List of Programs Broadcast By The WB - Sitcom/Comedy

Sitcom/Comedy

  • All About the Andersons (2003–2004) – All About the Andersons originally aired on The WB Television Network from September 12, 2003 to February 12, 2004. It lasted one season before being canceled.
  • Alright Already (1997–1998) – Carol Leifer starred in, created and executive-produced the WB sitcom Alright Already, called one of the "10 Best New Shows of the New Season" by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Despite good reviews, the show only ran one season.
  • The Army Show (1998) – The Army Show was first shown on September 13, 1998.
  • Blue Collar TV (2004–2006) – The show halted production a few weeks into the 2005 fall season. It was also removed from the lineups of both Comedy Central and the WB. No official statement was given by the WB, though Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy both confirmed the end of Blue Collar TV on their websites. Blue Collar TV returned on May 31, 2006, to finish airing its second season throughout the summer as filler for the final weeks of The WB, which would shut down later that year. The show did not move to The CW.
  • Brutally Normal (2000) – The series premiered on January 24, 2000 with two back-to-back episodes later airing along with Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (which was re-tooled in its second season as Zoe...). A total of eight episodes were produced with only five of those episodes airing with the show being canceled on February 14, 2000.
  • Brotherly Love (1996–1997, acquired from NBC) – Brotherly Love ran from September 16, 1995 to April 1, 1996, on NBC, and then moved to The WB, where it aired from September 15, 1996 until May 18, 1997.
  • Cleghorne! (1995) – The series was canceled after 12 of the 15 episodes produced were aired.
  • Do Over (2002–2003) – It was scheduled on Thursdays at 8:30 EST. Unfortunately, the show was pitted against CBS's Survivor and NBC's Scrubs. Although the show had a devoted fan base, it suffered from low ratings and was cancelled after showing eleven of fifteen episodes.
  • Drew Carey's Green Screen Show (2004) – Drew Carey's Green Screen Show premiered on The WB Network on October 7, 2004. Coinciding with the show's debut, Carey participated in a number of promotional appearances, such as guest hosting The Late Late Show, and starring in a special episode of Blue Collar TV, Green Screen's lead-in program. On November 8, after having run five episodes, The WB announced that it was temporarily pulling "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show" from its schedule for November sweeps after it averaged 2.7 million viewers per week. It was confirmed as cancelled in May 2005 at their 2005-06 fall presentation. As a result, Drew Carey and executive producer Ron Diamond, took the show to Comedy Central, returning it to the air on September 26, 2005.
  • Family Affair (2002–2003) – A revival of Family Affair by Sid and Marty Krofft aired on The WB Television Network from September 12, 2002 to March 13, 2003. This version was produced by Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, Pariah Films and Turner Television and lasted for 16 episodes (14 of the 16 were aired). It was filmed in the same CBS Studio City lot as was the original series. Although the one-hour pilot had good ratings, the subsequent episodes declined against competition such as Friends
  • First Time Out (1995) – Originally holding the working title Girlfriends and described as a "Latino Living Single", the series first aired on September 10, 1995 and last aired on December 17, 1995. Only 12 episodes of First Time Out aired on The WB Television Network. 4 episodes were still unaired.
  • For Your Love (1998–2002, acquired from NBC) – For Your Love premiered on March 17, 1998 on NBC. It was canceled after six episodes, but was picked up by The WB Network. It ran there for four years before its 2002 cancellation.
