Top Ten Best Sitcoms of All TimeHere 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 only reason why Friends is ahead of Seinfeld on this list, it is because Friends has a higher international appeal and it is more mainstream. Other than that, Seinfeld beats Friends in every possible way.
I feel like part of the reason why Friends is more popular than Seinfeld abroad, besides the fact that the characters of Friends are more good-looking(or so people say), has to do to the way that Seinfeld was distributed abroad.
I'm from Brazil, and Seinfeld was only shown in English during the 90s, and Brazilians simply don't watch shows in English. Seinfeld has only become available in Brazilian Portuguese in 2020! WB has finally picked up the rights to air this show in Latin America, and I hope this show is going to become more popular in the region now. Seinfeld will also become available on Netflix in 2021, so I hope the interest of the show will increase abroad this time.
A lot of people to whom I introduce Seinfeld to, end up enjoying Seinfeld far more ...more
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
Friends is simply not the best. It is unrealistic to how people actually behave. Life isn't all lovely. A major percentage of the world is actually selfish like the characters of Seinfeld. The characters of Seinfeld are not stereotypes, they don't play along with how the world goes. Friends is sickening and it feels so fake. It just doesn't make me laugh the way Seinfeld does. And Seinfeld has come up with just so many every day terms that we all use. Plus Seinfeld was created and aired 5 years before Friends was even conceived or contemplated. It has this originality that you just cannot find anywhere else. I even find Big Bang theory is far more original than Friends. The secondary characters of Seinfeld are just epic on how they act. It is and will always be the best Sitcom ever.
Clever, Unpredictable, and Original. It shows how the human race truly is and takes the small things and makes them extremely funny. Probably the best sit-com of all time. It's so different from everything else. Most sit-coms like Friends, George Lopez, Big Bang Theory, etc. Are just the repetitive "*Witty comment* *laugh track*" over and over again, but Seinfeld was never like that from beginning to end. They stayed consistent and never ran out of ideas. Many shows copied them throughout the years, but failed to match *cough* Friends *cough* It will always be the best sit com on television.
Friends is the best show ever. A show with a big heart and anybody can relate with it.
Seinfeld is for neurotic self-centered ego maniacs. I hate it
Friends is one of my favourite sitcoms. Some of the jokes in it are just so well done that they'll have you hysterically laughing. Deserves first place.
Every single episode makes you laugh out loud even though you have memorized the punchlines. It never gets old!
Friends is the ultimate show. Once you watch it once, you must watch the next episode. Has everything, laughs, tears, emotion and suspense. You can watch the whole series over and over again and it never ever gets old. It is the best T.V. show of all time and it makes you want to be a part of it. Also has the best ending to a classic show or classic anything I have ever seen. Ross and Rachel, Chandler and Monica, Chandlers jokes, Ross's sarcasm, Pheobe's weirdness, Joey's charming immaturity, Rachel's hotness, Monica's competitiveness and the over all chemistry of the cast and characters are what makes this the best production ever known.
To me, I don't watch any sitcoms and most are stupid except for The Office, (somewhat maybe The Big Bang Theory) and this show. The Simpsons is more than just a sitcom. There are well-written plots that live-action sitcoms can't do. I am on Season 8 as of 9/2/2021. Without The Simpsons, many cartoons won't exist or be the same as they are.
While the level of quality between episodes can definitely differ, the Simpsons is still one of the best shows out there. I was surprised that it wasn't in first place.
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 the mark ...more
The Simpsons is great! They portray many different things through television such as the violence that kids see on t.v. through Itchy and Scratchy.
I also really liked the episode where Homer becomes Pie Man. At the beginning of the episode, there was a t. v. show on like Survivor where a very rich man had a couple women come to his island. He gave each woman a rose to keep going except one; he would throw a rock at the one who displayed the most character and intelligence.
This proves that nowadays many people worry too much about their looks. They believe that the only way they will be popular is through their looks!
