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1. 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: 40,566

2. 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: 49,347

3. Hee Haw (1969–1997)

60 min | Comedy, Music

6.9
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Televised comedy/variety show with a country bent.

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

Votes: 1,181

4. 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: 4,356

5. 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: 9,009

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.9
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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

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

Votes: 2,366

7. 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: 6,429

8. 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: 21,501

9. 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, Quest Love

Votes: 14,952

10. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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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: 4,176

11. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

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

8.3
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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: 21,545

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, Brian Stack

Votes: 10,472

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: 5,165

14. Crackerjack! (1955–1984)

45 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

6.9
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The shows were broadcast live in front of an audience largely of children, originally at the King's Theatre on Hammersmith Road until 1963, then at the BBC Television Theatre (now the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Hayes, Peter Glaze, Jillian Comber, Leslie Crowther

Votes: 66

15. 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: 2,954

16. 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: 10,055

17. 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: 372

18. Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014– )

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

6.1
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Seth Meyers hosts a late-night talk show.

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

Votes: 5,468

19. Maya & Marty (2016)

60 min | Comedy, Music

6.5
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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: 883

20. Running Man (2010– )

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

8.9
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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: 2,319

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

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

8.1
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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: 16,464

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

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

5.2
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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: 9,813

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

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

6.8
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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: 12,310

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: 948

25. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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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: 1,110

26. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.0
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71 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 14,775 | Gross: $11.03M

27. 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, Topo Gigio

Votes: 1,056

28. 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: 1,079

29. The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

3.8
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The Brady family sings, dances, and performs comedy skits.

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

Votes: 323

30. 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: 157

31. Playboy After Dark (1969–1970)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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Hugh Hefner hosts a party at his home with celebrity guests.

Stars: Hugh Hefner, Chris Cranston, Nanci Roberts, Bill Cosby

Votes: 73

32. Monica Z (2013)

111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.9
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The world famous Swedish jazz singer, actress and icon Monica Zetterlund's life through stardom and hardship.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Edda Magnason, Sverrir Gudnason, Kjell Bergqvist, Vera Vitali

Votes: 3,558

33. The Judy Garland Show (1963–1964)

60 min | Comedy, Music

8.5
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The star performs with guests.

Stars: Judy Garland, Jerry Van Dyke, Bradford Craig, Mel Tormé

Votes: 324

34. 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: 12,143

35. The Porter Wagoner Show (1961–2016)

Comedy, Music

7.7
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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: 54

36. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1973)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.4
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Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

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

Votes: 328

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

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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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: 637

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

60 min | Comedy, Music

6.9
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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: 394

39. Sha Na Na (1977– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

6.7
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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: 231

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

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.4
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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: 3,797

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

60 min | Comedy

7.8
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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: 1,159

42. 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: 7,394

43. 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, George Allen, Tanya Boyd, Richard Dawson

Votes: 517

44. Donny and Marie (1975–1979)

60 min | Music

6.0
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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: 350

45. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

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

7.9
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Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Hendra and Ullett

Votes: 185

46. Pink Lady (1980– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

4.9
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A musical variety show starring a popular Japanese musical duo and their comedian sidekick/translator.

Stars: Keiko Masuda, Mie, Jeff Altman, Cheri Steinkellner

Votes: 81

47. Flip (1970–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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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: 887

48. Dolly (1976– )

30 min | Music

8.0
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Syndicated weekly country-variety series hosted by Dolly Parton.

Stars: Dolly Parton, Ralph Emery, Richard Dennison, Randy Parton

Votes: 47

49. Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

8.2
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Best remembered by its posterior title, Your Show of Shows, this live variety show included comedy sketches with TV pioneers Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 266

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: 341



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