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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

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. A group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton) and ...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

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

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
Vamp Doll added H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Premiered: 2009

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

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...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

Arrested Development (Fox, 2003) is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz. Level-headed son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) takes over family affairs after his father is ...more

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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

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more

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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

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

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more

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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

BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) was the star of the hit television show "Horsin' Around" ...more

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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

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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker

Premiered: 2005

American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first ...more

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The Ren & Stimpy Sho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet

Premiered: 1991

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
JuanBautistaDíaz added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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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

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 ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

Premiered: 2005

Weeds (Showtime, 2005) is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan. A suburban widow (Mary-Louise Parker) starts selling marijuana to support her family, but soon ...more

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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

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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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of ...more

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

Premiered: 2011

Wilfred (FX, 2011) is an Australian-American comedy television series developed by David Zuckerman, based on the 2007 Australian series. After a failed suicide attempt, a depressed man (Elijah ...more

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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
killakane94 added Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

Premiered: 1998

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Drawn Together is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Abbey DiGregorio

Premiered: 2004

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Ren & Stimpy "A... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
John Kricfalusi, Eric Bauza, Cheryl Chase

Premiered: 2003

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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007) is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller. A pie-maker (Lee Pace) with the ability to reanimate the dead teams up with his ...more

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Soap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows
Vamp Doll added Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

Premiered: 1977

Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more

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