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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best black comedy TV series.

Do you like your comedy a little darker? This is a list of the very best dark comedy shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest dark comedy series also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular dark comedy TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining dark comedy show of all time is. Don't let your favorite dark comedy television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of dark comedy television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available and includes the best dark comedies of the decade.

List ranges from Louie to Xavier: Renegade Angel and more dark comedy TV shows.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best dark comedy show of all time?" and "What are the greatest dark comedy shows?"

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: FXX

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
killerswamp added Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
FrigusTimor added Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Comedy Central

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Network: FXX

Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 18

Network: Fox

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
CraigAlarm added Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Premiered: 2014

Network: Netflix

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
CraigAlarm added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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Metalocalypse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Tommy Blacha, Brendon Small, Mark Hamill

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: Adult Swim

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 251

Network: CBS

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 137

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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The Ren & Stimpy Sho... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: Nickelodeon

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: FX

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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: AMC

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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim, 2005) is an American stop motion sketch comedy television series created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Pop culture references fly thick and fast as stop-motion ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: Showtime

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: HBO

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 30

Network: FX

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 7

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: HBO

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The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Channel 4, IFC

The IT Crowd is a British sitcom by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan, produced by Ash Atalla and starring Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry. The "IT" ...more

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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
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Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: MTV, MTV2

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