Top Ten Best Sitcoms of All Time

Here is a list of the top ten sitcoms you make a point of watching each week or still watch each time they pop up in syndication.

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1Friends

Every single episode makes you laugh out loud even though you have memorized the punchlines. It never gets old!

True, Full House was cleaner and had more family appropriate content.

Every single episode of Friends is great. It is simply the best! Other websites rate Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother and the Simpsons, BUT FRIENDS IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE BEST AND THE FUNNIEST T.V. oF ALL TIME!

People need to stop focusing on stuff that has sexual content, that's almost like porn and Friends had sexual content, it's a violation to our society. - nelsonerico

You can never get enough of it! Beats everything else! So much better than the wanna be How I Met Your Mother or any other thing for that matter! THE BEST SHOW EVER! LOVE IT! MAKES YOU WANNA CRY! SO FUNNY!

Shows with laugh tracks are useless and dumb nowadays, they just worked in the past, but laugh tracks are now overused and unappealing nowadays, shaky camera work like in Modern Family is less distracting to anyone than laugh tracks. - nelsonerico

Best casting for a show ever!

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2Seinfeld

The best of the best of the best...
Every character is unique in its own way..
Love kramer's entrance and jerry's comedy show...

Friends was the best as a matter of fact, If you saw every episode of Friends and every episode of Seinfeld, You would've loved Friends the best. - nelsonerica

BEST SHOW EVER! It's a best comedy based in black Humor, the characters represents our hidden bad side. The last episode, is the best final for a comedy. Excellent. - What he said.

Not as good a Friends as a matter of fact, Friends had the best humor and the best emotions and the best families of any sitcom ever to be made as a matter of fact. - nelsonerica

SIMPLY THE BEST = Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld were pure genius at work, George Costanza has to be one of the best created and embodied sitcom characters ever - Jason Alexander was magnificent; the clever plot mixed brilliantly high-class black humor with day-to-day situations blown out of proportions which allow the viewers around the world to relate with the characters. I guess we all tried at least once to open the door the way Kramer did when entering Jerry's apartment, Elaine was one of the best played female characters in a sitcom. Truly brilliant.
I cannot imagine someone not knowing about the Soup-Nazi, about the bubble boy and the misprint "Moops", about Newman - the archenemy, about "Mulva", about the scene where Frank Costanza asks "o you want a piece of me? ", or about "By the way - they're real and they're spectacular", or "I don't have a square to spare", or even about the bet about who won't cave in to the urge to masturbate, or about Elaine trying to "turn", to ...more

Technically, Friends is the best sitcom as a matter of fact, Seinfeld is good at 2nd place. - nelsonerica

Seinfeld is and will always be the greatest sitcom to have ever been created. - creed99

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3The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the series, along with Steven Molaro.

No. 11? This is just unbelievable. I mean, after all, my favorite IS How I Met Your Mother.
BAZINGA!
Of course not!
Ever since I started watching The Big Bang Theory, all other sitcoms become.. Well, the same. Nothing can compare. Love it, Love it, Love it!
Don't believe me? Watch it, and be convinced!

Every episode of this show cracks me up like no other sitcom. All of the characters are well developed both in the show in general and in each episodes. Greatness!

Best humor ever. Very well written with amazing characters and absolutely brilliant Sheldon. Often portraits our "normal" daily activities in a different light - light of rationalism and logic. Brilliant!

I'm not insane. My mother had me tested.

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4The SimpsonsThe Simpsons is a cartoon that started in 1989, and is still running as of 2016. It is about a man named Homer and his family going through a long series of misadventures.

It's a hard thing to judge the Simpsons nowadays due to its major decrease in popularity and sadly enough quality during the later seasons so it is a testament to just how good the first 5-6 seasons were that I can still resolutely put this at first.

First off The early Simpsons just 'gets' satire better than any other show, book, film etc. It doesn't fall into the trap of waving pop culture in your face and saying "look, laugh" neither does it demonize the thing they're satirizing. The cultural references used are to great effect instead of being thrown in for cheap laughs.

But the thing that makes the early seasons first and foremost is their heart. The Simpsons would barely ever take sides to a debate but properly show the good and the bad while still presenting laugh out loud humour. The majority of episodes are more complex than most hollywood feature comedies, hell, most hollywood films. It is incredibly rare to have a early Simpsons episode that missed ...more - togutas

I love this show! it has got some great guest apperances, it's clever, cool characters and everybody is Yellow!

I love the simpsons. It's the best sitcom ever! I hope it never ends. The simpsons are always coming up with funny jokes. And they're yellow. That's my favourite colour!

