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Death be not proud -- but on TV, sometimes hilarious

April 3, 2010 |  6:00 am

ComedyThere you are, watching your favorite comedy show -- and then, it happens. Someone has to go and die.

Now what? Laugh, cry or turn the TV off and light a candle for the soul of the dear, departed fictional one?

As a Sunday Calendar feature by the father-daughter team of Sy and Katie Rosen explores, the best TV comedies about mortality can spark any of these reactions and more. They write:

"A great comedy death episode can be touching, poignant, cynical, dark, hysterical, sadistic, heartbreaking, exhilarating, anticipated and/or shocking...."

That's why they picked their top 10 best comedy shows dealing with death. Now, "South Park," above, was not one of them -- perhaps the repeated killing of Kenny is not quite what they were going for. But maybe it's on your top 10 list. Or not. Either way, take a spin through their picks (by clicking here) and let us know yours in the comments.

-- Scott Sandell

Photo: Oh my God, Death himself is trying to kill Kenny, left -- plus Cartman, Kyle and Stan -- on "South Park." Credit: Comedy Central / Associated Press