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Are These the Most Essential Comedies Ever?

Watch part one of new video series, RT Essentials, in which we go behind some of the movies and shows that defined genres and eras.

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In our new video series, RT Essentials, we give you the stories behind the movies that defined eras, genres, and the careers of some of our biggest stars.

In this episode we spotlight the comedies that have, over many decades, shaped the genre as we know it today – from romantic comedies like Coming to America and The 40-Year-Old Virgin to spoofs like Scary Movie and Airplane!. Join host Mark Ellis as he dishes on fun behind-the-scenes tidbits, dives into each movie’s impact on the genre that’s all about making us laugh, and shares clips of the funniest moments from these gut-busting classics.

RT Essentials is just one of many awesome new series you can find on The Rotten Tomatoes Channel, now available The Roku Channel and Peacock, and soon available on XUMO TV and beyond. It’s a 24/7 non-stop ode to the best in movies and TV, packed with nostalgic looks back at great moments and awesome trailers, interviews with mega-stars and game-changing filmmakers, and trivia, games, and hilarious debates. Check it out – we think you’ll like it.

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