On-Camera Television Comedies – A Starting Place for Comedy Class

There’s not much that tells us more about ourselves and our society than the comedies we watch.

The On-Camera Comedy Class starts soon, so I’ve put together some resources and supplemental information for you funny, funny actors.

One of the things we study in the on-camera comedy class is the history of television comedies.  We go back so far as Vaudeville, which had its broadest appeal from the 1880s to the 1920s.  Serialized radio shows then stepped in and made their mark from the 1920s to around 1950.  And television programs began in 1946, but didn’t really take off until households got their television sets in the early 1950s.

In the on-camera comedy class, we’ll explore how vaudeville and radio influenced the first television series.  But how has television and film evolved in terms of style, tone, genre and content throughout the years?  And where are we going next?

Take a look at multi-cam comedies and single camera comedies throughout the years.  Notice when and where comedy makes moves from multi-cam to single camera, and back again.

Here, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites.  These resources are designed to supplement your education.  The list includes title and year it first aired.  This is just a place to start and this list is not exhaustive, by any means. Enjoy your journey and happy watching!

 

Multi-Cam Series

I Love Lucy – 1951

The Goon Show – 1951

The Abbott & Costello Show – 1952

The Ernie Kovacs Show – 1952

The Honeymooners – 1955

The Dick Van Dyke Show – 1961

The Beverly Hillbillies – 1962

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – 1967

The Carol Burnett Show – 1967

Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – 1968

The Mary Tyler Moore Show – 1970

All in the Family – 1971

Sanford and Son – 1972

Happy Days – 1974

Fawlty Towers – 1975

The Jeffersons – 1975

Saturday Night Live – 1975

One Day at a Time – 1975

Laverne and Shirley – 1976

SCTV – 1976

The Muppet Show – 1976

Three’s Company – 1977

Mork and Mindy – 1978

Taxi – 1978

WKRP in Cincinnati – 1978

Cheers – 1982

Family Ties – 1982

Newhart – 1982

The Cosby Show – 1984

Night Court – 1984

Full House – 1987

Married With Children – 1987

Roseanne – 1988

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – 1990

In Living Color – 1990

Absolutely Fabulous – 1992

Frasier – 1993

Home Improvement – 1994

Seinfeld – 1994

MadTV – 1995

Everybody Loves Raymond – 1996

Will and Grace – 1998

Friends – 2001

Two and a Half Men – 2003

How I Met Your Mother – 2005

Big Bang Theory – 2007

Last Man Standing – 2011

Mom – 2013

The United States of Al – 2021

 Single Camera Series

The Andy Griffith Show – 1960

Gilligan’s Island – 1964

Green Acres – 1965

I Dream of Jeannie – 1965

The Brady Bunch – 1969

M*A*S*H* – 1972

Curb Your Enthusiasm – 2000

Malcolm in the Middle – 2000

The Office – 2001

Reno 911 – 2003

Chapelle’s Show – 2003

Sex and the City – 2004

My Name is Earl – 2005

30 Rock – 2006

Flight of the Conchords – 2007

Community – 2009

Eastbound and Down – 2009

Modern Family – 2009

Parks and Recreation – 2009

New Girl – 2011

Workaholics – 2011

Portlandia – 2011

Key & Peele – 2012

Girls – 2012

Veep – 2012

Arrested Development – 2013

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 2013

Inside Amy Schumer – 2013

Black-ish – 2014

Broad City – 2014

Silicon Valley – 2014

Catastrophe – 2015

Fresh Off the Boat – 2015

Grace and Frankie – 2015

The Last Man on Earth – 2015

Master of None – 2015

Superstore – 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 2015

Schitt’s Creek – 2015

The Good Place – 2016

Atlanta – 2016

Baskets – 2016

Fleabag – 2016

Insecure – 2016

Kim’s Convenience – 2016

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – 2017

Barry – 2018

What We Do In the Shadows – 2019

Ramy – 2019

Pen-15

The Great – 2020

Ted Lasso – 2020

Never Have I Ever – 2020

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