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The Best Parody TV Shows 

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Updated March 30, 2020 818 votes 224 voters 40.8k views 39 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
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

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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#3 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #77 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time Jim Halpert Is A Scumbag, And It's Obvious If You Just Pay Attention

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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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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#129 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #27 of 276 The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season

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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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 464

Network: Comedy Central

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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#528 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #407 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #135 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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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

Network: Comedy Central

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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#353 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #134 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time Jon Stewart's Most Entertaining Feuds Ever

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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

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: NBC

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

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Comedy Central

Reno 911! is an American comedy television series on Comedy Central that ran from 2003 to 2009. It is a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement documentary shows, specifically Cops, with ...more

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#163 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #82 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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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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#472 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #28 of 46 Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People #112 of 129 The Best High School TV Shows

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Onion News Network is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Onion News Network Suzanne Sena, Brian Huskey

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: IFC

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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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Dave

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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#531 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #28 of 312 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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When Things Were Rotten ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Richard Gautier, Dick Van Patten, Bernie Kopell

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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) 11 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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#201 of 449 The Best Duos of All Time #175 of 271 The Best Female-Led TV Shows

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Childrens Hospital is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Rob Huebel, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: Adult Swim, The WB Television Network

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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#769 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #703 of 1,328 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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MADtv is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 321

Network: Fox

Mad TV (Fox, 1995), stylized as MADtv, is an American sketch comedy television series originally inspired by Mad magazine. Taped in front of a live audience, the show features sketches, cartoon ...more

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#506 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #125 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Comedy Central

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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#366 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time #24 of 196 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History #517 of 529 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

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Epic Meal Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows

Premiered: 2010-10-17

Number of Episodes: 61

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) 16 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
steven4297 added Matthew Pritchard

Premiered: 2007

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: MTV

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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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd

Premiered: 2015

Network: Fox

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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#61 of 70 The Creepiest Shows In TV History #193 of 271 The Best Female-Led TV Shows

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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

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Adult Swim

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, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: NBC

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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#578 of 717 The Best Cartoons of All Time #120 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years Fan Theories About 'Community'

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Angie Tribeca is listed (or ranked) 20 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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#368 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #1,064 of 1,328 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Ace Crawford, Private Ey... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Ace Crawford, Private Eye Tim Conway, Billy Barty, Joe Regalbuto

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

Network: CBS

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) 22 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Danyelle Sargent, Matt Walton

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Comedy Central

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

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 27

Network: IFC

Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon; it stars Carrie Brownstein and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. The ...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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Comedy Central

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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#290 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #31 of 46 Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People

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Beef House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Parody TV Shows
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Premiered: 2020

Network: Adult Swim

Beef House (Adult Swim, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by and starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Each week Tim, a laid-back rock-and-roll slacker, and his best ...more