Air dates: February 1, 2007-April 15, 2010
Stars: Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee, Jay Johnston, Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins, Mark Cohen
These days, female comedians are all the rage on TV—just look at how far Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) have come, recently hosting, and killing it at, the Golden Globe Awards broadcast. One hilarious lady who's also worthy of big things is Sarah Silverman, a widely known performer who's yet to reach those Fey/Poehler heights of notoriety. The thing is, though, that Silverman probably likes it that way.
Why? Because her edgy, take-no-prisoners brand of humor isn't built for NBC or basic network television. Given the freedom to push boundaries on The Sarah Silverman Program, the potty-mouthed but clever comedienne subverted sitcom paradigms through sheer inappropriateness.
Take the episode titled "Joan of Arf," for instance, in which Silverman—playing a fictionalized version of herself—gets in trouble for licking her dog's ass in public. Or "A Fairly Attractive Mind," where she tries convincing people that she's mentally retarded. You're not likely to see those plot-lines on Whitney, that's for sure.