Thank you Simpsons for pointing this out to me... try to insult God a lot less and you'll have the no.1 t.v. show! D'oh!
There are compelling examples as to why the Big Bang Theory deserves to be on this list. Great scripts featuring clever use of pop cultural references and even manages draw humour out of the realm of science and scientific terminology. Seamless meshing of a solid ensemble cast. Finally, the talented Jim Parsons continues to exhibit why he is quickly becoming one of the great comic actors of all-time. He certainly deserves a seat in the pantheon of comic greats alongside the likes of Robin Williams, Rowan Atkinson, Ted Knight, John Cleese, John Belushi and Jonathan Winters.
Big Bang Theory has surpassed Chuck Lorre's other great series Two and Half Men in terms of being the best American sitcom currently airing on television.
The funniest, the best, the most hilarious show of all time. Who couldn't love a show about adorable nerds, a below-average-intelligence neighbor, a socially awkward genius, etc. The bonds and relationships are so strong between the characters, it also has a strong emotional side. Leonard and Penny make an adorable couple, and the friendship between Penny and Sheldon is extremely complicated, genuine, and sweet. Raj, Howard, Leonard, and Sheldon are also the best, cutest group of friends. All their quirks really bring the show together.
The Big Bang Theory is an exceedingly funny and delightful show. It shows most things for an intellectual point of view I love that. The script is comical and very cleverly written. I don't see how How I met your mother can come before but all I know is this show is awesome.
I makes you learn while having a good time watching the episodes and the relationships between characters are so real. It is magical.
The way how the characters are portrayed is amazing and the actors/actresses do a great job. Particularly Jim Parsons AKA Sheldon. The circle of friends is very real with there being a snob, a person who wants to get out there more, a pervert and a nervous wreck.
It shows how socially awkard people feel and as Simon Helberg said " The show is like a voice for nerdy people."
Please vote for this fantastic show x
No. 11? This is just unbelievable. I mean, after all, my favorite IS How I Met Your Mother.
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!
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
A hilarious show involving five unique characters:
Ted: The main character of the show. He tells his kids the story of how he met their mother. Meaning that the entire show is in the past.
Marshall: The lovable character who always knows what to say.
Lilly: Marshall's fiance. Crazy but hilarious and cute all the same.
Barney: The heart of the show. Unbelievably creepy and sex addicted. But definitely the funniest character out there. Kind of like Kramer was in Seinfeld.
Robin: An independent and beautiful woman. The entire first season is about Robin and Ted's "undiscovered love" for each other.
Scene From How I Met Your Mother:
Barney: Then we're gonna meet some ladies, It's gonna be legendary!
Ted: Don't say "legendary" your too liberal with the word "legendary".
Flashback to Barney at Ted's door in a snow suit:
Barney: Ted! We're building an igloo in central park! It's gonna be Legendary! Snow suit up!
Ted slams door in ...more
Have never seen an episode of Seinfeld. That being said, I think How I Met Your Mother is without a doubt the funniest/most well written sitcom ever. This coming from a guy that has seen Friends from the pilot to the end four times. The fact is, no matter the similarities, How I Met Your Mother simply has better writing. "The group" seems to really connect on both shows, but the chemistry is even better in How I Met Your Mother. While Friends do include more dramatic storylines, How I Met Your Mother's overall better (in my humble opinion) comedy and truly genius build-up towards to bigger picture (continuing build-up), such as Barney's and Robin's future together, the life of Marvin Waitforit Eriksen and of the revelation of the mother, make this a pretty easy decision at the long run. How I Met Your Mother > Friends.
How I Met Your Mother is the (literally) mother of all shows. It's new and refreshing, it was the program that got me into T.V. in the first place. I understand Friends being the top, because it's an amazing show, but personally I prefer How I Met Your Mother because it is simply legendary. All the shows characters have their own stories to tell and are larger than life, yet still grounded in it (Swarley esp. ) and concerning pop culture references it's only beaten by Community. A purely amazing show with incredible life lessons and moments of uplifting comedy and harrowing drama.