  • Greetings from Tucson (2002–2003)
  • Grosse Pointe (2000) – Critics were largely positive towards Grosse Pointe. TIME wrote that it was "nicely cast and smartly paced, it's a sassy, catty riot.". The New York Daily News wrote that it was "the funniest, smartest comedy" that the WB has ever had. Despite this, the series struggled with low ratings. In its Friday night timeslot, it typically lost an average of one million viewers from its lead-in, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. It was the only WB comedy to receive an "A" grade from Entertainment Weekly. Though the network tried to find an audience for it by moving it around the schedule, Grosse Pointe ultimately failed to attract enough viewers to sustain it past one season. Reportedly, Beverly Hills 90210 producer Aaron Spelling called WB executive Jamie Kellner to complain about Lindsay Sloane's character Marcy Sternfeld, who in the original pilot was a thinly veiled parody of Spelling's daughter, actress Tori Spelling. Darren Star asked several actors from Spelling Soaps to appear on the series. Jason Priestly and Joe E. Tata from Beverly Hills, 90210 appeared in separate episodes. Jason Priestly directed the episode that he appeared. Kristin Davis from Melrose Place and Sex in the City also appeared in an episode. Katie Wagner, who hosted a Beverly Hills, 90210 special in 1993, also appeared on the show as herself for one episode. Former Saved by the Bell teen star, Elizabeth Berkley, appeared in the series finale. In addition, several actors from other WB series appeared as themselves on Grosse Pointe, such as Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope of Popular and Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Grosse Pointe was on the WB's Friday line-up in between Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Popular. The show lost much of the lead-in audience, and was moved to Sundays. It was canceled in March 2001 after 17 episodes.
  • Grounded for Life (2003–2005, acquired from FOX) – Grounded for Life debuted on January 10, 2001, as a mid-season replacement on the Fox Network. It ran for two seasons on the network until being cancelled only two episodes into its third season. It was immediately picked up for the rest of the third season by The WB Television Network, where it aired for two additional seasons until it ended on January 28, 2005.
  • The Help (2004) – The Help premiered on The WB on March 5, 2004. The WB only aired seven episodes, the show ending on April 16, 2004, and canceled it in May 2004. The premiere of The Help was the most watched program in the Friday 9:30-10:00 time slot on The WB in the 2003-04 season. The premiere was more popular among women than men aged 12–34 (2.0/8 versus 1.3/5).
  • Hype (2000) – It ran for 16 episodes from October 8, 2000 to February 18, 2001.
  • The Jamie Foxx Show (1996–2001) – The Jamie Foxx Show aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. The series aired in broadcast syndication distributed by Telepictures Distribution and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution from 2000 to 2003. Reruns of the series also aired on BET from 2005 to 2008 and started airing once again September 2009 to present, and as part of The CW Television Network's The CW Daytime (along with reruns of The Wayans Bros.) block from September 2008 to September 2009.
  • The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (2002–2004) – The show was cancelled in April 2004 after having failing ratings on The WB. It was then picked up by the G4 network for syndication in October 2006.
  • Kelly Kelly (1998) – The series premiered April 20, 1998 on The WB. After airing two episodes to low ratings, The WB moved the series from Mondays to Sundays.
  • Kirk (1995–1997) – Kirk aired for two seasons on The WB from August 23, 1995 to January 12, 1997. Kirk was one of only two series produced by Bickley-Warren Productions and Jeff Franklin Productions that was not produced by Miller-Boyett Productions (the other being Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, which William Bickley and Michael Warren served as showrunners/executive producers during that series' final three seasons). During the development stage, the series originally went under the working title Life Happens, and was originally conceived as a series for ABC (who had broadcast other series produced by Bickley and Warren, and their production partners Tom L. Miller and Robert Boyett) before the network's decision to move away from family sitcoms, just prior to the network's 1995 purchase by The Walt Disney Company.
  • Life with Roger (1996–1997) – The series premiered on September 8, 1996, airing twenty episodes before being canceled in March 1997 due to low ratings.
  • Like Family (2003–2004) – The series was cancelled after all but one of the 22 episodes produced were aired.
  • Living With Fran (2005–2006) – Living With Fran debuted on The WB network in April 2005 that starred Fran Drescher. The show last aired on March 24, 2006. On October 18, 2005, Living with Fran was removed from The WB's Friday night schedule and was replaced with the new series Twins. The show returned Friday, January 13, 2006, at 8:30pm. The second season finale aired on Friday, March 24, 2006. In the episode, Riley proposed to Fran; the episode was a cliffhanger, and Fran's answer was not revealed. On May 17, 2006, one day before the upfronts, it was announced that Living with Fran would not be returning for a third season. The series was originally titled Shacking Up and was not renamed until very close to its premiere; episodes of television entertainment shows like Extra can be found on the internet discussing the show with the cast and previewing clips while still calling it Shacking Up. It is worth noticing that the series' title is written incorrectly as short prepositions, such as "with," are not capitalized. Therefore, Living With Fran should properly be spelled Living with Fran.
