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 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

Head and shoulders above everything else! For most episodes each character had their own funny story line. The characters were so good that the actors have had problems getting subsequent work because they are so closely associated with those characters.

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2 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

Most successful T.V. Show of all time period. Also the best sitcom of all time too, it really defined the way America was in the mid 90's and 2000's, it probably is the biggest T.V. Show of all time, it may not be your best show as a preference, but no one can deny its deep cultural influence, possibly english civilization would not be the same if it was not for freinds. Shows like the big bang theory, how I met your mother, even two and a half men would of not existed if it was not for Friends, it broke the mold in what sitcoms were

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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!

This is the worst show of all time. Watch it without that extremely forgiving laugh track.

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4 The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2019, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer ...read more.

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

Oh yes this is a sitcom

I love the Simpsons. I could watch it all day - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

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

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5 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

Every character is unique in a positive way. The show can sure make anyone with humor, laugh.

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6 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Best Show on this list for sure!

The Best sitcom is Fresh Prince of Bel Air well no.2 is Drake and Josh.

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

Best T.V. show ever made. - notveryswoleboi

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7 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!

This show is awesome, from Michael Scott burning his foot in a George Forman grill to the stress relief where they all sing staying alive to Pam and Jim having the wrong baby after their child was born, to the finale, this show is Iconic. Seinfeld, Friends, Brooklyn nine nine, How I Met Your Mother, TBBT are also all in the conversation

Everything about the show makes you laugh. The characters are relatable, and you just fall in love with them. Every scene is well thought out and hilarious. I have watched the series at least 10 times and I still laugh at every joke. This show deserves to be #1 no doubt!

Absolutely the best show without a doubt. Great humor, character development, pranks, love, everything!

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8 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.

Amazing!

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

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9 Modern Family Modern Family Modern Family is an American television mockumentary family sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles.

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

I could watch this sitcom all day - Peppapigsucks

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.

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10 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.

The greatest show ever

Yeah!

Anytime I watch this cartoon I feeling like smashing the T.V.

Pushes the boundaries every episode - nothing is funnier today!

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The Contenders

11 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 (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck), who become stepbrothers. Both actors previously appeared in The Amanda Show along ...read more.

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

Best kids sitcom easily. (Not counting animated ones.)

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.

Where's the doorhole?

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12 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

This is some of the dumbest crap to ever land on television! All of the characters are dumb, unlikable morons, and the material isn't even funny, just shocking. - TheArtOfBars

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!

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13 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

This show is amazing

Should be top 10

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14 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.

Best show ever!

Why is this so low

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

No 15? Come on. Should be within 10

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15 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.

Love it

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.

Awesome, you fell in love with them

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

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16 Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond is an American sitcom television series created by Philip Rosenthal that aired on CBS from September 13, 1996 to May 16, 2005, with a total of 210 episodes spanning over nine seasons. It was produced by Where's Lunch and Worldwide Pants, in association with HBO Independent Productions. ...read more.

Overrated! The show is ruined by it's main character! Robert is a good character, and the only one that can manage to make me laugh. Marie is funny on occasion, but other times she is off-putting and annoying. Frank is about the same as Marie, but most of the time he serves no real purpose and is an instagater. But what ruins the show, is Raymond himself, and his annoying wife Debra! When it's just the parents I can watch, or when it's Ray and Robert I can watch, or Ray and his parents, but if it's just Ray and Debra it is literally the most boring show ever! The two of them have zero chemistry ever, and Ray might just be the most cheesy, unfunny, awkward character of all time. I don't know if Romano is actually this unfunny in his stand up, or if the character of Ray Barone was just written this way, but either way he's awful! Even with Ray aside, the show really isn't even that funny! - TheArtOfBars

Missed this show. Laughed so much when Frank and Marie made me laugh.

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.

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17 I Love Lucy I Love Lucy I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom that originally ran on CBS from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning 6 seasons.

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.

This needs to be at least in the top 5! My god, FRIENDS is at the top? It's a good show, but I Love Lucy is at least number 2, only following the Dick Van Dyke Show. To be fair, I Love Lucy totally came up with the idea for spinoffs, using three cameras, reruns, etc.

