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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different shows, like Neighbors from Hell and Harry Hill's TV Burp.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best modern satire show of all time?" and "What are the greatest satire shows?"
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Chris Abraham 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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Satire 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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
msquared.lalala added 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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Satire 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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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Satire 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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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson

Premiered: 1975

Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Hosted by a ...more

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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

Premiered: 2003

Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central, 2003) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan. Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky mid-level bureaucrat, and her ...more

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satire 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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Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Premiered: 1969

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey. Head writer Liz Lemon (Fey) tries to run her sketch comedy show, while dealing with an arrogant boss ...more

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Premiered: 1997

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more

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Last Week Tonight with J... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
vernonaverill added John Oliver, David Kaye, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2014) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by comedian John Oliver. The half-hour-long show takes a satirical look at ...more

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Celebrity Deathmatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane

Premiered: 1998

Celebrity Deathmatch was a claymation television show that depicted celebrities against each other in a wrestling ring, almost always ending in the loser's gruesome death. It was known for its ...more

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The Rocky and Bullwinkle... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees

Premiered: 1959

The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show is an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks. Produced by Jay ...more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
irreggreg added 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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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

Premiered: 2005

The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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MADtv is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satire 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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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
MorgieStack added Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny

Premiered: 2010

Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
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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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1995

Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more

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Real Time with Bill Mahe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Satire TV Shows
akaswanand added Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Sullivan

Premiered: 2003

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 2003) is an American talk show series created by Bill Maher. Bill Maher hosts a panel of guests who discuss current events in politics and the media.

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