As far as the Emmys are concerned, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are the only sitcoms out—and that's a shame. Reliable as the former is (and ubiquitous as the latter is), there are a ton of great comedies out that are just getting by with niche audiences, or only beginning to gain Academy recogniton.

The newest crop of sitcoms may be struggle city, but others entering their sophomore or middle seasons are graciously sheltering actors who are flexing acclaimed but otherwise largely unrecognized comedic chops. These are the handful of colorful oddballs and beleaguered straight men and women who are just as meme worthy as some of your favorites. Read on for the Most Underrated Actors on TV Comedies, all currently airing or recently ended.

Written by Frazier Tharpe (@The_SummerMan)

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