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Comedy Central is a [[{{Networks}} network]] on U.S. cable/satellite TV, created by a merger between Viacom's HA! and Time Warner's Comedy Channel in [[TheNineties the early 1990s]]. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It tends to have a lot of comedy shows and movies]], including [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy Stand-Up Comedy]] showcases, [[Main/SitCom sitcoms]] and SketchComedy. Their content includes reruns from other channels (such as ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' and more recently, ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''), but most of their best-known shows are originals. It has thus far successfully avoided even coming close to NetworkDecay, at least partly because comedy is such a broad topic (though it has come under fire for airing 'comedy' shows that rely on shock value to be funny, like ''Mind of Mencia'' [[note]]though that show is now treated as an OldShame and Mencia himself is the butt of many jokes[[/note]], ''Series/MADtv'' reruns [[note]]especially by viewers who were used to seeing ''Saturday Night Live'' reruns on Comedy Central, though the show itself stopped rerunning after 2010[[/note]], and the Comedy Central [[TheRoast Roasts]] after the one honoring Creator/PamelaAnderson)

Unlike most American TV networks, Comedy Central tends to run a given series in a given timeslot only until it runs out of new episodes, then rotate in something else until ''that'' runs out of new episodes. Only the news(ish?) shows, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and ''[[Series/{{Tosh0}} Tosh.0]]'' are exempt from this.

The Comedy Central "brand" is also used for Viacom comedy channels in New Zealand and much of Europe. In the UK and Ireland, it's a recent renaming for the station formerly known as Paramount Comedy. (Incidentally, it's one of the few UK networks that are their US counterpart InNameOnly -- the bulk of the US network's original programming usually finds itself on other channels first, if they make it to Comedy Central at all.)

'''Notable original shows include:'''
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* ''Series/AlmostLive''
* ''Series/AtMidnight''
* ''Series/BeatTheGeeks''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobAndMargaret''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}''
* ''[[LiteCreme Comedy Product]]''
* ''Series/ChappellesShow''
* ''Series/TheColbertReport''
* ''Comedy Central Presents'': One of the channel's longest-running shows, a collection of stand-up comedy from many up-and-coming comedians. It was canceled in 2011, but does rerun from time to time, mostly during late nights and early mornings after the infomercials stop running.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist''
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
* ''Series/DrunkHistory''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', after its ChannelHop
* ''ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin''
* ''Series/InsomniacWithDaveAttell''
* ''Series/TheJeselnikOffensive''
* ''KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire''
* ''WesternAnimation/LilBush''
* ''LoZooDi105'' (LiveActionAdaptation of the Italian show of the same name)
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', the network's first original show and a holdover from before "Comedy Channel" from before it and "HA! Network" merged to create Comedy Central. Later did a ChannelHop to Sci Fi Channel.
* ''[[Website/TheOnion Onion Sports Dome]]''
* ''Series/NathanForYou''
* ''Politically Incorrect'', which subsequently moved to Creator/{{ABC}}
* ''[[Series/{{Reno911}} Reno 911!]]''
* ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
* ''Series/StellaUS''
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''
* ''Series/ThatsMyBush''
* ''[[Series/{{Tosh0}} Tosh.0]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans''
* ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney''
* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}''
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