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
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.
I truly believe that this is one of the greatest shows of all time. Michael Scott is a truly unique character. His antics, awkwardness, and lack of common knowledge make him hilarious and at the same time you feel bad for him because of his loneliness. The rest of the ensemble is amazing as well. We get to see the characters develop and their inter-personal relationships evolve as the series progresses. The writers did a great job of taking something simple as a boring paper company and turn it into a hilarious comedy whilst making us care about the characters in it.
An incredible show that takes more time developing the characters into real people than using every opportunity to tell a bad joke you'll only laugh at once. This show is great because it knows that it's just as important to make you cry as it is to make you laugh. There is a reason that people still love this show even years after it finished, and that's because it is one of the greatest sitcoms, if not the greatest, and the only others I can think of that even come remotely close are "How I Met Your Mother" and "Friends".
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.
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.
Fresh Prince is the ultimate family sitcom and in a way created a mold of what family sitcoms should be. The episodes weren't overly fabricated. For being about a kid from a poor neighborhood moving in with a rich uncle, it sure felt real. The love felt real. We laughed and cried, both child and adult. This show hits every demographic. It should be battling for top three with Seinfeld and Friends.
This is the greatest sitcom ever. For several reasons, in my opinion, one, hilarious (plus it being dated now, makes it even more fun). Two, great acting. Three, great moral message, almost every single episode. Four, very real, especially some of the issues dealt with in this show. And finally, combines all elements together so well in most episodes, it's like a perfect show.
I watched this show when it first came onto Amazon Prime UK and I had low expectations but after I watched the first four episodes, I really started to enjoy it. The more seasons I watched, the more I loved it. It's an amazing sitcom. A little underrated in the UK but it did raise a little when they put in Netflix.
I absolutely love Modern Family! The characters are really funny and I love how they all have different personalities. One of the best things about Modern Family is that is I could see someone 18 watching this, but also someone who is 50. I also love how many of the main characters are kids. Many of the other sitcoms I watch have adults as main characters and kids in supporting roles. Anyway, this is the best show ever!
I am the only one who would rather have a botched head transplant than watch another minute of this sickening cringe-fest? If so, what is wrong with you all? American 'comedies' aren't funny they never will be. Friends is terrible and don't get me started on Modern Family. The only American sitcom worth watching is Malcolm in the Middle, so why isn't that higher on this stupid list!
This can't be in the 10th position, its definitely much better than How I Met Your Mother or any of the other sitcoms apart from friends and seinfeld in the top 10... Definitely deserves a top 5 rating... Every possible character and episode which this modern family conjures or will conjure is lovable...
AWESOME and MUSST WATCH series
It was the best sitcom on Nick when you think about it's hilarious jokes, but there was saying the Oh My God, which is saying the lord's name in vain, which kids and families shouldn't listen to.
This show was my childhood. This show was a masterpiece! Zoey 101, Victorious, iCarly are all really good shows, but they're mediocre compared to this masterpiece!
It's nice to see this so close to the top. This may be in an unpopular opinion, but from my point of view, Drake and Josh is an underrated masterpiece.
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.
Easily the funniest show on T.V.. Seth is a genius and all the characters in the family, particularly Stewie and Brian are hilarious together. All the side characters like Quagmire and Mayor West are amazing too. Even though it's kind of a Simpsons rip off, I personally find that the humour and cutaways makes family guy super.
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.
The Simpsons only dumbed down. I know the baby and dog are different but Peter is a fatter stupider Homer. Remember The Tree House of Horror episode called "Send in the Clones" there's loads of Homer's including the 80s Homer, also Peter with them.
Oh yes, definitely. Stop being a douche, if you laugh more at friend's than you do to Family guy, you're probably boring and haven't had a sexual encounter in decades and if that's the cause:
Stop reading my reviews uncle Desmond!