  • Maybe It's Me (2001–2002) – It first aired on October 5, 2001 and ended on May 3, 2002. During the network's upfront presentation that season, the show was originally titled Maybe I'm Adopted, but following negative feedback, the show was re-titled. The show was unique in that it featured pop-up graphics on the screen.
  • Modern Men (2006) – Modern Men premiered March 17, 2006, on The WB. The show was canceled on May 18, 2006, due to a lack of time slots from the merger of The WB and UPN that created the new network The CW.
  • Movie Stars (1999–2000)
  • Muscle (1995) – Muscle was one of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two-hour WB lineup (with The Wayans Bros., The Parent 'Hood, and Unhappily Ever After); it was the only one of the four that did not make it past the first season.
  • Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (1996–1998) – By the spring of 1998, when Nick's numerous attempts to court Dr. Emerson had failed, his attention switched to that of a voluptuous new manager in his apartment building, Samantha (Donna D'Errico). The two consummated their sexual tension quickly and became an item. The addition of D'Errico to Nick Freno was seen as a last-ditch attempt to save the show from cancellation, but was not picked up for a third season.
  • Nikki (2000–2002) – A total of 41 episodes were ordered, produced and filmed, but due to low ratings, Nikki was canceled in January of 2002. Only 35 episodes were aired, the last being "She Was a Job-Jumper", on January 27, 2002.
  • Off Centre (2001–2002) – Off Centre aired on The WB network from October 14, 2001 to October 31, 2002. The show aired on The WB network on Sunday nights, and despite dismal ratings, was renewed for a second season. However, the move to Thursday did not help the show, and it was cancelled seven episodes into the second season, leaving two episodes ("Scary Sitcom" and "Chau's Hard Iced Tea") unfilmed.
  • The O'Keefes (2003) – It premiered on May 22, 2003 and ended on June 12, 2003.
  • The Parent 'Hood (1995–1999) – Originally to have been titled Father Knows Nothing (a parody of the title of the 1950s sitcom Father Knows Best), the series was one of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two-hour lineup that helped launch The WB network (along with The Wayans Bros., Unhappily Ever After and the short-lived Muscle). In September 1999, The Parent 'Hood began in off-network syndication, with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution handling syndication of the series. At that same time, Chicago-based national cable superstation WGN also began airing reruns of the sitcom, with the series airing until 2002 (when its broadcast syndication run also ended); ironically, both the local Chicago feed and the national superstation feed of WGN aired The Wayans Bros. in first-run form from 1995 to 1999, when WGN aired WB programming nationally to make The WB available to markets where a local affiliate did not exist (The Parent 'Hood is one of four WB series to air on WGN in first-run and syndication form; The Wayans Bros., 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister are the others). Hollywood Insider reported that the series was slated to be cancelled by WB in May 1998, leaving another cliffhanger, but the network gave the series a last-minute 13 episode renewal for midseason. In the 1997–98 fourth season finale, T.K. gets into a fight with several thugs (Tyrese Gibson appears), and Robert tries to talk him out the situation. Robert and T.K. leave and the thugs fire the gun, ending the episode on a cliffhanger. The show's final season was placed on hiatus after the cliffhanger episode, and did not return until May 23, 1999, a year after the season finale aired. In the last episode, which was not produced nor written as the last episode, Jerri and Robert renew their wedding vows and the cast is seen dancing in a Soul Train line before the final commercial break.
  • Pepper Dennis (2006) – Pepper Dennis aired on The WB from April to July 4, 2006. It was quickly announced on May 17, 2006 that Pepper Dennis would not be one of the WB shows transferred to The CW Television Network. Pepper Dennis was the final show to premiere on The WB before its transition to The CW network.
  • Popular (1999–2001)
  • Raising Dad (2001–2002) – Raising Dad aired on the WB from September 2001 until May 2002.
