A Paley Center for Media TV Special

TV's Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special

Sunday, September 1, 2013
9:00 to 11:00 pm ET
NBC (check local listings)

Star-Studded Special Spotlights Unforgettable Moments with Beloved Comedy Stars Like Jerry Seinfeld, Lucille Ball, Betty White, Michael J. Fox, Ted Danson, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, and More

And the top 5 funniest moments are:

  • 5. The Cosby Show: Dr. Huxtable gives Theo a lesson in home economics
  • 4. The Dick Van Dyke Show: How to get in trouble at an art auction
  • 3. Modern Family: The kids' breakfast surprise for the parent's anniversary
  • 2. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • 1. I Love Lucy: Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory


The funniest, laugh-out-loud scenes from the greatest television shows of yesterday and today are celebrated in TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special, a star-studded, laugh-filled salute airing Sunday, September 1 (9:00 to 11:00 pm ET) on NBC. 

With sixty years of hilarious television show moments to choose from, this entertaining special focuses on the top thirty, ranked in a countdown format and leading to the #1 funniest moment in television history. Unforgettable scenes are humorously captured from television’s most popular comedies, including Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, Friends, Will & Grace, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cheers, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Cosby Show, and Modern Family, as well as unforgettable classics like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show, and All in the Family. The lively laughfest will also include clips from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Taxi, Malcolm in the Middle, Married with Children, Spin City, The Office, In Living Color, How I Met Your Mother, Roseanne, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Matthew Perry, Betty White, Lucille Ball, Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, Johnny Galecki, Dan Castellaneta, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Ted Danson, Michael J. Fox, Ty Burrell, and Julie Bowen are just a few of the many performers who will be spotlighted in memorable moments. Comic gems will also feature Christina Applegate, Eric McCormack, Tony Danza, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinksi, Brad Garrett, Phil Hartman, Jane Kaczmarek, Katey Sagal, and more. And beloved stars featured in the clips will be interviewed, sharing revealing, behind-the-scenes commentary about what led to each classic moment. It’s an engaging, funny, and all-star salute to TV’s funniest scenes that television fans won’t want to miss. 

Pat Mitchell, Diane Lewis, and Brad Lachman are the executive producers of this special from Brad Lachman Productions.

The Paley Center will be live tweeting during the special on Sept. 1. Follow @paleycenter on Twitter, and use the hashtag #PaleyCountdown to share predictions of what is the funniest moment in TV history, and to join in the conversation during the special.

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