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1. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,174

2. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 39,124

3. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,245

4. All That (1994–2016)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.5
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A zany sketch comedy featuring many wacky characters hosted for kids and by kids.

Stars: Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson, Soup

Votes: 6,164

5. Conan (2010– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.1
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Conan O'Brien and his co-host Andy Richter discuss current news topics and interview celebrities and personalities.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, Jimmy Vivino

Votes: 20,752

6. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.4
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Jimmy Fallon hosts the Tonight Show and interviews celebrities, plays games with them and has a musical or comedic guest perform.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

Votes: 14,102

7. Hee Haw (1969–1997)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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Televised comedy/variety show with a country bent.

Stars: Roy Clark, Gunilla Hutton, Buck Owens, Junior Samples

Votes: 1,123

8. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,746

9. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,806

10. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

8.7
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Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 46,786

11. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.4
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Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 20,737

12. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015– )

TV-PG | 41 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

7.3
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Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The comedy-variety-talk show is broadcast five nights a week from the Ed Sullivan theater in New York.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human, Jen Spyra

Votes: 9,259

13. The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

6.3
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Each week night, The Late Late Show with James Corden throws a late-night after-party with a mix of celebrity guests, edgy musical acts, games and sketches. Corden differentiates his show by offering viewers a peek behind the scenes into the green room, bringing all of his guests out at once and lending his musical and acting talents to various sketches. Additionally, bandleader Reggie Watts and ... See full summary »

Stars: James Corden, Reggie Watts, Louis Waymouth, Harry Styles

Votes: 4,483

14. Maya & Marty (2016– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

6.6
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"Maya and Marty" is a brand new show that blends musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests into one jam-packed hour of prime-time TV.

Stars: Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day

Votes: 855

15. The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982)

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Music

7.0
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One of the most successful and fondly-remembered shows in TV history, "The Lawrence Welk Show" featured musical numbers and skits, with host Welk leading the band.

Stars: Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren, Dick Dale, Norma Zimmer

Votes: 355

16. The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

4.0
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The Brady family sings, dances, and performs comedy skits.

Stars: Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 295

17. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 3,979

18. Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

6.0
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Seth Meyers hosts a late-night talk show.

Stars: Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, The 8G Band, Ben Warheit

Votes: 4,839

19. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 1,021

20. Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

6.9
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The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter, Biff Henderson

Votes: 11,983

21. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–2015)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.3
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Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson, Joseph Bolter

Votes: 9,851

22. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2014)

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

5.3
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After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening ... See full summary »

Stars: Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall, John Melendez

Votes: 9,640

23. Turn-On (1969– )

30 min | Comedy

4.6
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A multimedia presentation satirizing sex, politics, and everything else, splattered across the screen at blinding speed. One producer called it "A visual, comedic, sensory assault involving... See full summary »

Stars: Teresa Graves, Bonnie Boland, Hamilton Camp, Tim Conway

Votes: 52

24. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.2
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Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 912

25. The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines and the Simpsons.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone

Votes: 1,015

26. Running Man (2010– )

TV-14 | 80 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Reality-TV

8.8
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A variety show in which cast members will go to a South Korean landmark and play games there. There are several games to be played within the landmark and at least one of them has to do ... See full summary »

Stars: Jae-Suk Yoo, Jong-Kook Kim, Dong-hoon Ha, Kwang-soo Lee

Votes: 2,188

27. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.2
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Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show, which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg

Votes: 16,062

28. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.0
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71 Metascore

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest, Will Young

Votes: 14,594 | Gross: $11.03M

29. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971–1974)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned, blossoming into a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen

Votes: 617

30. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

6.9
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Comedian Jimmy Fallon hosts a late-night talk show.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins, Bashir Salahuddin

Votes: 11,769

31. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

60 min | Comedy

7.9
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The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,109

32. Sha Na Na (1977– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

6.9
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A comedy variety show featuring the retro rock and roll group.

Stars: Sha-Na-Na, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Milton Berle, Frank Gorshin

Votes: 223

33. Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

150 min | Comedy

6.8
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An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother.

Directors: Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, Shunichiro Miki | Stars: Andrew Alfieri, Hideaki Anno, Moyoco Anno, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 2,131

34. Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.5
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Popular late-night comedy/talk-show with host David Letterman, interviewing famous guests.

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Bill Wendell, Calvert DeForest

Votes: 3,642

35. Donny and Marie (1975–1979)

60 min | Music

6.2
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Long running variety show, featuring the brother-sister singing duo of Donny and Marie Osmond. The first season also featured all of the Osmond families, but Donny and Marie were obviously ... See full summary »

Stars: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Paul Lynde, Ruth Buzzi

Votes: 334

36. The Jackie Gleason Show (1966–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Musical

8.2
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Jackie Gleason's last weekly variety series, which alternated between regular variety hours with big name guest stars and musical remakes of old "The Honeymooners" sketches.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Olson, The June Taylor Dancers, Sammy Spear and His Orchestra

Votes: 222

37. The Johnny Cash Show (1969–1971)

60 min | Music

8.6
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Johnny Cash and wife, June Carter Cash were hosts of this Country and Western themed variety show. Comedians Hope, Crosby, Minnie Pearl and others perform Skits. Musical acts as Diverse as Louis Armstrong to "The Monkees" perform.

Stars: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers, The Tennessee Three

Votes: 143

38. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.2
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Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Sid Caesar

Votes: 181

39. Bizarre (1980–1985)

25 min | Comedy

8.1
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A half hour sketch comedy show that is not politically correct. It showcased the talents of veteran performers John Byner (the host) and Bob Einstein as Super Dave Osbourne.

Stars: Sandy Webb, Brian George, John Byner, Jim Chad

Votes: 500

40. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

8.3
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Dean Martin hosts, with several celebrities as guests. There are musical acts and comedy sketches that break down comedy, racial, and sexual barriers all at the same time.

Stars: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Norm Crosby

Votes: 1,085

41. Flip (1970–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.3
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One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by African American comic actor Flip Wilson, this show ... See full summary »

Stars: Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin, Roy Clark

Votes: 857

42. The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956–1960)

60 min | Comedy

8.4
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Stars: Steve Allen, Gene Rayburn, Skitch Henderson, Louis Nye

Votes: 189

43. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.5
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Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Jackie Gleason, Ray Bloch

Votes: 298

44. The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.0
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Opening monologues, sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances are commonly featured.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jerry Vivino, Jimmy Vivino

Votes: 7,109

45. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

130 min | Musical

7.4
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An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Christy Cabanne, Norman Houston | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer

Votes: 1,689

46. The Porter Wagoner Show (1961–2016)

Comedy, Music

7.8
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Porter Wagoner's long-running musical variety show that launched the career of Dolly Parton.

Stars: Porter Wagoner, Speck Rhodes, Mack Magaha, Don Howser

Votes: 50

47. The Sonny and Cher Show (1976–1977)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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Cher and Sonny Bono starred in this quintessentially '70's TV comedy/variety show. Sonny and Cher's hit songs featured prominently on the show, as they would often sing and perform them ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Jack L. Harrell, Ted Zeigler

Votes: 382

48. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 91

49. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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This was a Colgate-sponsored comedy hour that featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Al Goodman, Eddie Cantor

Votes: 404

50. The Richard Pryor Show (1977– )

60 min | Comedy

7.6
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An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor

Stars: Richard Pryor, Jimmy Martinez, Edie McClurg, Robin Williams

Votes: 325



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