  • Reba (2001–2006, also on The CW) – For the show's first five seasons, it ran on The WB, with the show transitioning to The CW in its last year. The show was canceled when The WB Television Network and UPN merged into The CW Television Network. However, in an 11th hour move on May 17, 2006, The CW renewed Reba with a 13-episode order, reportedly to fulfill a syndication contract worth $20 million. In November 2006, The CW announced that the show would be paired with 7th Heaven, Sundays at 7 p.m., beginning later that month. Reba encores were scheduled for Sundays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode at 7:30 p.m. Reba became the top-rated sitcom on the CW, also surpassing the dramas Supernatural, One Tree Hill, and Veronica Mars. The final episode aired on February 18, 2007. Midway through Season 6, word began circulating that the CW had ordered "the back nine," or the remaining episodes that would have given Reba a full-season order. But on January 19, 2007 during the network's TCA Press Tour, it was revealed that the series had been canceled, with no "back nine" on order. The series finale garnered 4.44 million viewers in its final half hour. Rumors continued to float on the CW's message boards and Reba fan sites that the series might still have a chance at renewal, citing the possible removal of programming chief Dawn Ostroff, or that Lifetime may option to a Van/Cheyenne spinoff series. It was soon announced that Garcia and Howey had each been signed to new shows for CBS and FOX respectively. An interview Reba McEntire gave as part of the press coverage of her then upcoming duets album revealed that the show was not being shopped around and that the series was indeed finished. In an interview with Variety on May 29, 2007, 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman said that he regretted The WB's handling of the show in later years, saying that he was sure the series would have been a hit for CBS or ABC. Reba set a new all-time viewership record for any program on the WB's Friday night (best-ever Friday in women 18–49). During its five seasons on the Friday night lineup, it often ranked 4th in its timeslot, with a few episodes bringing in over 5 million viewers. Reba's premiere on The CW Sunday averaged 4.02 million viewers, including 1.64 million viewers and 40 percent among adults 18–49 more than when Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us premiered in the same time slot, thus making Reba the highest rated sitcom on the network. With Reba as a lead in, 7th Heaven saw a season high of 4.51 million viewers. Reba was averaging 3,630,000 viewers since the beginning of its sixth season, making it the seventh most-watched show and the most-watched sitcom on The CW throughout the 2006–07 television season. The new Reba episodes vary as being either sixth or seventh most-watched program on the network, sometimes ranking as high as #3 for the week. Throughout The CW's inaugural season (2006–07), no other program had higher viewer turnout for repeat airings than Reba. As a result of the lackluster ratings for encores of the summer drama Hidden Palms, repeats of Reba returned to the CW's schedule in June 2007 after being absent for three months, and they immediately became the most-watched program of the night. Later in the summer, repeats of Reba were the most-viewed program on the CW network.
  • Run of the House (2003–2004) – Run of the House that aired between September 2003 and May 2004. 19 episodes were produced but only 16 were aired before the show was cancelled.
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (2000–2003, acquired from ABC) – Its first four seasons aired on ABC from September 1996 to May 2000; the final three seasons ran on The WB Television Network from September 2000 to April 2003. The unofficial pilot of the series was the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The movie, produced by Viacom and Hartbreak Films and aired on Showtime, starred Melissa Joan Hart as the title character, Sabrina Sawyer, and Charlene Fernetz and Sherry Miller as Sabrina's aunts Zelda and Hilda respectively. When the television series debuted on ABC later that year, Hart became Sabrina Spellman (the character's original last name in the comics), and Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick replaced Fernetz and Miller. In 2000, the show was dropped by ABC and picked up by The WB. When viewership began to wane, the show was canceled after seven seasons. When The WB network picked up the series after ABC canceled the series, the show also picked up the rights to air reruns of the series from September 2000 on a weekday basis after the broadcast snydication ended in fall 2005.
  • Sister, Sister (1995–1999, acquired from ABC) – The series ran from April 1, 1994 to April 28, 1995 on ABC, and was canceled by the network after two seasons, reportedly due to poor ratings. The series was picked up by The WB and aired on that network from September 6, 1995, through May 23, 1999. For the first five seasons, the series would often have Tia and Tamera, either together or separately, breaking the fourth wall by talking directly to the viewer. During the ABC run, Tia and Tamera would address the audience on some of the goings on in the storyline involving them and occasionally other main characters, usually Roger. After the series moved to The WB, the breaking of the fourth wall was limited mainly to certain episodes and usually only in the teaser scenes and featured increasingly less often by the fourth season. For some of the episodes in the fifth season, it was included but was dropped by the middle of the fifth season. The sixth season was the only season that did not include it.