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18 Fawlty Towers Fawlty Towers Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Just two series of six episodes each were made.

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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19 Futurama Futurama Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Only a little different from the simpsons? Futurama is hands down the best cartoon ever. The possibilities are endless with this show and the new season is even better.

Arguably the best cartoon sitcom ever created.

Not stupid slapstick, but intelligent plots, and subtle humour.

A great sitcom for when you want something (only a little) different than Simpsons

It's better than South Park, American Dad Family Guy (and the spin off The Cleveland Show which I believe nearly everyone hated it.)

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20 BlackAdder BlackAdder Blackadder is a series of four BBC1 pseudohistorical British sitcoms, plus several one-off instalments, which originally aired in the 1980s.

The black vegetable

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.

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21 The King of Queens

Great show, funny and witty

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!

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22 Malcom in the Middle

very very good show. totally underrated to. it just has so many good actors. the guy who plays hal, spangler, and craig are all amazing.

By far the best of the lesser known comedy shows. Very original form of humour, and no annoying laughing tape on the background. Scrubs fans (like me) will probably love this show as well.

Trully one of the best series made in T.V. history. I can't imagine why it is not in top 10.

This show is pure perfection. It flawlessly portrays the struggles of everyday life, yet puts a perfect comedic spin on it. The acting is great, and even when it feels any bit fake (which is rare) it feels deliberate. Somehow I'm in love with all four of the brothers, and if Jamie were older I'd love him as well. The show was always coming up with new and better material every season, and it will always be my number one

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23 Arrested Development 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.

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!

Nothing I have ever seen on television even comes close to the complexity and intricacy at which this show unfolds. It's always special when you get a show that not only excels at making you choke from laughter, but also keeps you intrigued by an interesting storyline. AD is the best in the biz at doing both of those things simultaneously. I've never laughed harder at anything in my life. 2 viewings are pretty much mandatory, as the first time you might miss a few things while you sit there mind blown over what you're watching. - Cwk675

If you saw Friends, then you'll know that that show's funnier, Everybody ranked Friends as the funniest sitcom of all time, which means that it's funnier than Arrested Development.

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24 The Andy Griffith Show

Classic. the character of Barney is timeless.

New sitcoms are nothing compared to this amazing classic. The office is funny and friends is lovable, but true genius comes from the originals, and there is not a more original sitcom than The Andy Griffith Show. - MovieFan007

This year was a sad year because of the passing of a great man, Andy Griffith. I've enjoyed so much watching this show ever since I could remember growing up. I'm now 45, and if I'm ever scrolling through the channels with the remote, the Andy Griffith Show always stops me in my tracks. It's so funny, especially when Barney is on the show. There are so many times when we are taught a lesson in morals and ethics, whether it is by Andy, Barney, and most of the time (like right now as I'm watching) by little Opie. I love this show and will watch it forever. My boys are watching it now. Have to pass it on.

Andy and Barney were the best team in television. The show developed the characters and not the situations. I have seen each episode well over 500 times, and when my son was old enough, we watched them together. We now both own the DVD entire series. He is now 36 and I 63. A college graduate in graphic design, he owns his own upscale tattoo studio. And on Father's Day he gave me a tattoo of Andy and Opie walking down the dirt path to the lake. He did this because of the impact that show had on him and because we have a relationship like Andy and Opie. That shows the impact of that series on our relationship and life itself.

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25 Full House Full House Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, Danny Tanner, who enlists his best friend and brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters.

Why is this so far down?

It's great. My dad characters are Jesse Katsopolis, Michelle Tanner, and DJ Tanner.

I love this show it was made way before I was born and when I found out about it I was addicted I loved everyone my two favorite are jesse and Stephanie they are so funny and cool. I wish the show never ended and the tanner family were real why are there no good funny family shows like full house who can make you laugh but also teach you a good family lesson this show will never die

Best show in the history of shows

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26 Parks and Recreation 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.

