Top Ten Best Sitcoms of All Time

The Contenders: Page 2

21 M.A.S.H. M.A.S.H.

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.

There are at least 20 shows on this list I'd consider for number 1. Its testament to all of them how hard it is to pick. Ultimately I vote M*A*S*H. Alan Alda. Witty. Awesomely droll. Addictive.

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.

I'm sorry, but why is the big bang theory higher than M.A.S.H? That's messed up

V 20 Comments
22 Only Fools and Horses

Best ever! Excellent actors and amazing timing of punch lines. Even after having watched the episodes several times, it still remains funny.

This is the best comedy sitcom ever made. Purely amazing acting, writing and classic English humour. Voted the best English comedy for a reason, it would sure beat the likes of the cheap American comedy shows in the top ten. Watching this show plenty of times, it always remains funny.

This should definitely be number one, and by a long way as well. I can't think of one episode which is less than outstanding. Pure comedy genius.

The reason it's not higher is the UK is out numbered. - GodSlayer

V 39 Comments
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!

No touching

V 63 Comments
24 The King of Queens

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!

Hands down bes sitcom EVER

V 66 Comments
25 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.

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.

How is this so low. Definitely has the greatest cast on television right now!

Best show ever! Amazing dry wit in all the characters!

V 29 Comments
26 The Andy Griffith Show

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.

Andy Griffith, All In The Family and Sanford And Son were my 3 favorite sitcoms of all time.

V 13 Comments
27 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.)

V 9 Comments
28 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.

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

#29? You gotta be kidding me. This deserves to be in the top ten!

V 31 Comments
29 Scrubs Scrubs

Scrubs has the best set of characters, and the best actors to fit their roles. I can watch it annually and still enjoy it as much as the first time

Scrubs has it all. It has the best script ever made, the best characters ever created, the best location choice, (in a hospital, you can both laugh and cry), and inarguably the best actors for the job. Nothing beats Zach Braff in the episode "My ABC's" in season 8. Or John C. McGinley when he loses 3 patients in one day, or Judy Reyes when she says her final goodbye to Laverne in season 6. All of those memories stay in your head forever, and when you have watched through all of the seasons, you are left with that little sad feeling that your friends are gone. The series are over, and you can't follow the people who has through the seasons become your best friends. You know their backgrounds and stories. You know what the've been through.

Scrubs is the only show that has made me cry on more than 3 ocasions. Scrubs fans will know which ones I mean. It is and will always be the best T.V. show ever made, and one can only pray they start filming it again

One of the best sitcoms EVER!
Nothing can beat it. I don't even try to compare it with other shows because then, I won't be able to like ANYTHING!
Brilliant, absolutely!

It is the best show. It was not as popular as the other one's. Not many people have watched it. But it should literally rank in the top 5

V 86 Comments
30 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.

The characters are relatable and timeless

V 40 Comments
31 Home Improvement

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.

I just started watching it, no man or woman could the charms of Tim Allen

V 14 Comments
32 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.

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!

Straight up CLASSIC

V 11 Comments
33 All In The Family

"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.

Raised the bar and set a new standard. Nothing had touched it before, and nothing has touched it since. Great performances from a great cast.

This is, hands down, the best sitcom of all time. Seinfield, nor Friends, nor any other sitcom will ever have the impact that All in the Family had on the American society of that time and even today. When it comes to sitcoms, All in the Family will always be KING.

Best Show ever... way before its time

V 30 Comments
34 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Will go down as one of the greatest shows of all time. Ridiculous to the point of hilarity. Excellent writing. Unforgettable characters. Danny Devito just adds major celebrity to the show.

How could it's always sunny be so low? It is on its 12 season and still going. Sunny doesn't have well-known, famous people on the show, besides Charlie Day. That is the only fault in the series. Which isn't really a fault because having big actors makes the show look cheesy just trying to get better ratings. But is flat out hilarious with always going too far with their schemes. All the character are well done besides Dee (no likes Dee). Even with their low budget they make creative stories like court cases and flashbacks of what happened (who pooped the bed). Maybe it's low because it's not meant for young viewers but you can also say that about many other shows in front of it.

Perfect comic timing, well developed characters, and fast paced story lines that have some of the most outrageous situations that I could have never fathomed in the far reaches of my imagination. Totally hysterical and unexpected every episode.
One of my friends describes this show by saying, "every time they have to make a decision, they make the absolute worst decision possible. " Which makes for some interesting scenarios.

Better than friends and sienfeld combined

V 18 Comments
35 30 Rock 30 Rock

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

A sit-com about what is essentially the SNL crew: what could be more hilarious?

V 5 Comments
36 The Golden Girls

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.

What the heck is this doing at 37?
It should be in top 3!

V 16 Comments
37 Father Ted

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.

DRINK! DRINK! DRINK! FECK OFF! - GodSlayer

V 6 Comments
38 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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?

39 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.

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!

I wouldn't consider it a complete "sitcom" but it was even funnier than the sitcoms today.

V 6 Comments
40 Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm

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

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

Very clever situations with excellent improvisation!

Funniest show of all time. hands down.

V 6 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Funniest Sitcoms of All Time Top 10 Live Studio Audience Sitcoms of All Time Most Underrated Sitcoms of All Time Best Rappers of All Time Best Singers of All Time

List StatsUpdated 17 Oct 2017

44,000 votes
345 listings
11 years, 296 days old

Top Remixes (165)

1. Seinfeld
2. The Simpsons
3. Futurama
Bramuel
1. The Office
2. Parks and Recreation
3. Family Guy
thebazboy
1. Seinfeld
2. How I Met Your Mother
3. The Big Bang Theory
buckeyeguy1

WRemix
View All 165

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P