It used to be funny, now it sucks, the writers ran out of ideas and hired talentless writers - nelsonerica

The Simpsons is not boring. It is an exciting show because it is funny, and they make funny jokes.

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5How I Met Your MotherHow I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan.

It's the awesomest of all the shows. Its the legend-daddy show of the world. Each and every character in the show are performing to their fullest and its this thing that makes it, "The Best of The Best".

How I Met Your Mother is nothing less than a wonderful magical experience. The character quality is nothing short than multi-dimensional and the story is so well-planned that one starts an episode baffled and finishes it laughing. Kudos to the makers and actors.

I can't even begin to express just how incredible this show was. It was hilarious, it was smart, it was deep, it was heartfelt, it was sad, it was happy, it was well written, it was unique in its delivery of an otherwise old style, but most of all, it was beautiful. Each and every character actually developed over 9 years, and the story itself was actually dependent on previous episodes (not really a sitcom thing to do). This show made me laugh in every single episode, but it also made me literally cry in more episodes than I can count (and I'm a DUDE). Why did it make me cry, because it tapped into my own experiences (as I'm sure it did for millions of others). This show played the heart strings of everyone's reality, and managed to be completely sincere and hilarious at the same time. Truly,... yes... "legendary". I watched friends, and I liked friends, but there was still something a little too fake about it. Another hundred years may pass before something even comes close to How I ...more

The best show on the face of this earth

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6Modern Family

Phil Dunphy, the best character I have seen on TV in many years. Sofia Vergara is hilarious too.

Can't believe its not in the top ten!
This is the best sitcom ever!
Its suitable for every age and its always funny.
Luke is super funny just like phil.
BEST SHOW EVER!

Love this show! 4? Are you kidding me...
Amazing characters... Awesome kids!
Each episode is funnier than the last... Never want this show to end.

This is by far to be one of the most popular sitcoms to appear on television during the 2010s decade. Let's hope to make this show all the way up to season 10! - creed99

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7The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

You gotta be kidding me, there's no way the fresh prince should be 11th on this list. I've never seen another sitcom that could make you laugh, cry, and make you care about the characters the way this show did. I think friends is the the closest that could come to this show. This show taught lessons to kids, there was meaning behind every episode. This show should be number 1 above all others. Sure friends was a great show, you also cared about those characters, but most of the episodes lacked true meaning other than to be entertaining

Will smith is the shizzle, one of the few that can be funny and serious. - westofohio

Wish the shows was still on today. Needs to try and get the show back on the air. Only thing I still watch that was made before I was born.

From west Philly I was birthed, and on the playground I played most of my life. I was sitting there chilling relaxing all cool when a couple of guys who were up to no good, started making trouble in my neighborhood, I got in 1 fight and my mother got scared. She said "You're moving in with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air."

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8Cheers

Having Cheers #22 on this list is a travesty. It looks like whomever made this list has only watched the 90's sitcoms, as many of the top ones are more recent. Cheers is, hands down, the greatest sitcom ever.

Not really, it's a fact that Friends is the greatest sitcom ever.

Cheers is great, hilarious still after all these years. Ted Danson is great.

I'm sitting watching a ballgame this afternoon that went into a rain delay. They played an episode of CHEERS. It really made me think of just how awesome a T.V. show this was back in the 80s. Every character was developed--from Woody & Coach to Dr. Lilith Crain! When characters left (again Coach and Diane Chambers) the show picked up where it left off without skipping a beat! Norm-isms & Cliffy... You can't beat the bar where EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME!

What can I say? Oh, I know..."Norm! "

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9That 70's Show

I love this show. The characters are great and they all have different personalities that fit together. I watched every episode and didn't want the show to end. I still watch it when it comes on T.V... Enough said.

I'm not a sitcom fans at all (maybe some Married With Children and Friends here and there), but I still watch That 70s Show to this day. Every episode still makes me laugh, and I wish I could relive it all over again.

My favorite characters in order! This was so hard to decide! Every character just edged out the other by just a strand of hair! That's how close it is! HERE it goes:
1. Topeher Grace
2. Wilmer Valderama
3. Ashton Kutcher
4. Danny Masterson
5. Mila Kunis
6. Laura Prepon
If I were to rate the whole cast! I'll have Tommy Chong at number 2 MAN! =)) He makes me crack every time. I have to put Kurtwood Smith at 3 behind Kelso, Cause Red Foreman is just so funny and that makes eric really really effective and funny :)) I just love this show to death. I watched the whole 8 season like a 100x each! Even though I know almost all the lines they still crack me up! My favorite show of all time!