This show is the greatest sitcom of all time, even better than Seinfeld and Friends. April Ludgate is the greatest T.V. character of all time. Leslie is such a likable and relatable lead, the cast is all fleshed out and they all have weird quirks. Also Tammy Swanson is the best recurring character of all time. I swear I almost cried in the episode where Ann left.

So good great cast great jokes has a very good story line with many sitcoms don't have

Of course humour is subjective, but come on! Parks and Rec at #24?! That's sad. Everything about this show is amazing, from it's characters to the humour and even the history of Pawnee

Cast is brilliant and provides a fresh new adventure to each episode. Better than most sitcoms in top 10 because it was a new thing every time unlike shows such as Everybody Loved Raymond which got repetitive. Casting was amazing even down to the guests.

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27 Only Fools and Horses

Watched back-to-back episodes of this with a friend. Luckily I was the one facing the T.V. - Britgirl

Classic British sitcom starring Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst as the Trotter brothers Del Boy and Rodney.
Hugely influential, and a comedy which grabbed the hearts of a nation. Widely regarded as the UK's best loved sitcom, written by John Sullivan, "Only Fools And Horses" really is as good as it gets.

My top 10 would be:
1. Only Fools And Horses
2. The Office (Gervais' & Merchant's UK version, rather than the dire and appalling US re-make...)
3. Fawlty Towers
4. Dad's Army
5. The Royle Family
6. 'Allo 'Allo
7. The League Of Gentlemen
8. The Middle
9. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
10. Keeping Up Appearances

I wouldn't tend to label The Simpsons and Family Guy as sitcoms, but if they are, then they'd be right up there too.

Also, not too sure if "The League Of Gentlemen" (British classic dark comedy from late 90's early 2000's) is technically a sitcom, or just a sketch show with a continuity theme. So, if not eligible for the ...more

The best sitcom ever! There will never be anything this funny again! The only ones that come close are Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, One foot in the grave and Open all hours. You can't beat the British when it comes to sitcoms!

You plonkers! Pushing this so low!

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28 Father Ted

FECK! I love this show, needs to be in top ten.

I have watched all seasons over and over again and I still laugh every single time. Cannot believe it is not at least in the top 20 spot?

Funniest and most quotable sitcom ever.
Great characters in hilarious situations.
Laugh out loud over and over again.

Number 1 in my opinion so clever so realistic. The Irish accent only makes it funnier people need to vote for the best sitcom of all time. The reason it was so good was because it only went for 4 seasons, shame it happened under such sad circumstances.

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29 M.A.S.H. M.A.S.H.

How MASH can be so low.. I would understand if its 3rd or 5th. In My opinion this show is N1, without any doubts.
Makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you believe in humanity and kindness.
Hello people... If you have not seen MASH, run and dive now.

This was a can't miss show when it was first on

Hawkeye would definitely be me if I was in this show, always having some funny as hell smartass comment on hands. Great show - RustyNail

Best show ever... It was funny, dramatic, cast changes didn't hurt it. The only thing that can hold this show back in popularity rankings is that too many young people don't remember how great it was.

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30 All In The Family

I started watching this show just for some basic research purposes, but I quickly fell in love with it and has since become my favorite sitcom. Nearly 50 years old and it addresses serious issues in a satirical manner that are still relevant to this day. It was groundbreaking for its time and a show like that comes around once in a lifetime.

Edith screaming (or singing) in the song was funyn

"All in the Family" is one of the few television series that can described as groundbreaking. Creator Norman Lear wasn't afraid to address social issues and taboo themes in a time when that simply wasn't done in sitcoms.

When I think of groundbreaking shows, I always think of this one. I'm black, but I personally think that Archie is one of the funniest sitcom characters (if not the best ever) of all time. Showed the world that sitcoms didn't have to be about a perfect life. The actors are excellent and really fun to watch on screen. Edith is personally my favorite character because she is so naive and kind and we can all see a bit of edith in all of us. I hope that one day, sitcoms will have the guts that this show did, but I know truly that there will never be another All in the family - RaeMarie

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31 Mr. Bean Mr. Bean The title character, played by Rowan Atkinson, is a childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks. He lives alone at the address of Flat 2, 12 Arbour Road, Highbury, and is almost always seen in his trademark tweed jacket and a skinny red tie. He also usually ...read more.

