8. 'The Kids in the Hall' (1989-1995)
Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels produced Kids in the Hall, but the Canadian series couldn't be any more different from its more famous American sibling. The self-contained fivesome never relied on pop culture references or celebrity impressions to get a laugh. Instead they created surreal characters that seemed to inhabit some mysterious other universe or just some dark and oversexed corner of the Prairie Provinces — see the Chicken Lady, a human/chicken hybrid who has spontaneous, feathery orgasms; or Cabbage Head, a misogynist who uses his cranial condition to get pity sex. Often their funniest characters were also their saddest and sorriest, which made for complicated comedy. "We were constantly being monitored, censored, constantly being advised not to do things. We just did it anyway," KITH member Scott Thompson told Now Toronto. "The truth is, a lot of those fights were fun."