Even though I posted a review about parks and recreation I still love this show it is spectacular

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10Two and a Half MenTwo and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003, and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons.

Great writing, terrific ensemble cast and guest stars... Especially the women: Rose/Melanie Lynskey, MoHolland Taylor, Kandi/April Bowlby, and Lydia/Katherine LaNasa, to name only a few

Okay it's not Two and a Half Men without Charlie Sheen. He is what makes the show so amazing. I love Two and Half Men I watch everyday with my dad. It's comical, and without Charlie Sheen the show will be crap. Just saying. Two and a Half Men and That 70's Show should be either number one or number two. I love TWO AND A HALF MEN!

This sitcom is simply amazing, the writing and acting are very good, the conversations that happens in the show are so unpredictable, unlike any other show when you can just guess what they will say, and jake is so funny in this show and hopefully he will have a good career when the show is over.

This show sucks

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The Contenders

11The Office

The show has no laugh track. You can laugh anytime you want. Steve Carell is BRILLIANT!

I laughed, I cried, but throughout this show, you never wanted it to end because the connection you created with the characters. Michael Scott may be one of the most brilliant characters ever invented because of his awkward yet hysterical form a comedy that makes you love him and don't forget Pam and Jim, the couple that showed us that overall love never fails. In the end, this show revealed to me how to see the greatness in small ordinary things like an office, and I am forever grateful for that. - ACbuddy97

Perfect combination of hilarious comedy and connection with the characters. I'm a guy and this is one of the only shows that's every made me cry, and its made me cry plenty of times. Whether it be from a perfectly written and performed joke or an incredibly sentimental performance, which all characters are capable of. You find yourself really caring for characters that are also just sort of a joke in themselves. They also do a wonderful job of making "the little things" like a coworker relationship seem so monumental. Changes the way you look at life and that's not an overstatement.

Brilliant writing and characters that can be both incredibly annoying and wonderfully touching. The chemistry of the cast is amazing.

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12Family GuyFamily Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie ...read more.

Pushes the boundaries every episode - nothing is funnier today!

This Cartoon is so funny that no matter how much I watch the same episode still gives me laughs and peter's shenanigans are so much wacky. Buttscratcher! Is the best joke I guess.

This is a genuinely funny T.V. show. However, I think Chris deserves more credit than he gets. Behind Peter, he is the funniest character on the show.

With that being said, this show is extremely intelligent and gets you laughing when you least expect it. Kudos to Seth MacFarlane for creating the funniest show on T.V. today. - alexschubert

This show is evil and sucks

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13Married with Children

How this isn't number 1, I don't know. This is the most outrageous sitcom of all times. I don't know how to laugh at other sitcoms after getting used to the humor in MWC

Scrubs, How I met your mother and Big Bang Theory are three of the least funny T.V. shows of all time. Seinfeld, Friends and Married with Children top 3 100 million percent. LETS ROCK!

One of the best if not the best. Ten times better than Friends, Frazier, etc.

I can watch the whole series over and over again and laugh at every episode every single time. There is no other sitcom quite like this one. I can't believe its not in the top 10!

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14Everybody Loves Raymond

Great show. Frank is the best, Robert is right behind him. The mother gets annoying and Raymond, well he's just a whining wuss. But, none the less, I still love this show, its very funny. My favorite show for this catagory would be "That 70s show". I'm not a huge Simpsons fan but as many years they been around and still running, you gotta give that show a huge round of applause. - PDP

Am British but I love this comedy so much, way funnier than Friends. Each character is stand out - a bit like Frasier, which I also love. I don't think there is one episode where I didn't laugh out loud and that is unusual for me. It became even funnier when Amy and her clan joined the show. I have 4 boys ranging from 6-20 and it is one of the few shows on T.V. we can all enjoy together. Maybe not everybody loves Raymond, but I do.

The funniest sitcom ever! Ten episodes and I was hooked. I never watched this until it was in syndication. I just absolutely love the characters and scripts. I one of the few who never thought Seinfeld was funny... Not even slightly funny. I don't know.. I just never got it. Final thoughts on Raymond... Having seen most of the shows now in syndication, the think the best scripts were written about 3 years into it's run. The later episodes seem much funnier to me than the earlier episodes as a new show.