Rowan Atkinson gives a phenomenal and hilarious performance as Mr. Bean.

ya - Venoct2247

Should be no.2

i like

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32 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Should be top five

Should be in the top 5.
Mary was terrific. The show had great lines and was very entertaining, but most of all it had what makes a great sitcom - a very strong and talented supporting cast. Each had continued success - some even in the same role. How many sitcoms can claim this?

33 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on August 4, 2005, and moved to FXX beginning with the ninth season in 2013. It was created by Rob McElhenney, who developed it with Glenn Howerton.

This show being so low and the Big Balls Theory being top 3 tells you how awful the average Joe's television taste is

This sitcom should definitely be in the top 5. I have never laughed so hard watching any other sitcom- this is so hilarious and no doubt the funniest show on this entire list.

Best show of all time

Best sitcom ever

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34 Freaks and Geeks Freaks and Geeks Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig, with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season.

One of the best american shows I've ever seen. - JelloLife

Loved this show and was so disappointment to see it end without resolution.

It only aired one season and its better than all these crappy fake shows nowadays. People might think I'm an idiot for liking a show called freaks and geeks, but "FRIENDS' is for losers who have no friends, well except for Pheobe and David Schwimmer.

Huh, I guess you can't relate to friends... but you can to Freaks and Geeks? Didn't see that coming. - EliHbk

Such a good show. Just wasn't the right time. If this show was re-released it would be number one in two weeks!

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35 Good Luck Charlie 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.

This is so hilarious! It makes you pee your pants! This should be voted in the top ten! Please VOTE FOR GOOD LUCK CHARLIE!

Good Luck Charlie doesn't have a plot except for the episode where someone has to find a mysterious crystal, but none of the others do, many people love it because of how families take care of their children.

Ok, this is the ONLY, I repeat ONLY modern Disney sitcom that I like. This show is actually GOOD, and for once the actors can ACT. - Minecraftcrazy530

Have to admit I enjoyed watching this. But it went down hill in season 3 and 4

Very funny show that makes me laugh every time

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36 Home Improvement Home Improvement Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen that aired on ABC from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999, with a total of 204 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons.

I love this show. It is my favorite along with full house and the middle. My favorite episode is when Tim blew up Benny's aunts house. It has valuable lessons. There are many funny things in this show. My brother likes this show too.

Definitely should be in the top ten. The show was funny and also shared valuable lessons. Still watch any episode that's on T.V..

How this is not in the top 3 is pretty shocking.

Home Improvement was my favorite television show growing up. I wish they still showed it on T.V..

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37 The Golden Girls The Golden Girls The Golden Girls is an American sitcom created by Susan Harris that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning seven seasons.

I think this was one of the best sitcoms ever and no show before it or after it was ever quite like it. I mean besides being a genuinely funny show the characters were all great and likable and I loved how it dealt with very sensitive issues that before no sitcom would ever touch and even today when shows try to do the same thing they just never succeed in doing it the way these four great women did. And the cast was truly unique because it was about four older women in their 50's and 60's and one in her 80's who were very much your typical grandmotherly types (the kind of women that T.V. and movies have always pretty much ignored in favor of younger women), and yet they were all shown living very active lifestyles and going on dates which I thought was great.

This sitcom had everything. Great actors, great scripts, memorable lines, and discussed the most serious and relevant issues other sitcoms would not even dare touch - and everything still ended up a blast. This show is endearing, to say the least. Any list of the greatest sitcoms without the Golden Girls in its Top Five is a sham. And anybody who makes such a list has obviously not seen an episode or two of The Golden Girls. End of story.

Very hilarious. This show knows how to bend silliness into real events. The Golden Girls is a magnificent show. One of my favorite parts is where Sofia says I love you! To Dorothy after she discovered Sofia was lying. Also: "I'll give you three seconds to give me that box. 1-" She snatches it and walks away. "By the way, your reflexes aren't in click. And to think, me, a 9-year-old lives this. That's saying something.

