Creator: Comedy Central

Comedy Central is a network on U.S. cable/satellite TV, created by a merger between Viacom's HA! and Time Warner's Comedy Channel (launched by HBO) in the early 1990s (Viacom bought out Time Warner's 50-percent stake in 2003). It tends to have a lot of comedy shows and movies, including Stand-Up Comedy showcases, sitcoms and Sketch Comedy. Their content includes reruns from other channels (such as Scrubs and more recently, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), but most of their best-known shows are originals.

It has thus far successfully avoided even coming close to Network Decay, at least partly because comedy is such a broad topic, though the network has come under fire for airing comedy shows that heavily rely on shock value to be funny, like Mind of Mencia note , MA Dtv reruns note , the Comedy Central Roasts after the one honoring Pamela Anderson, Tosh.0, and Brickleberrynote .

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, South Park, Futurama and Tosh.0 are exempt from this.

The Comedy Central "brand" is also used for Viacom comedy channels in New Zealand, Latin America 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 In Name Only — 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: