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

The list includes shows like from Chappelle's Show, Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, and more.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best sketch comedy show of all time?" and "What are the greatest sketch comedy shows?"

 

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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy 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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Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy 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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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

Premiered: 1990

In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy 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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The Carol Burnett Show ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

Premiered: 1967

The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more

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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele

Premiered: 2012

Key & Peele (Comedy Central, 2012) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Starring Key and Peele, each episode features sketches ...more

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Premiered: 1976

The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Premiered: 1988

The Kids in the Hall (HBO, 1989) is a Canadian sketch comedy TV series starring the comedy troupe of the same name. Comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and ...more

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MADtv is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy 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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Mr. Show with Bob and Da... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis

Premiered: 1995

Mr. Show with Bob and David, also known as Mr. Show, is an American sketch comedy series starring and hosted by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It aired on HBO from November 3, 1995, to December ...more

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Second City Television ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
John Candy, Robin Duke, Joe Flaherty

Premiered: 1976

SCTV is a Canadian television sketch comedy show offshoot from Toronto's Second City troupe that ran between 1976 and 1984.

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The Benny Hill Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Benny Hill, Nicholas Parsons, Patricia Hayes

Premiered: 1951

The Benny Hill Show is a British comedy television show that starred Benny Hill and aired in various incarnations between 15 January 1955 and 30 May 1991 in over 140 countries. The show focused ...more

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Rowan & Martin's Lau... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi

Premiered: 1968

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by ...more

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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The Tracey Ullman Show ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray

Premiered: 1987

The Tracey Ullman Show is an American television variety show, starring English-born comedian and onetime pop singer Tracey Ullman. It debuted on April 5, 1987, as the Fox network's second ...more

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The Red Green Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Graham Greene, Paul Gross, Gavin Crawford

Premiered: 1991

The Red Green Show is a Canadian television comedy that aired on various channels in Canada, with its ultimate home at CBC Television, and on Public Broadcasting Service stations in the United ...more

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The Electric Company is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
The Electric Company Morgan Freeman, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby

Premiered: 1971

The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was directed by Bob Schwartz, Henry Behar and John Tracy, written by Christopher Cerf, Jeremy Steven and John ...more

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The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul

Premiered: 1948

The Ed Sullivan Show was an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was ...more

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All That is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson

Premiered: 1994

All That is an American sketch comedy television series created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. The series originally aired on Nickelodeon from April 16, 1994 to October 22, 2005, lasting ten ...more

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You Can't Do That on Tel... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade

Premiered: 1979

You Can't Do That on Television is a Canadian television program that first aired locally in 1979 before airing internationally in 1981. It featured pre-teen and teenaged actors in a sketch ...more
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The Whitest Kids U' Know... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore

Premiered: 2007

The Whitest Kids U' Know (IFC, 2007) is an American sketch comedy show created by the comedy troupe. Featuring members Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore, Darren Trumeter, and Timmy Williams, ...more

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The Man Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Angelique Gorges

Premiered: 1999

The Man Show is an American comedy television show on Comedy Central. It was created in 1999 by its two original co-hosts, Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, and their executive producer Daniel

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The State is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant

Premiered: 1993

The State is a half-hour sketch-comedy television show, originally broadcast in the USA on MTV between December 17, 1993, and July 1, 1995. The show combined bizarre characters and scenarios to ...more

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A Bit of Fry and Laurie ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton

Premiered: 1989

A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 ...more

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That Mitchell and Webb L... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy TV Shows
That Mitchell and Webb Look David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman

Premiered: 2006

That Mitchell and Webb Look is a British television sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Shown on BBC Two since 2006, its first two series were directed by David Kerr, who also ...more