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 Top Ten
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?
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.
Even tho it was made in the 90s, it still holds up, every joke is still funny, every character, ever episode has great moments. It deserves to be as high as it is. Amazing show!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Knock-Knock-Knock, Penny! A Great show, doesn't matter how smart you are, you will still be laughing throughout every single episode. It still holds up to this day. Every character is great. Penny doesn't known what they are talking about, which can get extremely funny. I don't know why it's not number 1.
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
While the Simpsons has become a shell of its former self, the earliest seasons of the longest running American sitcom of all time are among the funniest episodes of any show I've ever seen and brought a truly great animated sitcom to our screens for the first time since the Flintstones.
Even after being on the air for 31 years, the show still holds up. Even new episodes still has some great and funny moments. Everybody has heard of this show, but not everyone watches it, they should. It's amazing!
Seinfeld is overrated. Every person with two brain cells at most will agree that the order should be:
3 Two and a Half Men
4 How I Met Your Mother
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.
how I met your mother is the best. Its just not about that comedy content alone but the character development the story stuff its all so good josh!. The ending may went off the line but the rest it's the best
I can't even begin to express just how incredible this show was. It was hilarious, it was smart, it was deep, it was heartfelt, it was sad, it was happy, it was well written, it was unique in its delivery of an otherwise old style, but most of all, it was beautiful. Each and every character actually developed over 9 years, and the story itself was actually dependent on previous episodes (not really a sitcom thing to do). This show made me laugh in every single episode, but it also made me literally cry in more episodes than I can count (and I'm a DUDE). Why did it make me cry, because it tapped into my own experiences (as I'm sure it did for millions of others). This show played the heart strings of everyone's reality, and managed to be completely sincere and hilarious at the same time. Truly,... yes... "legendary". I watched friends, and I liked friends, but there was still something a little too fake about it. Another hundred years may pass before something even comes close to How I ...more
The show has no laugh track. You can laugh anytime you want. Steve Carell is BRILLIANT!
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
This show is a joy to have as a television show. It's funny, the characters are likable and amazing plots and songs.
I laughed, I cried, but throughout this show, you never wanted it to end because the connection you created with the characters. Michael Scott may be one of the most brilliant characters ever invented because of his awkward yet hysterical form a comedy that makes you love him and don't forget Pam and Jim, the couple that showed us that overall love never fails. In the end, this show revealed to me how to see the greatness in small ordinary things like an office, and I am forever grateful for that.
You gotta be kidding me, there's no way the fresh prince should be 11th on this list. I've never seen another sitcom that could make you laugh, cry, and make you care about the characters the way this show did. I think friends is the the closest that could come to this show. This show taught lessons to kids, there was meaning behind every episode. This show should be number 1 above all others. Sure friends was a great show, you also cared about those characters, but most of the episodes lacked true meaning other than to be entertaining
Will smith is the shizzle, one of the few that can be funny and serious.
This show is amazing in every way and gives you that perfect 90's feel
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
Best sitcom ever made, and because it lasts for four seasons it doesn't deteriorate!
I love Drake & Josh. I use to always watch it with my older brother.
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.
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.
I love this show. The characters are great and they all have different personalities that fit together. I watched every episode and didn't want the show to end. I still watch it when it comes on T.V... Enough said.
I'm not a sitcom fans at all (maybe some Married With Children and Friends here and there), but I still watch That 70s Show to this day. Every episode still makes me laugh, and I wish I could relive it all over again.
Pretty good show I'd have to say.
Season finale made me cry
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!
Phil Dunphy, the best character I have seen on TV in many years. Sofia Vergara is hilarious too.
Just finished watching it: emotional and extremely funny! Kinda sad to see all of the characters growing up, makes you think of how fast the time really flies lol
I didn't really like this show when it first came on. It was only when I went back to watch the new season that I actually started to appreciate this show.
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!
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
It wasn't actually that funny that's why, the "humor" was so forced and was just shock value which can only go so far. - DaWyteNight
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!
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.
