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The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics

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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 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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    Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle

    Premiered2003

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

    Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central, 2003) is an American sketch comedy television series created... more on Wikipedia
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    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from... more on Wikipedia
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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton,... more on Wikipedia
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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC... more on Wikipedia
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    The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    The Office

    Ricky Gervais

    Premiered2001

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

    The Office (BBC Two, 2001) is a British television mockumentary sitcom created, written, and... more on Wikipedia
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    The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from... more on Wikipedia
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    Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Martin

    Martin Lawrence

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Martin (Fox, 1992) is an American sitcom created by John Bowman, Martin Lawrence, and Topper... more on Wikipedia
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast... more on Wikipedia
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    The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was... more on Wikipedia
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    The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired... more on Wikipedia
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    Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Last Man Standing (Fox, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Jack Burditt. The... more on Wikipedia
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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    30 Rock

    Tracy Morgan

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire

    30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey.... more on Wikipedia
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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight... more on Wikipedia
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    Community is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Community

    Joel McHale

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Community (NBC, 2009) is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon. After... more on Wikipedia
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    Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24,... more on Wikipedia
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    Louie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Louie

    Louis C.K.

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Comedy-drama, Satire, Surreal humour

    Louie (FX, 2010) is an American comedy-drama television series created by comedian Louis C.K.... more on Wikipedia
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    Ellen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Ellen

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Ellen (ABC, 1994) is an American television sitcom. The show follows Ellen Morgan (Ellen... more on Wikipedia
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    The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    The Jamie Foxx Show

    Jamie Foxx,

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Jamie Foxx Show is an American television sitcom that aired on the WB Network from August... more on Wikipedia
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    Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Mork & Mindy

    Robin Williams

    Premiered1978

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Music, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy

    The Steve Harvey Show, was a sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2002 on The WB Television Network.... more on Wikipedia
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    Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover.... more on Wikipedia
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    Extras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Starring Stand-Up Comics
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    Extras

    Ricky Gervais

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

    Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television and film sets and in theatre.... more on Wikipedia
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