Seriously! #8 what a joke. How I met your mother is in the top ten? Who made this list? Obviously people with no since of humor. Friends was one of the most overrated shows ever and most of the shows in the top ten use the same jokes over and over again and people are too stupid to figure it out. Seinfeld should definitely be #1 and then Cheers. If you like cartoons then The Simpsons is OK for #3. The Office and Modern Family are great and original in their own way. That 70s Show was also great and original. All other shows on the list should never be mentioned again... Ever!
Cheers is the best sitcom of all time. It is maintains a consistency of tone and caliber from the first episode to the last, and offers the viewer precisely the mental escape it offers the bar's clientele. If you're feeling anxious or stressed, watch just one cold open and the theme song - you will feel better, and you will smile.
Cheers and Seinfeld are the best sitcoms ever! You know why? Because they kept it funny throughout their entire tenure. No serious stuff ever cropped up in the latter years that was the downfall of a lot of the other sitcoms like the Cosby Show, Roseanne, etc... Keep it funny always! That's why they call it a sitcom ya big dummy!
Being born in 1986, I only saw this show I'm syndication. I remember my dad loving this show. I was too young but id watch and I always will remember the theme song. Being an adult nowvand having watched it I get it. Very well written and funny shows. Love the actors, a few that starred in their own show. Like the spin off Frasier for example, is on this list.
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!
I think the reason this is so low is because people dn't give it a chance, they just see a clip and make up their minds but seriosuly watch an episode like "Scott Tennorman must die" or even the most recent "Cartman In Love" and you will see that this show is fantastic.
A lot of the humour is parodying todays events and celebrities as well like the Presidential Election/ Oceans 11 skit. Watch guys all the shows on here are good.
Needs to be higher! It's survived more than ten series, so it must be good. I think the reason we don't give it a chance is because all we see the first time is all the language and that. But if we look past that, we can see that not only is it absolutely hilarious, it has messages to tell, and they're usually very true.
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...
It's better than kid misbehave of something stupid, the adult pulls up and chair and gives child a "talk", Married With Children is more realistic no of us have the most luckiest life, there lives are more realistic.
Nothing before or since has approached the comedic level of the second season's Christmas episode. My children have grown up with it as a yearly tradition. The WKRP turkey drop was close -- and also a tradition.
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!
This is the Beatles, the Dylan of sitcoms! Every show that came up after married with children has to live up to it but they'll never be able to! It is raw and funny, and still playing on T.V. 20 years later!
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!
OK, when you think of a sitcom, what can you think of other than a bunch of friends in high school doing crazy stuff? These actors/actress' made the experience, the story left you on the edge of your seat and every episode makes you laugh your guts out. Between the circle scenes and Fez making some perverted remark, who has time to breathe?
I get that this show didn't reach every demographic, but it's simply a top 5 show just on writing and acting, ignoring ratings. It did reach syndication. What is most impressive about this show is that they had a winning formula since day one. I died laughing from episode one til the last. I'm writing to you from the afterlife.
I was really bored one day, so I was looking at random shows on Netflix, when I stumbled upon this beauty. That 70's Show is truly amazing, and hilarious. I have seen every episode at least three times, and even though it went down hill by the fifth season, I still loved every second of it. It is given enough credit than it is.
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.
Absolutely a resounding #1 and that includes over any other genre or show from the 50s to the present. Classic. Lucy's zany antics, the catch phrases, and the countless well-known guest stars along with the chemistry between this foursome just can't be gauged. A pure delight. I own the whole series and it was well worth the investment and has paid for itself many times over.
Carol Burnett, another beloved comedy legend, has cited Lucy as her biggest inspiration. Savvy businesswoman, devoted mother, talented actress, comedic delight, full of wit, grace, and beauty.
She had it all! There will never be another!