This show is amazing

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15Fawlty Towers

The fact is this is the most brilliant sitcom of all time. I'm a little narrow minded when it comes to sitcoms, though. If it doesn't have a laugh track, than it's no sitcom. All of the episodes of Fawlty Towers are tight and hilarious. It shows off John Cleese's comedic ability better than anything you'll ever see him in. The only shortcoming is that Cleese and Booth only made twelve episodes. I wish they had had the balls to make more.

I'd much prefer them to have 12 brilliant episodes and then call it quits than keep making them and go in the same direction the Simpsons did: down. - adfairhurst

So glad that this show made the list. I grew up watching it with my dad. Besides Arrested Development, the most watchable show no matter how many times see I've seen it. It's timeless, just like Monty Python. John Cleese at his best.

Brithish humor beats American humor 10 out of 10. FT beats them all. Go Cleese!

PURE COMEDY GENIUS. I really cannot believe this is not higher than SOUTH PARK- BIG BANG THEORY etc what a joke.

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16South ParkSouth Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network.

16th? No way no way so people here don't know anything about south park it seems because it's the most funniest and craziest animated sitcom ever.
Come on how can you people vote Cartman and the others so low screw you guys I am going home - prasannashete

My favorite show! I watch it everyday. Mung laugh out loud (World Wide Recording Concert) is my favorite word now besides heinous! I also saw the movie. The boys' foul language makes me laugh out loud and they're only in the fourth grade, which is funny but I guess relatable to in reality by today's standards because people cussed all the time when I was in elementary school last year. I also love all the boys but dislike Wendy strongly. South Park for life!

South Park Is an epic creation. I have watched their series from beginning to end many times. The creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone never hold back on the social situation of the day. Know one is safe from their mischief and direct approach to comedy.

Long live The South Park legacy...

ThIs show is evil and dumb

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17BlackAdder

It seems like the voters have almost entirely neglected to mention British sitcoms. This an amazing show, not to mention laugh out loud funny, as well as a fantastic conclusion. The only qualm I have regarding this show is that the first season was a disappointment, but the rest of the four are legendary.

Are you JOKING? This is without doubt, the best sitcom ever. Rowan Atkinson is brilliant and this is what made hugh laurie famous.

Rowan at his best taking you though a romp of English History.

Best one ever

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18Only Fools and Horses

Best ever! Excellent actors and amazing timing of punch lines. Even after having watched the episodes several times, it still remains funny.

This is the best comedy sitcom ever made. Purely amazing acting, writing and classic English humour. Voted the best English comedy for a reason, it would sure beat the likes of the cheap American comedy shows in the top ten. Watching this show plenty of times, it always remains funny.

This should definitely be number one, and by a long way as well. I can't think of one episode which is less than outstanding. Pure comedy genius.

Not even in the top 10- what a disgrace

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19Arrested Development

By far the best sitcom ever to grace television, even one of the best shows period. Extremely smart and very fast paced comedy, there's no "setup setup setup punchline" nonsense, it's just a constant barrage of well written, well acted humor... And it only gets better the second time you watch.

It's the best, since there's no laugh track to distract the viewers from every part of the sitcom.

Any person not saying it is the best sitcom ever, hasn't seen it..
Really, the plot is awesome, jokes makes you wanna see them over and over again, after seeing whole show, you wanna start watching it all over again.
Really, how I met your mother, friends, modern family, they are awesome, but this - is masterpiece.

It was one of the best sitcoms of all time, but one thing messy about this one was that the camera work was VERY choppy.

The smartest, most fast paced comedy I've ever seen... So many recurring jokes, brilliant writing... The characters are just too funny!

A Future Classic!

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20The King of Queens

I can't believe this is # 16! I never understood why this show wasn't a HUGE success! I'm sorry but this show is better than Friends and most of the top 10. Kevin James was hilarious, Jerry Stiller was classic, and I can't think of one supporting cast member in there that wasn't great playing their role. I watch this show ALL the time and never gets old, and wish that it would have kept going. By the way, why do people think that Seinfeld is funny? Just asking because every joke he has that smirk on his face, and to me Kramer and Jason Alexander made that show.

Doug has to be the funniest television character in television since Barney Fife. Even the most simple jokes coming out of Doug's mouth is somehow hilarious! Laugh out loud

The MOTHER of all sitcoms! I'm watching the DVD right now and even though I know all the episodes by heart, I still crack out so loud that I'm expecting the neighbors to knock at my door any minute. Every single character is so funny, I mean Carrie got really annoying towards the end, and Kelly was a little useless, but everyone else was was so hilarious, such great actors. They never should have cancelled that show! If you don't know it, watch it! It's a must!

Best show ever!

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