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.

The Top Ten

1 Friends

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

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!

Shows only for adults have content that's immature and rude, yet a bad influence, What is happening to this world? - 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

There is literally nothing wrong with this show, I can watch an episode 7 times in a row and still laugh. Definitely #1. - alvinsburrito

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2 Seinfeld Seinfeld Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer -- deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City.

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

Simply the best, I can re-watch any episodes without being bored.

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3 The Big Bang Theory The 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, and also some wasted guest stars from time to time.

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!

It doesn't get old. The first Season is now 10 years old, I think, but It still feels fresh when I re-watch it.

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4 How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother How 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

Unique and awesome

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5 The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that started in 1989, and is still running as of 2017, making it the longest running animated sitcom. 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 new season just aren't funny

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6 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air The 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

Deserves #1 if we didn't have this show will smith probably wouldn't have ended up doing I am legend, suicide squad, independence day, focus, hancock, after earth, bad boys, wild wild west and much more. Will smith would have to be my favorite and I love watching the show it is the best beats any other show and is hilarious I especially like the theme song. Well that's enough from me vote for The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

This sitcom is my favorite! - Fullwalking2

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7 Modern Family Modern 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.

Finally there is a great sitcom that I can watch with my all family.

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8 The Office The Office The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013.

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

How is this show only #8? Every time I watch this show I laugh at old jokes and ones I hadn't even noticed the first time around. It just gets funnier every time. If it had a laugh track it would've just been going for an obnoxiously long time, but without one it's 101% better. Michael's annoying but lovable nature is aMAZINGLY portrayed by Steve Carell and after he left Rainn Wilson kept the mood going. Jim and Pam are an unforgettable power couple that you'll find yourself relating every good couple to. The supposed background characters became some of the funniest (Kevin, Creed, and Stanley are some of my favorites) and the forever grudge against Toby never gets old! Speaking of Toby I think the writer-actor jobs some of them had just made it better. The awkward scenes, relationships, and jokes that would normally seem, well, awkward on most shows are the light of this show. Around every corner lies a new quote for me to implement into my life. I know this is long but I could talk ...more

amazing

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9 Cheers Cheers Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC and created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles.

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!

Friends is the only thing that beats this. I voted cause 8 was too low

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10 Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody 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.

Robert:do you know what this is
Marie: yes it's a sex machine

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The Newcomers

? Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The show is about a kid scientist named Dexter that has a sister named Dee Dee that keeps breaking into his lab.
? My Babysitter's a Vampire My Babysitter's a Vampire My Babysitter's a Vampire is a Canadian comedy horror television movie starring Vanessa Morgan and Matthew Knight.

The Contenders

11 That 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.

Pretty good show I'd have to say.
Season finale made me cry

Hilarious

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12 Family Guy Family Guy Family 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

Holy Crap this is good and hilarious it won an Emmy award for supreme comedy

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13 Married with Children Married with Children Married... with Children is an American television live-action sitcom that aired on Fox, created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. Originally broadcast from April 5, 1987 to June 9, 1997, it is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on Fox, and the first to be broadcast in the network's primetime ...read more.

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

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

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!

All those others I watched only long enough to grab the remote and change the channel. MWC was always the best.

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14 Two and a Half Men Two and a Half Men Two 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.

THE BEST SHOW EVER, I REALLY LIKED IT
TOO BAD CHARLIE SHEEN WON'T BE CONTINUING

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

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Charlie Sheen!

I loved the show it was awesome and had a lot of hilarious moments

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15 South Park South Park South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.

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...

Brilliant satire and social commentary mixed with un PC contempt that makes you think hard about stuff you thought was off limits to us?

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16 Fawlty 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!

Watched most of the competition here. This show scores higher than any other on all artistic fronts and wins by the longest margin in the category titled, "funniest".

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17 I Love Lucy

Timeless comedy! Very family friendly without the sex, violence, and profanity. My kids prefer watching the "old" shows vs the garbage that's showing today. Lucy- the queen of comedy! This should EASILY be #1 on the list.

The most influential year for sitcoms was 1951, because it brought us I Love Lucy. This sitcom revolutionized the television industry, and became the most important sitcom in history. It ran for five years and produced 179 episodes about a Cuban bandleader and his spunky red-headed actress wife. It ultimately became the best-loved television program of all time. Its effects on the industry can still be seen today, as it was the first show based out of California, and was the first sitcom to be shot on film by multiple cameras in front of a live studio audience. It paved the road for many of the sitcoms seen on T.V. today, and its effects are so lasting that it can still be seen on air from time to time today.

She pioneered the sitcom. If not for Lucy I wouldn't be enjoying The Big Bang Theory.

Hands down THE best. Should be number one on every list.

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18 Frasier

Intelligent and unique alternative for nowadays stupid sitcoms. That sitcom can be watched all around and still is funny, while others have those types of jokes, which can be funny only once. Frasier may not be at first place, as it's sense of humor is not available for everyone. Today people prefer shallow jokes or watching somebody falling from stars, rather than sophisticated points.

THE BEST sitcom ever, hands down! Frasier has something for everyone. No matter who you are, there will always be a character or a situation that you can relate to. It's intellectual yet at the same time it's good old fashioned, down to earth fun. The laughs are plenty, the story lines fun to follow. I've seen all eleven seasons' worth of episodes, some more than 3 or 4 times and somehow it's always fresh & delightful. I missed seeing the series in its first run. While my friends & family were enjoying new episodes in prime time, I was either studying or interning or working shifts. Then when I went on long term medical leave & had the time to watch T.V., I 'discovered' Frasier, by then in reruns. My goodness, what a wonderful surprise. I had no idea just how purely delightful, entertaining & addictive the show could be. By addictive, I mean the characters & their lives sort of grow on you, as each week you get to know them better. They become like members of your family. So you ...more

Frasier is the best thing to have hit television.. and it still is, it's a show that never fails, it can make me laught at the worst of days, and it never gets old..

It was a bit more intellectually-oriented in most cases, and explored more complex aspects of relationships, but also had the necessary slapstick comedy to keep it funny. It seems that Grammer and Pierce will never be able to match their success that they had on this show, and their chemistry was superb!

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19 Drake & Josh 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.

This show deserves to be number 1. You are laughing you butt off in every episode ever made. It is just hilarious. Greatest show ever.

Drake & Josh was boring except for it's humor, you need more than just jokes to make a good comedy, Also, there's no special effects or anything else fun to make this show entertaining, It's just jokes, fighting with each other and laugh tracks, which almost everybody hates now. - nelsonerico

Grew up watching this in my teenage. Wow ts nice to see its name in this list big fan of drake bell

Drake & Josh would have been great, only if they didn't have an overwhelming laugh track, which it had.

My childhood always used laugh at every single joke they said. I'll never forget the old Nickelodeon

Ned's Declassified and Every Witch Way are much better than Drake & Josh in terms of plot, Also they don't have any laugh tracks, they're much better than this show except for it's funny jokes. - nelsonerico6

Megan. - Quigsley

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20 BlackAdder

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.

Seasons 3 and 4 are among best comedies I've seen. 1st and 2nd are not as good.

Absolutely brilliant...

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