    PremieredSeptember 20, 1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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, an...  more
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    Mork & Mindy

    Robin Williams

    PremieredSeptember 14, 1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Fantasy

    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 egg-shaped...  more
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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover

    PremieredSeptember 6, 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 rapper...  more
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    Extras

    Ricky Gervais

    PremieredJuly 21, 2005

    Genres (Tv)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 and...  more
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    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser

    PremieredSeptember 23, 1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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....  more
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    The Jamie Foxx Show

    Jamie Foxx,

    PremieredAugust 28, 1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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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    Master of None

    Aziz Ansari

    PremieredNovember 6, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old actor in...  more
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    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy