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      The 21 Best TV Comedies of the 21st Century (So Far)

      These are the American shows that made us laugh (and cringe and think and feel) the most over the past two-plus decades.

      By James PoniewozikMike HaleMargaret LyonsJeremy EgnerAustin Considine and

  1. PhotoReece Shearsmith, left, and Steve Pemberton in the episode “A Quiet Night In,” from “Inside No. 9.” The new season of the anthology arrives Tuesday on BritBox.

    ‘Inside No. 9’ Returns With More Cunning Puzzles

    In an interview, the creators Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton discuss the new season and their love of narrative challenges. “It’s been like writing school for us,” Pemberton said.


  2. On Comedy

    PhotoEd McMahon seemed to define the job when he worked with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.”
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    Does the Job of Talk-Show Sidekick Even Make Sense Anymore?

    Andy Richter reinvigorated the thankless, tired role, but now that “Conan” is going off the air, it’s time to re-evaluate work that was often mired in stereotypes.


  3. in her words

    PhotoChris Nee at her home in Los Angeles, Calif.
    CreditJessica Pons for The New York Times

    She Never Saw Herself in Children’s TV Shows. So She Created Her Own.

    For Chris Nee, the producer behind the popular “Doc McStuffins” series, diversity and representation aren’t nice-to-haves. They’re the things she wished TV producers considered when she was a kid.