Not only is this sitcom funny, but unlike all other sitcoms, it also reflects true life situations that can be quite emotional and heartbreaking from time to time. This sitcom kept me going through some of the most difficult times of my life. I want to thank the girls for this, and wish them all the best.

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38 The Cosby Show The Cosby Show The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

How are everybody loves raymond, married with children, two and a half men, big bang theory and family guy higher? Big Bang is good, but not that good, family guy isn't a sitcom, and the others are just not good. - TheArtOfBars

While I can appreciate some of the newer sitcoms and I'd hate to be one of the old geezers claiming that sitcoms aren't what they used to be, the current sitcoms simply aren't as well written as they used to be; props to BigBang and 70's show, but they aren't as creative as the Cosby's and MWC. The Cosby Show was able to be so wholesome and clean and still make anyone and everyone have sore ribs from laughing so hard. It was also really nice to have a show about an African-American family and have it be about the FAMILY, not the fact that they're African-American; not having a recurring motif every single episode about the tribulations of discrimination and the demonization of other races, Family Matters also excelled in this regard

A nice old family sitcom is the best and Cosby Show is a funny show that will always bring a smile on your face.

Great wholesome comedy show that you are able to watch with the entire family. Brilliant! So lovely to see a show that is funny with African Americans throughout the cast. Probably would be rated higher if Euro-Americans were the focal point. Great show!

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39 Red Dwarf Red Dwarf Red Dwarf is a British science fiction comedy franchise which primarily consists of a television sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, and on Dave since 2009, gaining a cult following.

The hell is this and all of its 12 seasons so low. Red dwarf is the best sit com ever like honestly all episodes best episode.

The person who plays Rimmer (Chris Barrie) was a voice artist on Spitting Image

Hilarious, why isn't it higher? it started with a whole new comedic take on the star trek/sci fi arena and made it one of the funniest tv shows ever and severly underated. blackadder I haven't even seen on this list and that's an amazing sitcom to. - Cantonez

This show is one of the best british comedies I've watched and the actors still keep it entertaining despite there's only 3/4 of them honestly this should be a lot higher up the list.

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40 Roseanne Roseanne Roseanne is an American television sitcom starring Roseanne Barr and revolving around the fictional Conner family.

This was my #1 favorite sitcom. Relentlessly funny, relatable, clever, and cutting edge humor. Nothing else comes close. The only reason it's not ranked higher is because Roseanne Barr's caustic personality has tarnished the memory of this great show.

It was such an awesome show, shame it had to be cancelled due to racist messages.

Roseanne is the best show EVER.. How can it be so low on the list?
Laurie metcalf, john goodman and roseanne made that show incredible
No other shows compete in my opinion : )

WHAT?!?!? Number 29? It is, perhaps, the only believable sitcom ever, (UNTIL the last season) but the other seasons trumped that one!

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41 30 Rock 30 Rock 30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom created by Tina Fey that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013. The series, loosely based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live, takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show depicted as airing ...read more.

Everything Tina Fey touches turns to gold, and this is no exception.

What the hell! I haven't even heard of half the shows above 30 rock, they shouldn't even be there, 30 rock is the best sitcom ever. Ever. I want to go to there.

The characters are funny and genuine, and the storyline is ironic and well thought out. Definitely top of my list!

30 Rock is the worst sitcom ever. its not funny ever and is full of annoying characters

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42 Kenan & Kel Kenan & Kel Kenan & Kel is an American teen sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred the two well-liked All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.

Brilliant children's comedy.

Could be higher on the list

WHAT?!?!? WHY? HOW!... "££$! **##@

This is way way too low I was actually going through the list trying to find this.
I am very dissapointed world.

Drake and Josh a white lesser entertaining duo and they're up with the cream of the crop.
i am just so ashamed of thhe human race right now, from the little boy who grey up watching these old legends brightening my days after school without fail. I am heart broken

p.s I am now 23

43 Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO that premiered on October 15, 2000. The series was created by Larry David, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself.

