Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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Show Summary

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998-2006 and 2013) is based on the British show of the same name, which aired from 1988 to 1998. It features some of the nation's finest improvisational comedians, including Florida's Wayne Brady, Canada's Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles and Drew Carey from The Drew Carey Show. Each week, the preceding four and a rotating group of actors and actresses spontaneously played games with outrageous scenes, weird quirks, or (sometimes off-) key songs

Show History: The show was brought to ABC as a summer series following The Drew Carey Show, and was a modest success, both in new viewers, existing ABC viewers, and Whosers, fans of the British version of the show which aired on the British Channel 4 and, for a time in America, on Comedy Central. The show came back in midseason 1998-99, then was given an hour time slot on Thursday nights for the 1999-2000 season. In this timeslot, while never becoming a resounding success, it did about as well as could be expected against NBC's Must-See TV lineup. Its highest ratings were in November 2000, in "Show No. 313," which featured Oscar winner Robin Williams.

In 2002, the show's ratings began to slip drastically (in large part to facing both Survivor and Friends on Thursday nights). In September of 2002, the show was moved to Monday nights along with The Drew Carey Show, then to Fridays, then off the air, then back on Fridays during the summer of 2003, before being left for dead after that summer. With no word as to what the fate of the show was, fans were left in the dark until summer 2004, when ABC fulfilled its contract with the show by burning off several remaining episodes as part of a sixth "season."

That's was not the end of the "Whose Line" franchise (because no one can kill it). After ABC saw how well the repeats were performing on ABC Family, they asked the producers to cut new "episodes" out of unused footage from the tapings. These were aired on ABC Family as part of the show's seventh and eight "seasons." In 2013 the show returned on the CW network with Aisha Tyler replacing Drew as host. New games including Sideways Scene and What's In The Bag? as well as new players including Gary Anthony Williams and Heather Anne Campbell were showcased.

All spellings of audience members' names are taken from the show's closed captioning, provided by the National Captioning Center in season 1, and Vitac for two and beyond.

Broadcast History ABC August 1998-March 1999 -- Wednesday 9:30 Summer 1999 -- Thursday 8:00 September 1999-September 2000 -- Thursday 8:00 (new) and 8:30 (rerun) September 2000-May 2002 -- Thursday 8:00 (rerun) and 8:30 (new) April 2001-May 2001 -- Friday 8:00 and 8:30 October 2001-December 2001 -- Wednesday 9:30 (Too Hot) June 2002-August 2002-- Friday 9:00 and 9:30 (reruns) September 2002-November 2002 -- Monday 8:30 November 2002-December 2002 -- Friday 9:30 December 2002-January 2003 -- Friday 9:00 March 2003-April 2003 -- Thursday 8:00 and 8:30 June 2003-September 2003 -- Friday 9:00 and 9:30 June 2004-July 2004 -- Thursday 8:00 and 8:30 July 2004-September 2004 -- Saturday 10:00 and 10:30 ABC Family January 2002-present -- Monday through Thursday, occasionally Friday, usually 10:00 and 10:30 (Repeats) January 2005-present -- Monday through Friday, 10:00 (new episodes from unseen footage CW July-September 2013 -- 8:00 (new) and 8:30 (repeats)

Warning: Though most quotes are presented in their censored forms, some areas may contain the uncensored versions of censored lines of the show, and other language not censored ABC, ABC Family or the CW could be deemed objectionable to some viewers of this guide. Surfer discretion is advised.

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Drew Carey

Drew Carey

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Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

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Ryan Stiles

Ryan Stiles

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Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie

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Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady

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Greg Proops

Greg Proops

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  • Oh Yeah!

    8.5
    I remember watching these actors improvise a few times and I was constantly in awe of their talent. Reading this article, I was saddened to see that they had trouble to a show such as Survivor! This was (is) a show with real honest to goodness talent and it had trouble against a reality show!?? I may sound like my father what IS this world coming to? Unfortunately I went many years unable to watch much tv, real life interrupted, but now, as I relax I just may have to see if I can find some of these shows.moreless
  • Fantastic

    10
    Was overjoyed to see the return of these comedic geniuses and was not let down by there performances. I have a few small complaints about the way the show is being run now but it's so good that those small things don't matter!
  • Kings of Komedy

    10
    Best comedy variety show on .

    Green screen and Props are my favorite skits!

    Aisha brings a crazy vibe to the cast!
  • Keep the whole team! They rock!

    10
    This is a great show. The new host is great and Wayne Brady awesome. I prefer this verision over the British one. This is definitely better and more creative. I do love it that they kept some of the people from the British one. They are all so funny and talented.
  • Get rid of Aisha Tyler!

    3.0
    I watched Who's Line is It for years. I was looking forward to it's return, but the new host is absolutely HORRIBLE! I couldn't get through the first show w/o turning it off. She needs to stay on "The Talk" and leave Who's Line!
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