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1. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family | Active

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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

2. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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72 Metascore

When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.

Writers: Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg | Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

3. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Writer: Will Reiser | Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

4. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music | Active

8.2
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The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Creator: Lorne Michaels | Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

5. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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75 Metascore

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill.

Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson | Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

6. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.

Creator: Arthur Stander | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

7. The Dictator (2012)

R | 83 min | Comedy

6.4
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58 Metascore

The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer | Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley

8. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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67 Metascore

A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident.

Writers: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

9. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

Writer: Cameron Crowe | Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

10. Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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86 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Writer: Cameron Crowe | Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

11. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Writers: Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson | Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

12. Funny People (2009)

R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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60 Metascore

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Writer: Judd Apatow | Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana

13. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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80 Metascore

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives.

Creator: Matt Groening | Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

14. Spanglish (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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48 Metascore

A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Writer: James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

15. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.3
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89 Metascore

Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, Todd Phillips | Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Chester

16. Bottle Rocket (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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65 Metascore

Focusing on a trio of friends and their elaborate plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Writers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson | Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler

17. How Do You Know (2010)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.3
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46 Metascore

After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.

Writer: James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson

18. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

19. Then She Found Me (2007)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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56 Metascore

39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but with her biological clock ticking ever more loudly. Her dying bossy adoptive mother is ... See full summary »

Writers: Alice Arlen, Victor Levin, Helen Hunt, Elinor Lipman | Director: Helen Hunt | Stars: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick

20. Terms of Endearment (1983)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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79 Metascore

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of ... See full summary »

Writers: Larry McMurtry, James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

21. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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43 Metascore

A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

Writers: Beverly D'Onofrio, Morgan Ward | Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy

22. The War of the Roses (1989)

R | 116 min | Comedy

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79 Metascore

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Writers: Warren Adler, Michael Leeson | Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Marianne Sägebrecht

23. My Three Sons (1960–1972)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady, William Demarest

24. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

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77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Gus Van Sant | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

25. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

26. Broadcast News (1987)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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84 Metascore

Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

Writer: James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky

27. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.0
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

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

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

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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

29. Room 222 (1969–1974)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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Black teacher Pete Dixon tries to teach the students at Walt Whitman High to be tolerant. He is assisted by girlfriend and school counselor Liz and student teacher (later teacher) Alice. The students love him.

Stars: Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine

30. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Dave Chappelle

31. Rhoda (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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Rhoda Morgenstern was born in the Bronx in December 1941. She's always felt responsible for World War II. She had a bad puberty. It lasted 17 years. She's a High School graduate, she went ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music, David Groh

32. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

5.7
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Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes... See full summary »

Writers: David Franzoni, Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Chris Thompson | Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, John Wood, Carol Kane

33. Lou Grant (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

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After everyone on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" got fired, Lou Grant went to Los Angeles and became city editor of the L.A. Tribune, owned by Mrs. Pynchon, with whom Lou often has loud but ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams, Jack Bannon

34. Mayberry R.F.D. (1968–1971)

30 min | Comedy, Family

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In this continuation to the "Andy Griffifth Show", Sam Jones, a local farmer, is elected to the Mayberry town council. Like Andy Taylor, Sam is a widower raising a young son named Mike. Sam... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Berry, George Lindsey, Jack Dodson, Paul Hartman

35. That Girl (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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Ann Marie is a struggling actress living in New York City. In between trying to find jobs acting and modeling she has time for her boyfriend, Don Hollinger, and her dad, Lou Marie.

Creators: Sam Denoff, Bill Persky | Stars: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, Bernie Kopell

36. I'll Do Anything (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

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Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His ... See full summary »

Writer: James L. Brooks | Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Nick Nolte, Albert Brooks, Whittni Wright, Julie Kavner

37. Made in Hollywood (2005– )

60 min | Talk-Show

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Creator: Cleveland O'Neal III | Stars: Kylie Erica Mar, Julie L. Harkness, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, Patrick Stinson

38. The Critic (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

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Jay Sherman is a New York film critic who has to review films he doesn't like for a living.

Stars: Jon Lovitz, Nancy Cartwright, Christine Cavanaugh, Gerrit Graham

39. Starting Over (1979)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

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A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel.

Writers: Dan Wakefield, James L. Brooks | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning

40. The Doris Day Show (1968–1973)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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After spending most of her life in big cities, widow Doris Martin decides to move back to the family ranch.

Creator: James Fritzell | Stars: Doris Day, Philip Brown, Todd Starke, Denver Pyle

41. My Mother the Car (1965–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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The story of the relationship between a man and his mother, the latter having been reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile.

Creators: Allan Burns, Chris Hayward | Stars: Jerry Van Dyke, Maggie Pierce, Ann Sothern, Cindy Eilbacher

42. HBO First Look (1992– )

13 min | Documentary

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Behind-the-scenes look at upcoming feature films, featuring interview commentary with their casts and crews.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, Matt Damon

43. Phenom (1993–1994)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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A young tennis pro (Angela Goethals) must struggle with the challenges of life, along with her single mother (Judith Light), her bratty little sister (Ashley Johnson), her insecure brother (... See full summary »

Creators: Dick Blasucci, Marc Flanagan, Sam Simon | Stars: Judith Light, Angela Goethals, Ashley Johnson, Todd Louiso

44. The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone

45. Phyllis (1975–1977)

30 min | Comedy

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Spinoff from the popular "Mary Tyler Moore" series has Mary Richards' landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, moving back to her hometown of San Francisco with her teenage daughter Bess following the ... See full summary »

Stars: Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose, Carmine Caridi

46. Presidential Reunion (2010 Video)

6 min | Short, Comedy

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Writers: Tom Gammill, Dan Greaney, Al Jean, Adam McKay, Michael Price, Max Pross | Directors: Ron Howard, Jake Szymanski | Stars: Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase

47. Real Life (1979)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

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A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, ... See full summary »

Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson, Harry Shearer | Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Dick Haynes, Albert Brooks, Matthew Tobin, J.A. Preston

48. The Longest Daycare (2012)

PG | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.3
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Maggie Simpson spends the day in the Ayn Rand School for Tots.

Writers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Joel H. Cohen, Michael Price | Director: David Silverman

49. Modern Romance (1981)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.

Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson | Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means, Bruno Kirby

50. Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007– )

Talk-Show | Active

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Creator: Kourosh Taj | Stars: Carrie Keagan, Shark Firestone, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper