Top Ten Best Sitcoms In the Post-Seinfeld Era
Seinfeld has been called the sitcom to end all sitcoms, a bar set so high that nothing to follow can ever achieve its heights. Regardless, there have been a few sitcoms in the post-Seinfeld Era that are as good if not better than the show about nothing. This list only includes sitcoms on network TV (no cable, streaming service ((Netflix, HULU, AmazonPrime)), or internet series').
The Top Ten
1 Arrested Development
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003, to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of 15 episodes was released on Netflix on May 26, 2013. The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly ...read more.
No sitcom better exemplifies the post-seinfeld, avant garde approach to situation comedy. Unconventional, original, and clearly ahead of its time (was cancelled after only three seasons), this sitcom remains a reminder that network T.V. can be as original and cutting edge as the stuff on cable...for at least a few seasons. After FOX prematurely pulled the plug, Netflix gave it a fourth season. - HighWiredSith
2 Big Bang Theory
This perpetually number one hit is laugh out loud hilarious. I suspect this series won't age well since so much of its comedy is built on relevant pop culture refernces, but now, it's hands down the funniest thing on T.V.. - HighWiredSith
Another unconventional sitcom featuring great performances and an incredible soundtrack. John C. McGinley should have been covered up in Emmy's for his portrayal of Dr. Perry Cox but like several on this list, despite hanging on for 10 seasons, Scrubs was never fully appreciated during its initial run. - HighWiredSith
4 The Office
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013.
The American version of the British hit, hit or miss in season one and jumps the shark when Steve Carell departs, but seasons 2-7 are Emmy winning classics. - HighWiredSith
A far more realistic take on geek culture than Big Bang Theory. Well written, complex, and on occasion outrageously funny. There are episodes of this series (Modern Warfare, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Remedial Chaos Theory) that will forever be enshrined in geek/gamer culture. - HighWiredSith
6 The King of Queens
The far more hilarious but less successful spin-off of Everybody Loves Raymond (which just barely missed my list) was charming and endearing featuring two comedic geniunses, Kevin James and Jerry Stiller, at the top of their game. - HighWiredSith
7 Modern Family
Turned the family sitcom on its head, with hilarious results. - HighWiredSith
8 Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation, informally known as Parks and Rec, is an American political comedy television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana.
Rocky first season, rocky final season, but the stuff in-between was pure gold. - HighWiredSith
9 Raising Hope
A complex, well written masterpiece, never fully appreciated by audiences or FOX. - HighWiredSith
10 Malcolm In the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company . The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, 2006, after seven seasons and 151 episodes . The series received critical acclaim and won a Peabody ...read more.
Featuring Bryan Cranston in a character about as far away from Walter White as you can get, this comedy is the anti Leave it to Beaver. - HighWiredSith
11 Two and a Half Men
12 Liv and Maddie
Liv and Maddie is a live-action Disney Channel sitcom that started in 2013, and ended on March 24, 2017. It is about two identical twin sisters named Olivia "Liv" Rooney and Madison "Maddie" Rooney (both portrayed by actress Dove Olivia Cameron; born in January 1996 as Chloe Celeste Hosterman) who reunite ...read more.
Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013 . The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her ...read more.
14 Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie is an American sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel from April 4, 2010, to February 16, 2014. The series' creators, Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen, wanted to create a program that would appeal to entire families, not just children.
15 Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World is an American coming of age television sitcom. The series made its debut on Disney Channel on June 27, 2014.
16 Best Friends Whenever
Best Friends Whenever is an American multi-camera sitcom developed for Disney Channel, created by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas and executive produced by Jed Elinoff, Scott Thomas, and Michael B. Kaplan. The series stars Landry Bender as Cyd, Lauren Taylor as Shelby, Gus Kamp as Barry, Ricky Garcia as ...read more.
iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series, created by Dan Schneider, focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson.
18 Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin as three wizard siblings with magical abilities competing to win sole ...read more.
19 Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh is an American television sitcom created by Dan Schneider for Nickelodeon. The series follows the lives of two teenage boys with opposite personalities, Drake Parker and Josh Nichols, who become stepbrothers.
20 American Dad
American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
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