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The Best Parody TV Shows 

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Updated May 22, 2020 829 votes 230 voters 41.2k views 42 items

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

The very best parody shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest parody shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular parody TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining parody show of all time is. Don't let your favorite parody 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 parody television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Everything from Childrens Hospital to Megas XLR is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best parody show of all time?" and "What are the greatest parody shows?"
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...more

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Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

Premiered: 1982

Police Squad! is a television comedy series first broadcast in 1982, created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, and starring Leslie Nielsen. A spoof of police procedurals, the ...more

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

Premiered: 2005

The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005 to December 18, 2014 for 1,447 ...more

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj

Premiered: 1996

The Daily Show (Comedy Central, 1999) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. Described as a fake news program, the show draws its comedy and satire from recent news ...more

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Saturday Night Live Week... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Kristen Wiig

Premiered: 2008

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday is an American limited-run series broadcast on NBC. It is a political satire news show spin-off from Saturday Night Live, featuring that show's ...more
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Reno 911! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Cedric Yarbrough, Niecy Nash, Robert Ben Garant

Premiered: 2003

Reno 911! (Comedy Central, 2003) is an American comedy television series created by Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver. It is a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement ...more

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American Vandal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
American Vandal Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
This series (Netflix, 2017) is a true satire mockumentary series. When senior class clown Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is accused and expelled from school, sophomore Peter Maldonado (Tyler ...more
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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more

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Onion News Network is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Onion News Network Suzanne Sena, Brian Huskey

Premiered: 2011

Onion News Network is a parody television news show. The show premiered its ten-episode first season on January 21, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. EST on IFC. In March 2007, The Onion launched The Onion ...more
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Childrens Hospital is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Rob Huebel, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino

Premiered: 2008

Childrens Hospital is a satirical American comedy television series and web series that parodies the medical drama genre, created by and starring actor/comedian Rob Corddry. The series began on ...more

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MADtv is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears

Premiered: 1995

Mad TV (Fox, 1995), stylized as MADtv, is an American sketch comedy television series originally inspired by Mad magazine created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small. Taped in front of a live audience, ...more

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When Things Were Rotten ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Richard Gautier, Dick Van Patten, Bernie Kopell

Premiered: 1975

When Things Were Rotten is an American situation comedy television series created in 1975 by Mel Brooks and aired for half a season by ABC. A parody of the Robin Hood legend, the series starred ...more
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French & Saunders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint

Premiered: 1987

French and Saunders is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring comic duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. It is also the name by which the performers are known on the ...more

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Drawn Together is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Abbey DiGregorio

Premiered: 2004

Drawn Together is an American adult animated sitcom which ran on Comedy Central from October 27, 2004 to November 14, 2007. The series was created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and uses a ...more

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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd

Premiered: 2015

Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more

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Epic Meal Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows

Premiered: 2010-10-17

Epic Meal Time is a Canadian YouTube cooking show known for creating extremely high-calorie meals, generally out of meat products and including alcohol. It debuted in October 2010, and since ...more

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Wrecked is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
steven4297 added Matthew Pritchard

Premiered: 2007

Wrecked was a comedy reality series that aired on MTV UK in 2007. It was hosted by Lee Dainton and Matthew Pritchard. In each episode, two rivals were challenged to complete a series of Dirty ...more
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NTSF:SD:SUV:: is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Rebecca Romijn, Karen Gillan, Rob Riggle

Premiered: 2011

NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a quarter-hour format American television comedy that parodies the police procedural and action film genres.
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Community is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

Premiered: 2009

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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Ace Crawford, Private Ey... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Ace Crawford, Private Eye Tim Conway, Billy Barty, Joe Regalbuto

Premiered: 1983

Ace Crawford, Private Eye is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March to April 1983. The series parodied the “hard-boiled detective” genre.
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Onion SportsDome is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Danyelle Sargent, Matt Walton

Premiered: 2011

Onion SportsDome was a parody sports television show from the makers of The Onion. The show premiered on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 10:30 p.m. EST on Comedy Central in the United States. It ...more
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Angie Tribeca is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Rashida Jones, Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns
Angie Tribeca (TBS, 2016) is an American comedy television series, a satire of police procedural shows, created by Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell. Angie (Rashida Jones) is a 10-year veteran ...more

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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan

Premiered: 2011

Portlandia (IFC, 2011) is a sketch comedy television series created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel. Armisen and Brownstein star as various characters in sketches ...more

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Nathan For You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Nathan Fielder

Premiered: 2013

Nathan for You (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American docu-reality comedy television series created by Nathan Fielder and Michael Koman. Business school graduate and consultant Nathan Fielder ...more

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Bobcat Goldthwait's Misf... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Atkins Estimond, Josephine Lundy, Cara Mantella
Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters (truTV, 2018) is an anthology comedy television series created by Bobcat Goldthwait. Anthology of stories told via different genres that satirize ...more