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The Funniest TV Shows of 2013  

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Is there anything better than a TV show that can make you laugh so hard that for a second you can’t breathe? That sort of gut-busting,watering-eyes sort of television comedy is one worth scheduling your week around. In 2013, many comedy shows stepped their game up and had their funniest season ever. Long lasting shows like Saturday Night Live, The Big Bang Theory,and Family Guy kept old fans and new fans laughing every week. Newer shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project earned fans that will likely stick around for the long haul.

What were the funniest shows of 2013? Depending on your type of sense of humor, your biggest laugh-out-loud show probably differed greatly from other people. If your love traditional sitcoms with laugh tracks and bawdy jokes, shows like Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls may have been your favorite. Those who love political humor may have enjoyed Parks and Recreation and Veep. Other sitcoms and comedy shows appealed to smaller audiences, but were no less funny.

The shows on this list are among the funniest programs on television in 2013. These shows made people laugh, had characters worth caring about, and entertained for hours.

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash
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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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more
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Community is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
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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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
MonicaStarkey added James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson
Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more
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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
IvyKilla added Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ron Artest
Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television show. It stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv. Each episode of the show consists mainly of several ...more
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman
Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more
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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott
The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
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Drunk History is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
IvyKilla added Jayma Mays, Don Cheadle, Jack Black
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Legit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
IvyKilla added
Legit was a Scottish sitcom produced by The Comedy Unit, written by Robert Florence and Iain Connell and broadcast on BBC One Scotland. The pilot episode aired on 16 September 2006 to much ...more
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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
MarkJohnson added Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by James "Jimmy" Kimmel, and transmitted on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, ...more
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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann
Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.
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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
udontneedtoknowmyname added Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show that aired weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show, which premiered on ...more
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Mike & Molly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2013
IvyKilla added Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson
Mike & Molly is an American sitcom created by Mark Roberts which premiered on CBS on September 20, 2010. The series stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as the eponymous Mike and Molly, ...more