‘Laugh-In’, also known as ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’, is one of the most famous American sketch comedy shows of all time. The show aired from 1968 to 1973. It mostly stages short and rapid comedy sketches, and has its roots in the vaudeville form of theatre, wherein the comedies are based on certain situations created by the characters. These short skits usually concentrate on the humorous aspects and do not aim at spreading any moral values. The sketches in ‘Laugh-In’ sometimes use sexual undertones in their humor. If you’re looking for shows that use similar concepts and ideas, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best series similar to ‘Laugh-In’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like ‘Laugh-In’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. The Dean Martin Show (1965-1974)
Dean Martin is one of the biggest comedy legends of American television, and ‘The Dean Martin Show’ is the longest-running show he has ever worked in. It is a sketch-comedy show that ran on NBC from 1965 to 1974. Martin, interestingly, only agreed to do the show after NBC promised he would not have to appear for rehearsals. Whatever mistake he made during the show was aired as it is, including the part where he fixes his mistake. The show has some segments which are done regularly like Martin singing two songs, one a serious ballad, and one a comedic duet. In another regular segment, the song ‘Strangers In The Night’ is played and Dean asks the viewers to write to him saying who they think the singer is. Finally, one day, the actual singer of the song, Frank Sinatra makes an appearance on the show saying that he himself is the mystery singer. The series was very popular among fans and even won Martin a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series.
6. The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)
Considered by many to be one of the greatest shows ever in American television history, ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978. Carol Burnett herself along with Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner are the stars of the show. Waggoner left in 1975 and was replaced by Tim Conway, who was only a guest star in some episodes till then. A number of recurring sketches are put up in every episode where we see the comedic duo of Burnett and Vicki Lawrence perform as two sisters. Interestingly enough, Lawrence’s letter written as a fan to Burnett helped her land the gig. Parody sketches in the series like ‘As The Stomach Turns’ (‘As The World Turns’), ‘Went With The Wind!’ (‘Gone With The Wind’) became very popular and made Burnett into a household name. The show won a whopping 25 Primetime Emmy Awards during its run.
5. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)