I Love Lucy is the greatest show of all time, it's still relevant, every joke is funny even after 70 years, it's still funny today. You will want to watch, and not regret it. I have never met anybody who doesn't like this show. You will be hooked, and be into every character.
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.
My greatest sitcom ever. A very funny show with charlie sheen but the show was finished when he got fired. I recommend series 1 to 8 comedy gold the rest was unwatchable drivel when ashton started. For me there is only 8 seasons of two and a half men and it finished after that I will not watch the ones with ashton. But I will continue to enjoy my season 1-8 two and a half men boxset great comedy
HOW is this so far down the list? It's the funniest sitcom I have ever watched (when Charlie Sheen starred). The humour is very smart and very dark at times, which really makes it. The acting is top notch and the chemistry between the characters is great. Charlie Sheen made this show, it should've ended when he left.
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.
Perfect formula for a perfect show: Two brothers, opposite personalities, one the dead end hedonist, and the other, well, the control obsesive who doesn't gets laid.. Have fun. I can't think of a more solid and genuinely funny series than two and a half men. Simply the greatest. Period.
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!
My personal favorite sitcom coming from someone who doesn't like sitcoms in general. Captures family life perfectly; you will hate each other most of the time and have things that are definitively awful things about yourself and each member, but there for each other when it counts.
Again, not a fan of sitcoms in general, but have seen the ones everyone talks about being their favorite (though I have yet to see much of Seinfeld which I keep meaning to remedy), but this one is my favorite because it seemed the least formulaic and the characters just worked for me. Which is all I can ask of a sitcom.
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.
I didn't appreciate this show when it first aired, as I was in my early twenties and the situations seemed unrealistic to me then. Fast forward 15 years, and I'm a married SAHM w/MIL issues whose sweet and thoughtful husband has morphed into Ray light. This show now cracks me up unlike any other and no matter how many times I watch the same episode, I still laugh. Robert and Amy are my favorites. I also love any time Marie and Debra get into it.
The best part is that this is also my MIL's favorite show and we watch the reruns all the time together.
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
It was brilliantly heartfelt and funny and somehow miraculously made it through the entire length of the program without a laugh track to let me know when I was supposed to laugh. Too bad there were not more shows like it. P.S.: Ally McBeal. Monk. A small handful of others.
"It's actually Malcolm in the Middle." - probably something Malcolm would say. This show is actually hilarious all seven seasons. The plot is fantastic - a kid with photographic memory raised in a weird home trying to get through middle school and high school while giving his parents a hard time with his and his siblings' ridiculous but rule-breaking stunts.The characters are so unpredictable and funny that it just makes an all around amazing T.V. show and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
The acting is just FANTASTIC, and not only that, the personalities of the characters just blend so well with each other as well as the plot of the episode, and the show in general. How is this not #1? This show is truly one of the most underrated shows in television history.
This is the first sitcom on the list that is non American, that's funny. Anyway this is a great show. It is absolutely hilarious. It has great characters: Mr. Fawlty is brilliant. He is designed so well that that you feel sorry for him despite the fact he's a total ar$e. Every episode is so clever and always makes you laugh. It's hilarious how Basil tries to get out of situations dishonestly and almost always does until it all collapses on him. Watch all twelve episodes and you well agree
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.
Can someone please explain to me why sitcom seasons in the UK last only six episodes? There are only 12 episodes of this show and it is one of the best I've ever seen in my life. The same case with The I.T. Crowd, except that has 25 episodes and I prefer Fawlty Towers because it's kind of timeless. Watch both now, because they're both masterpieces with terrible American remakes.
Even tho it only has 12 episodes, it's amazing. After watching the 12 episodes, you can watch them again and again and again, and they will still be as funny as they were before.
A heartfelt gem resonating with innocence of a bygone era: Sunday school, ice cream socials, front-porch swinging, chess-playing in the town square, first kisses stolen by the river or at the drive-in. Perhaps, many cliches abound; however, given the time period, this served as the norm. How refreshing given much of the violence and gore prevalent in today's T.V..
