Laff (TV network)

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TypeDigital multicast television network (Comedy)
CountryUnited States
Affiliatessee list
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Picture format480i (SDTV) 16:9 widescreen
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
ParentScripps Networks, LLC
Key people
  • Jonathan Katz
  • (president/CEO,
  • Katz Broadcasting)
FoundedJanuary 18, 2015; 9 years ago (2015-01-18)
LaunchedApril 15, 2015; 9 years ago (2015-04-15)
FounderJonathan Katz
Streaming media
Service(s)Frndly TV, Sling TV
Laff MoreAmazon Freevee, LG Channels Plex, Tablo, The CW, The Roku Channel, Xumo Play

Laff (legal name: Laff Media, LLC) is an American digital multicast television network headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and is owned by the Scripps Networks subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. The network specializes in comedy programming, featuring mainly sitcoms from the 1990s through the 2020s.[1]


Laff's launch was announced by Katz Broadcasting in January 2015 as having a scheduled launch date of April 15, 2015, coinciding with Tax Day in the United States; the explanation by Katz is that people needed "something to laugh to" on what they deemed one of the most stressful days of the year. The network launched at Noon that day; the first program was the film My Mom's New Boyfriend.[2]

Katz announced that television stations owned by ABC Owned Television Stations and 13 E. W. Scripps Company would serve as the network's charter affiliates; the former serving as a replacement for the standard definition feed of the Live Well Network, which with Laff's announcement also began to roll-back to only being carried by ABCOTS stations.[3][4] On March 13, 2015, Katz Broadcasting announced an affiliation deal with the Cox Media Group to carry Laff on the subchannels of seven of its stations expanding its initial reach to 47% of the country.[5] The following week on March 20, as part of a multi-network affiliation agreement with Katz, the Meredith Corporation announced that it would carry the network on two of its stations.[6][7]

On February 13, 2015, Laff acquired the syndication rights to five sitcoms.[8] Laff followed that deal for film licensing with Disney–ABC Domestic Television, Miramax, and Sony Pictures Television by March 17.[9] Laff made a multi-year deal for five sitcoms with Carsey-Werner Productions in April 2016.[10] Roseanne reruns were removed on May 29, 2018, after Roseanne Barr was fired from the show by ABC (which then continued on as The Conners); both decisions were based on a Roseanne Barr tweet considered racist.[11]

A list of 2019 Nielsen ratings published by Variety indicated that Laff averaged 223,000 viewers in prime time, down 5% from the 2018 average.[12]

The network moved off ABC Owned Television Stations at the beginning of 2021, in favor of new carriage on Scripps's recently acquired Ion Media stations in place of the now-defunct Qubo, Ion Plus and Ion Shop networks.[13]

In July 2023, the managing company of Laff announced an over-the-top streaming channel counterpart of Laff, called Laff More.[14]


Laff provides comedy programming to owned-and-operated and affiliated stations every day from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with paid programming filling the remaining vacated hours. Laff's schedule mainly consists of 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s off-network sitcoms.[1][3] On September 1, 2021, Nexstar launched a direct competitor to Laff, Rewind TV, and the latter network replaced Laff on Nexstar stations (or will in the upcoming months if not immediately possible due to contractual obligations).


Laff carries three to four comedic films throughout its weekend schedule.

Current programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]


As of 20 July 2022, Laff has 425 current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations in 48 states, plus the District of Columbia, covering 91.3% of the United States.[17]


  1. ^ a b Channick, Robert (January 19, 2015). "Laff comedy network to launch on WLS-Ch.7 digital subchannel". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Lafayette, Jon (January 18, 2015). "Exclusive: Comedy Multicast Net Launching on ABC, Scripps". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (January 18, 2015). "ABC Sticks with Live Well Digital Channel, Adds Comedy Net". Variety. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Pergament, Alan (January 20, 2015). "Ch.7 to add comedy network called LAFF in mid-April on sub-channel". Talkin' TV. Buffalo News. Archived from the original on January 25, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Lafayette, Jon (March 13, 2015). "Cox Gets Joke And Gives Viewers LAFF". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Meredith To Add Three Katz Diginets". TVNewsCheck. March 20, 2015. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Jon Lafayette (March 20, 2015). "Meredith To Carry Grit, Escape, LAFF Networks". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "LAFF Comedy Diginet Lands Five Sitcoms". TVNewsCheck. February 13, 2015. Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Jon Lafayette (March 17, 2015). "LAFF Makes Rights Deals to Air 250 Movie Comedies". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d Lafayette, Jon (April 7, 2016). "LAFF Grabs Top Sitcoms in Carsey-Werner Deal". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Petski, Denise (29 May 2018). "'Roseanne' Dropped From Laff Schedule; "Disgusted" By Barr's Racist Comments". Deadline. Archived from the original on 22 June 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Schneider, Michael (26 Dec 2019). "Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2019's Winners and Losers". Variety. Archived from the original on 6 January 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Balderston, Michael (2021-01-14). "Scripps Moving Multicast Networks onto Ion TV Stations". TVTechnology. Archived from the original on Jan 14, 2024.
  14. ^ Lafayette, Jon (2023-07-17). "Scripps Launching Streaming Court TV and Laff Channels". Broadcasting Cable. Next TV. Archived from the original on 2023-08-27. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  15. ^ Albiniak, Paige (March 1, 2019). "Laff to Launch 'According to Jim' in Access". Broadcasting & Cable. Next TV. Archived from the original on 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  16. ^ Laff (March 7, 2018). "Laff Lands Home Improvement in Multi-Year Licensing Agreement With The Disney/ABC Television Group, To Debut Hit Comedy This Fall". PR Newswire (Press release). Archived from the original on Nov 16, 2023.
  17. ^ "Stations for Network - Laff". RabbitEars. Archived from the original on November 29, 2022. Retrieved July 20, 2022.

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