40 Greatest Sketch-Comedy TV Shows of All Time

From Caesar to Schumer, 65 years of the Land Shark, the Chicken Lady and a bunch of Muppets

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32. 'Exit 57' (1995-1996)

The opening sequence from the short-lived Exit 57 said quite a bit about the show's acute juxtapositions and unsettling tone: its five-member cast carried off in a serial killer's car while the radio played "If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd've Baked a Cake." The ensemble of Second City pals — Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Jodi Lennon, Mitch Rouse and Paul Dinello — indulged a love of Americana and small, oddball communities by setting its two seasons of sketches in fictional town Quad City. "We try to amuse ourselves," said Colbert to the Chicago Sun-Times, and they did so with absurd, idiosyncratic visions. Salmon farms sparked melodrama, rogue dentists gave unwanted cleanings to passersby in the park, and it all seemed perfectly normal.

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