  • Smart Guy (1997–1999) – The series ran on The WB for three seasons from April 2, 1997 to May 16, 1999. Three months after Smart Guy was canceled on The WB, reruns began airing on the Disney Channel from September 1999 and continued to air until September 2003, and again in a "Back to School" themed marathon of the show in August 2004.
  • Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge (2003–2005)
  • The Steve Harvey Show (1996–2002) – The Steve Harvey Show aired for six seasons from August 25, 1996 to February 17, 2002 on The WB Television Network. In 2001, Harvey decided to pursue other projects. He wished to end the show after the fifth season, but at the insistence of the WB network, reluctantly filmed a 13-episode sixth season. The series was first distributed to syndication to WB and UPN affiliates in the United States by Columbia TriStar Domestic Television in September 2001, and remained airing in broadcast syndication in some U.S. markets on various local stations (such as WCIU and Me-TV in Chicago) as late as 2008.
  • The Tom Show (1997–1998) – The Tom Show aired on The WB on Sunday nights from September 7, 1997 to March 15, 1998.
  • Twins (2005–2006) – The show was cancelled on May 18, 2006 due to the merger of the WB and UPN that created the new network The CW.
  • Unhappily Ever After (1995–1999) – Unhappily Ever After (often shortened to Unhappily... in promotional advertisements) aired for 100 episodes on The WB network from January 11, 1995, to May 23, 1999, for a total of four and a half seasons. Unhappily Ever After was one of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two-hour lineup that helped launch The WB network (along with The Wayans Bros., The Parent 'Hood and the short-lived Muscle).
  • The Wayans Bros. (1995–1999) – The Wayans Bros. was the first series to debut on The WB, when it launched on January 11, 1995; it was one of the four sitcoms that aired as part of the original Wednesday night two-hour lineup that helped launch the network (along with Unhappily Ever After, The Parent 'Hood and the short-lived Muscle). While in development, the series' working title was initially supposed to have been Brother to Brother, before the name of the series changed to The Wayans' Bros. Warner Bros. Television Distribution handles syndication distribution of the series. In September 1999, after the series was cancelled by The WB, the series began airing in off-network syndication to Fox, WB and UPN affiliates nationwide. At that same time, Chicago-based national cable superstation WGN began airing reruns of the series, airing the series until 2002 (when its broadcast syndication run also ended); ironically, WGN (both the local Chicago feed and the national superstation feed) aired The Wayans Bros. in first-run form from 1995 to 1999, when WGN (whose local Chicago feed was an affiliate of the network) carried WB programming nationally to make The WB available to markets where a local affiliate did not exist (The Wayans Bros. is one of three WB series to have aired on WGN in both first-run and syndication form; The Parent 'Hood, 7th Heaven and Sister, Sister being the others).
  • What I Like About You (2002–2006) – The series ran on The WB Television Network from September 20, 2002, to March 24, 2006, with a total of 86 episodes produced. With the exception of a brief period early in the second season, What I Like About You was a headline on The WB's Friday Night Comedy Lineup. From February to September 2006, the series aired as reruns in a new weekday afternoon block called "Daytime WB" on its home network, The WB alongside Reba. After The CW network launched in September 2006, reruns of the series aired on the network's "Daytime CW" afternoon block until September 2008.
  • Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (also known as Zoe...) (2000) – During development, the show was initially known as Zoe Bean and was later retitled Zoe... during its second season. The series ran for a total of 26 episodes (13 each season). When the show returned for a second season, it had been heavily retooled. The friendship between the four friends remained intact, but now they were adult college students. Gone was Keller as Zoe's mom, while Omar Gooding joined the cast as the foursome's friend Doug Anderson. The title had also been shortened to simply Zoe... (pronounced on-air as Zoe Dot Dot Dot) out of fear that the former title was turning off potential viewers. After the series was cancelled, Michael Rosenbaum expressed disappointment with the fact that the network had cut his character's name out of the title for the second season.

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