This is one of the best! It's great because it feels like real life when watching it. There are no laugh tracks, which makes the show even better. Larry David and Suzie Green always crack me up. Almost every episode is guaranteed to crack you up at least five times. - matty925

Great show not taking away from seinfeld but CYE is better it is more clever and has a better premise, plus it is about the life and times of hollywodds funniest man larry david

Very clever situations with excellent improvisation!

Curb should be at the top spot. A very cerebral, extremely funny show. It's painful to see stupid shows like How I Met Your Mother and Friends at the top of the list and Curb not even in the top 10.

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44 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Why is this Fantasy in a Comedy list? It had some humour, but not enough to be a comedy, let alone a sitcom. - GodSlayer

I wouldn't call it a sit com but it's excellent none the less. The vampire fight scenes are pretty cool but what makes this show so great are the interactions between characters.

Way too violent and disturbing, it has bad effects on your life.

I thought this was more of a fantasy show than comedy but whatever.

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45 Happy Days

Though this dates me I have to say Happy Days helped get me through my puberty years. I laughed and I cried! At least for 30 minutes I could forget the turmoil of my teenage years!

The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family are awesome too but Happy Days will always be No #1 to me mostly because of Fonzie! He is so handsome and charming! -blushes-

A classic 70s sitcom about A Boy and his bunch of friends and his parents in the 50s. This show is outstanding Fonzie is awesome and richie is just amazing. Tom bosley is good as richies dad and his mrs cunningham is awesome great sitcom deserves a high spot

One of the best sitcoms ever. they just don't make good shows like this anymore

46 The Inbetweeners

Feisty one you are!

It's so funny some of the situations that will jay Simon Neil get themselves into is absolutely genius and hilarious

I'm assuming this is the uk version, in which case it should at least be in the top 20, it's quite possibly the funniest T.V. show I've seen, alongside the IT crowd and the big bang theory

The funniest T.V. show I've ever seen, made me almost cry with laughter. It's original, and it has none of that canned laughter crap. It's a shame they only made 18 episodes, but I can't wait for The Inbetweeners Movie 2.

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47 Raising Hope

You can learn American conscience from this show. As a foreigner living far from the states, I wish to see American people like the characters on this show. Crazy but caring, laid back but hard working to support the people they love.

Simply hilarious I every single way

Absolutely fantastic show hilarious characters. I watch this all the time and wish more episodes were out it's the greateset

How can no one add this?

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48 George Lopez George Lopez

Good show, usually pretty fun to watch. George, Benny, Max, Vic and Ernie are funny, Carmen and Veronica are annoying brats, and Angie, sweet mother of Jesus, she is drop-dead sexy! Lord don't even get me started on that woman. - TheArtOfBars

Oh my god, are you kidding me, 69, I would have at least guessed it was in the top 20, but 69, come on people, this is one of the best and funniest shows I have ever seen in my life. George is funny, Benny's a drunk, and Max and Carmen are annoying, can't get enough of George picking on his own kids.

Redd Fox & George Lopez are the funniest actor/ comedians in a sitcom ever & I'm a white dude & I know that. Lopez had Ernie & Fred had Grady. Then they had a women like Esther & Bennie that could play the part.

come on 102nd I think it should be at least in the top 10

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49 Taxi

To the poster before, you sir are an idiot, the show only got better, Taxi is to comedy, what Star Trek is to Science Fiction.

Way to low on the list, set the standard for everything that came after.

Taxi #53? A very clever comedy with a great cast.

My personal favorite (and I've watched WAY TOO MUCH T.V. )

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50 Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Chris is an American period sitcom that is based on the troubled teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock during the 1980s. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, although Rock himself was a teenager between 1978 and 1984, having been born in 1965. The show's title parodies the hit ...read more.

This is an amazing show

You are a fool for placing it at 80...how I met your mther should be first

The commentary track by Chris and the acting makes this show awesome!
It is a sitcom, and a look into how a comedian sees himself. Too funny!

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