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The Best Satire TV Shows

Updated November 23, 2020 8.9k votes 2.0k voters 155.4k views82 items

List RulesVote up the funniest satirical TV shows that skewer their subjects with humor.

The best satire TV shows take current events and find a way to mock them in an informatively funny way. The best satire series ever shown on television capture the zeitgeist and know when to punch up. If you’ve been looking for the best satirical comedy shows to add some sharp-tongued fun to your TV nights, this list of the best satire series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

The really good satire TV shows have an unwavering sense of humor about what they’re making fun of. With ridiculous situations, and characters, satirical comedy uses jokes to get to the heart of the matter. But, not all funny satire shows are sitcoms or comedies, other series are satirical comedy news shows, such as The Colbert Show, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and The Daily Show. If you’re less interested in political satire and just want genre or social satire, then Parks and Recreation, The Addams Family, and even Scream Queens might be just what you’re looking for.

Which shows do satire the best? Vote up the best satire TV shows, vote down the shows that aren’t as bitingly funny as they think they are.

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    South Park
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    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

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    The Simpsons
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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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    Family Guy
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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

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    The Office
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    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

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    Saturday Night Live
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    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    Premiered1975

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    The Colbert Report
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    Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir

    Premiered2005

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    The Daily Show
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    Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah

    Premiered1996

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    Parks and Recreation
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    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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  • 9
    Monty Python's Flying Circus
    114
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    Graham Chapman, John Cleese

    Premiered1969

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    American Dad!
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    Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal

    Premiered2005

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  • 11
    Chappelle's Show
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    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

    Premiered2003

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    30 Rock
    82
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    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2006

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    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
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    John Oliver, David Kaye

    Premiered2014

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    Lil' Bush
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    Iggy Pop, Kari Wahlgren

    Premiered2007

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    Invader Zim
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    Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz

    Premiered2001

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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    128
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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton

    Premiered2005

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    The Boondocks
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    Regina King, John Witherspoon

    Premiered2005

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    Celebrity Deathmatch
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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell

    Premiered1998

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    BoJack Horseman
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    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris

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    M*A*S*H
    84
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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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    Adventure Time
    57
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    Adventure Time

    Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio

    Premiered2010

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  • 22
    MADtv
    57
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    Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson

    Premiered1995

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    The Larry Sanders Show
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    Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor

    Premiered1992

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    Pinky and the Brain
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    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen

    Premiered1995

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    Robot Chicken
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    Seth Green, Matthew Senreich

    Premiered2005

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