Sketch comedy has been around in one form or another for centuries. From the vaudeville stage all the way to the earliest days of television, people love a good joke that plays out in front of them in a few moments.
To be funny and memorable, a series needs a cast that works well together and trusts each other as well as talented writers with great imaginations. Even more importantly, the series needs to be on a network or streaming service willing to take chances.
For a sketch comedy series to be truly worth watching, it has to be willing to break a few rules.
There have been several sketch comedy series over the years, but only a few that are truly great. As cable proliferated, their numbers only grew and it got harder to find the best comedy. In some cases, the social and cultural impact of the series outweighs how long it was on the air.
While there are certainly arguments to be made for other series to be in the top ten, these are the ones that stand the test of time and keep comedy fans coming back for more.
Ian Goodwillie is a freelance writer based out of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Writing Program at Vancouver Film School. More importantly, Ian is also a wrestling fan, comic book reader, video game player and photographer. He loves to write and writes about what he loves. Ian's also an unrepentant, unapologetic Cougar Town fan, a show he will defend until the day he dies.