Further, a deep moral compass surrounded not only the premises/topics/issues covered weekly for 8 seasons, but it also connected this beyond talented cast who possessed an authentic bond. Andy's down-to-earth homey charm stems from his steadfast ideology and philosophy of life lending itself to his deprecating, pivotal performance, Don Knots is hilarious, engaging, and lovable as the bumbling Barney Fife, and Ron Howard (who went on to become one of Hollywood's most noted directors) radiates tons of natural charm as Opie, Andy's doe-eyed son.
An indelible classic forever etched in our hearts and minds!
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.
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.
There is not now nor has there ever been a better sitcom. I just finished watching all 8 seasons on Netflix. I wish there were more. It would be great if there was a show on T.V. now that was as funny, wholesome, and moral. They just don't make television shows like they used. I miss the days when sitcoms had stable, intelligent parents and nice, respectful kids. Just goes to prove a show doesn't have to be stupid, sexy, violent or controversial to be an excellent show.
The show is amazing. Best cartoon show ever! I love every episode. You should watch it, and be convinced. You will be hooked. You learn something from every episode, it's educational, and funny at the same time.
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.
An amazing and pretty underrated show that can do both witty comedy and surprisingly touching drama.
All in the Family--a classic that was number 1 for five straight years in the early 70's. The Archie Bunker character is the best. Two and a Half Men was great, especially Seasons 1-9. The Big Bang Theory very funny, but could be quite silly at times. I Love Lucy is a perennial favorite of older people,. Most people only know of the episodes that are considered "classic", but Lucille Ball's physical comedy was hilarious. It's underrated on this list.
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
The best. It was #1 five years in a row in the 70's. Two and a Half Men and the Big Bang Theory (both Chuck Lorre productions) are next. Seinfeld (which can be quite obnoxious), Friends (empty plot, at times), and The Simpsons? are all overrated.
By far my favorite sit com of all time. Archie Bunker represented the typical American bigot. There must have been millions of men in the country that were like him. The show demonstrated how ridiculous prejudice and bigotry are and how they continue to keep this country from coming together. There has never been a sit com as socially significant as this one. Absolutely love it.
This is honestly the best on the list... How could it be #26 It should be #1 or at the least in the top ten... It has everything from a devoted parks and recreation worker to a dumb but lovable shoeshiner... Personally I love all of the cast and Nick Offerman plays the exact role everyone wanted.. Same with Chris Pratt. And let's not forget the star of the show, Leslie Knope. She is amazing in this show and she and the rest of the cast doesn't get the cred they need. My favorite episode was the season 4 fanally when Andy sings bye bye li'l sebastian. This show is awesome and deserved an award
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.
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.
Flu season on this is the best, hilarious, while managing to work out relationships between not only Andy and April, by also Ben and Leslie and Ann and Chris. Overall funny show, but seriously underrated. Should be way higher.
It should be a good deal higher than 20! All the characters are well developed. The Henry Blake Years are equally as good as The Sherman Potter years. Frank Burns is a character who deserves greater recognition.
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.
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.
At times it was the funniest, or the most sad, but it was always the most real show about a war ever made. The cast changes couldn't change a thing about the quality of the show. Consistently great.
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.
Its not as funny as Keeping Up Appearances, The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, Hi Dee Hi, Porridge, Steptoe and Son, In loving memory, Birds of a feather, Man about the house, George and Mildred, open all hours, goodnight sweetheart, On the buses, Rising Damp, Bread, Father Ted, Carry on films and morecambe and wise shows/films.
Simply brilliant, well researched, Hugh Laurie before he became House, Stephen Fry, Miranda
Richardson, oh just ever so jolly japes!
Are you JOKING? This is without doubt, the best sitcom ever. Rowan Atkinson is brilliant and this is what made hugh laurie famous.