People who say this is just an Ok show about people hanging out in a bar is wrong. It's a fantastic show, made in the 80s, and still so many people watch it. They make the punchlines to every joke Perfect, nails them. What can I say. WATCH IT!
In an era of over saturation of the sitcom market, one sitcom stood well above the rest. No 80s sitcom holds a candle to Cheers.
Having Cheers #22 on this list is a travesty. It looks like whomever made this list has only watched the 90's sitcoms, as many of the top ones are more recent. Cheers is, hands down, the greatest sitcom ever.
Not really, it's a fact that Friends is the greatest sitcom ever.
Cheers is great, hilarious still after all these years. Ted Danson is great.
Pushes the boundaries every episode - nothing is funnier today!
Any list with this show in the top 10 of all time is immediately suspect.
This Cartoon is so funny that no matter how much I watch the same episode still gives me laughs and peter's shenanigans are so much wacky. Buttscratcher! Is the best joke I guess.
This is a genuinely funny T.V. show. However, I think Chris deserves more credit than he gets. Behind Peter, he is the funniest character on the show.
With that being said, this show is extremely intelligent and gets you laughing when you least expect it. Kudos to Seth MacFarlane for creating the funniest show on T.V. today.
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.
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 a classic sitcom, and possibly one of the funniest ever. Wherever you go, you will find a fan of this hilarious and timeless show.
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.
OMG they killed Kenny! South Park is one of the only shows that can make 20+ Seasons and not make a single bad season, every season has some GREAT episodes, and you will not want to miss it. Still an amazing show no matter what anyone says.
In terms of consistency and longevity, nothing beats out South Park. It is the most culturally relevant sitcom ever created.
Episodes still bring in new topics and make fun of them in hilarious ways
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
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.
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!
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.
Am British but I love this comedy so much, way funnier than Friends. Each character is stand out - a bit like Frasier, which I also love. I don't think there is one episode where I didn't laugh out loud and that is unusual for me. It became even funnier when Amy and her clan joined the show. I have 4 boys ranging from 6-20 and it is one of the few shows on T.V. we can all enjoy together. Maybe not everybody loves Raymond, but I do.
THE 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
The show lost it's taste when Charlie left. Ashton was just not funny to me.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Charlie Sheen!
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
Amazing show... amazing characters... each episode makes you laugh and at the same time touches your heart!
Such a great show. It is the only show that I can watch and love that was made before I was born. The show itself is timeless. You can watch an episode and it can make you laugh and it can touch you at the same time. Overall the show is unforgettable
Full House is like Friends, except that it's shot on video and it's appropriate for families of all ages, and families are ages 0 to the death ages.
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.
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.
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.
Such a classic! "...on those trays" "No, uno dos tres"! etc... Watch on Netflix if you haven't seen it or even if you have.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rowan at his best taking you though a romp of English History.
The chemistry between mrs dabney and Gabe is great -the fanatic
One of Disney's recent efforts to attract a younger audience that I actually enjoyed. Talented actors whose dynamic proved they could have headlined a mainstream sitcom! Other than Road to Avonlea and Boy Meets World, this is the only sitcom produced under the current Disney franchise that possessed depth and heart despite its occasionally silly antics, but then all memorable sitcoms have boasted this as well: Three's Company,The Beverly Hillbillies, and of course my personal all time favorite: I Love Lucy.
While this show was not in the same vein as any of those, it encompassed the potential, which makes it worthy of more than a passing glance.
Pleasant, feel-good family comedy with heart!
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.
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.
An amazing and pretty underrated show that can do both witty comedy and surprisingly touching drama.
Arguably the best cartoon sitcom ever created.
Not stupid slapstick, but intelligent plots, and subtle humour.
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.
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.
Trully one of the best series made in T.V. history. I can't imagine why it is not in top 10.
How is this show so low. The Storyline is spot on. The comedy is spot on. The acting is great. Some of the lines of the characters are hilarious. This is my favorite show of all time
Meh but it’s better than a lot of them and Chris Pratt need I say more -the fanatic
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.