The Sarah Silverman Program

The Sarah Silverman Program
Genre Sitcom
Surreal humor
Created by Sarah Silverman
Dan Harmon
Rob Schrab
Starring Sarah Silverman
Laura Silverman
Brian Posehn
Steve Agee
Jay Johnston
Composer(s) Adam Berry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 32 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sarah Silverman
Rob Schrab
Dan Sterling
Heidi Herzon
Location(s) Valley Village, California (setting)
Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California
(filming location)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Eleven Eleven O' Clock Productions
Oil Factory, Inc.
Original network Comedy Central
Original release February 1, 2007 (2007-02-01) – April 15, 2010 (2010-04-15)
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The Sarah Silverman Program is an American television sitcom, which ran from February 1, 2007 to April 15, 2010 on Comedy Central[1] starring comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who created the series with Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab.

The Sarah Silverman Program faced cancellation in 2009 when Comedy Central and the producers were unable to reach an agreement for the show's per-episode budget. LGBT-interest cable channel Logo stepped in to co-produce the third season.[2]


Episodes revolve around the adventures of Sarah and her friends in Valley Village, California, a district in the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles, which is portrayed as an autonomous city within the show. Silverman plays a fictionalized version of herself, an unemployed woman who leads an irresponsible life. Her most notable trait is her undiluted, childlike self-absorption, which commonly leads to awkward comedic situations in which she insults friends, family, and total strangers. The show tackled issues such as abortion, racism, and same-sex marriage; it was canceled after three seasons.[3] The show was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California.


Recurring characters


SeasonEpisodesPremiere dateEnd date
Season 1 6 February 1, 2007 March 8, 2007
Season 2 16 October 3, 2007 December 11, 2008
Season 3 10 February 4, 2010 April 15, 2010

The 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike put The Sarah Silverman Program on hiatus in November 2007.[7] The second half of the second season began airing on October 8, 2008.[8] The third season premiered February 4, 2010.[9] The series' first TV-MA rated episode, "Just Breve" (episode 308), aired on April 1, 2010.


Sarah Silverman

The show's premiere drew impressive ratings, 1.8 million total viewers and 1.3 with the 18–49 demographic, making it "cable's biggest audience of the night."[10] The show had the single best debut ratings "for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series Drawn Together (2.2 million viewers) in 2004."[11] On February 12, 2007, eleven days after the show's premiere, Comedy Central announced that it had "ordered 16 new episodes for air this fall and next spring." The network claimed the early pickup was because in its first two weeks, "[the show] was the most-watched cable show in primetime among all key demos." Comedy Central called it "its most successful primetime launch in three years."[12]

The show also drew some critical acclaim. Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, said that the show was "bursting with imagination, audacity, rude charm, and a relentlessly funny worldview" and called the show "an offbeat gem."[13] Daniel Fierman of Entertainment Weekly called it "totally hilarious."[14] Tad Friend of The New Yorker called the show "The meanest sitcom in years – and one of the funniest."[15] Doug Elfman of The Chicago Sun-Times called the show "a live-action comedy as funny as Chappelle's Show."[16] Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the top 10 new TV series of 2007, ranking it at No.six.[17] The show has also been praised for its non-stereotypical portrayal of a gay couple, resulting in a GLAAD Media Awards nomination.[18]

The show has had its fair share of detractors. Matt Roush of TV Guide called the show "juvenile" saying that, "Silverman reminds us how quickly the novelty can wear off while watching a pixie with a potty mouth." Roush went on to say that, "If there's such a thing as feminist frat-boy humor, Silverman has mastered it. Big deal."[19] gave the show a negative review, elaborating that, "The Sarah Silverman Program has all of the charms of a joke with an audible fart as the punch line."[20]

On July 16, 2009, Silverman was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on the series.

DVD releases

DVD nameRelease dateEp #Additional information
Season OneOctober 2, 20076 Audio commentary, musical performances, karaoke sing-along, and never before seen extras. A Best Buy exclusive, comes with bonus disc of Sarah's various Comedy Central material from Roasts and Crank Yankers.
Season Two (Volume One)October 14, 20086Audio commentary, digital shorts, behind-the-scenes footage, and the cast and creators at 2007's Comic-Con.
Season Two (Volume Two)February 9, 201010
Season ThreeDecember 18, 201210 A Writers Conversation, Odds 'N' Ends, original pilot, audition videos, and audio commentaries.
The Complete SeriesJune 19, 201232


A soundtrack album was released on March 2, 2010 entitled From Our Rears to Your Ears. It contains 99 tracks from the show's three seasons.

International broadcasts

Country TV network Date of premiere Weekly schedule
United States Comedy Central, Logo TV February 1, 2007 Thursdays, 12am/11pm
Australia The Comedy Channel, SBS 2 February 17, 2009 Tuesdays, 9:00pm AEDT
Brazil Comedy Central, Sony Entertainment
Canada The Comedy Network March 1, 2007 Tuesdays, 9:00pm Eastern
Germany Comedy Central Germany October 23, 2008 Sundays, 0:45am; Mondays, 5:00am
Hungary Comedy Central Hungary December 4, 2009 Fridays, 11:00pm
Ireland Comedy Central IRE October 4, 2007 Fridays, 11:00pm
Israel HOT3, Bip, HOT Comedy Central
Italy Comedy Central Italy September 22, 2008
Latin America Sony Entertainment, Comedy Central March 4, 2008 Tuesdays, 1:00am
The Middle East Super Comedy Orbit cable network
Netherlands Comedy Central Netherlands Saturdays, 20:25 - 21:50 hours
New Zealand C4 & Comedy Central February 5, 2008 (C4) Saturdays, 10:00pm (C4)
Poland Comedy Central Polska November 28, 2008 Fridays, 11:15pm
Singapore Comedy Central Asia February 1, 2013 Fridays, 10:30pm[21]
Sweden SVT1 February 18, 2009 Wednesdays, 10:25pm
Turkey e2 June 4, 2007 Mondays 11:30pm
United Kingdom Comedy Central, Channel 4 October 4, 2007 Fridays, 11:00pm


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