Top 10 Best Sitcoms of All Time

Ah, the sitcom, the timeless classic that has been a staple of television for decades. It's hard to beat the comfort of tuning in to your favorite sitcom, grabbing a snack, and settling in for some laughs. From the 1950s all the way to today, there has been an endless stream of hilarious shows that have captured our hearts and kept us entertained.

In this list, we're talking about the shows that have made us laugh until our stomachs hurt, the ones that we still quote to this day, and the ones that have become a part of our lives. These are the shows that we watch when we need a pick-me-up, when we're feeling down, or just when we want to escape reality for a little while.

Now, it's important to note that voting on this list isn't just about popularity or critical acclaim. Sure, voters can be looking at ratings and reviews, but we should also take into account the cultural impact of each show. Consider the characters that have become household names, the catchphrases that have entered the lexicon, and the moments that have gone down in TV history.
The Top Ten
1 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.

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.

For me, Seinfeld is by far the best Sitcom of all Time. To be clear: I watched every single Friends-Episode and was absolutely stunned. A heart-warming 90s-Sitcom, that proved to be very successfull (in the commercial sense), funny, with great characters and everything you need to have some good comedy moments. To be clear: Friends is an awesome show too, but the last season(s) just weren't as good as the others. They didn't really feel "equal".

A few weeks later, I started watching Seinfeld. Now, I have watched approximately 145 Episodes and I can say, that this show is not only the greatest sitcom I have ever seen, but also one of my all time favorites. As we all know, this show's motto is "No hugging, no learning", which means, that it is the complete opposite to friends. The akward situations the four find themselves in, also proved to be just the correct course. Everyone can probably relate to some of their situations, but no one will ever say: "I want them to be my ...more

2 Friends Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. It now airs on Nick at Nite. The story is primarily about 6 individuals (Ross [David Schwimmer], and his sister, Monica [Courtney Cox], Joey and Chandler [Matt LeBlanc and Matt Perry], who are best friends, Jennifer [Rachel Green], and Phoebe [Lisa Kudrow]. The characters constantly get into situations and love affairs and such in the plot.

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.

With all the How I Met Your Mother hype these days it seems that Friends is all but forgotten about. But then, why is it still on for hours of daytime T.V. ? Because it has stood the test of time as one of the best shows ever!

I was so in love with Joey and his innocent, sweet, decent way. Ross had that sexy nerd thing going on. Rachel was trusting and sweet and fit so easily in a scene with anyone else. Phoebe with her genuine nature and questionable background, you knew you wanted her for a friend. Chandler always there to make you laugh. And Monica, well... I am a Monica.

Who couldn't love everything about the characters and episodes!

Friends is simply the best show of all time. It was and probably it will be forever. Cause the show it wasn't just about comedy and jokes, there was also emotion, the characters care about each other, and we care about them, there was romance, and one story for all show, and a long time ago that we don't watch a show with that, and this is what makes a success sitcom, Cause we need to connect with the characters life, and Friends got that. Cause even with all that emotional story they still could make us laugh A LOT... Although the actors are just great, and made it a perfect job.

PS: I already memorized every single world, but every time I watch them, I LMFAO!

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3 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 2023, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer Simpson and his family (wife Marge and children Bart, Lisa and Maggie and pets, Snowball II and Santa's Little Helper) going through a long series of misadventures.

Seinfeld might be the greatest live-action sitcom, but there's no way it's better and more iconic than The Simpsons.

Is there anybody on Earth who doesn't know who The Simpsons are? I live in South America and this show is a cultural phenomenon around here.

The first 10 seasons of The Simpsons is pure genius. There's no show that will ever make me laugh as hard as this one. I literally almost pass out from laughing so much.

Homer Simpson is the greatest sitcom character ever created, period. George Costanza, Cosmo Kramer and Chandler Bing can also be funny, but they can't compete with Homer.

Early Simpsons is easily the greatest comedy ever created in the history of television, period.

Even recent Simpsons episodes aren´t actually that bad, it's just that early Simpsons were so good, that newer episodes just can't compete with them.

I feel like in 100 years, The Simpsons is still going to be recognized by future generations. Can you say the same for Seinfeld and Friends? I have my doubts! The Simpsons is a worldwide phenomenon and is going to be used in the future for historians and scientists to study human behavior.

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!

4 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.

This show has a lot of bad words in it. It's too much like Two and a Half Men and I hate both The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. This show should get cancelled in 2011 because this show sucks. Created by Calum Morrison

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.
Love it!

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

5 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.

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.

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

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".

7 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996.

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.

8 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.

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.

9 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. The show ended on April 8, 2020 after 11 seasons.

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!

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.

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...

10 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 (Fat, Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Bitchy Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Fat, Idiotic Son), and Stewie (Sociopathic and Genuine Infant); and lastly Brian (Anthromorphic Pet Dog). The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often American culture. more.

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!

The Contenders
11 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 with Nancy Sullivan, who plays Drake and Megan's mother in the series. Miranda Cosgrove plays Megan, Drake's mischievous younger sister, and Jonathan Goldstein plays Walter, Josh's father. The series' opening theme song, "Found a Way", is written by Drake Bell and Backhouse Mike and performed by Bell. The series ran from January 11, 2004, to September 16, 2007, totaling 57 episodes in 4 seasons. more.

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.

12 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.

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...

13 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 more.

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!

14 That '70s Show That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.

Can't believe that it's so low in ranking. This is easily one of the best shows ever made. Smoking up and drinking are precisely what high schoolers do (or did back then).

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.

15 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.

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.

16 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. The cast members are Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Madylin Sweeten, and Monica Horan. Most episodes of the nine season series were filmed in front of a live studio audience, with few exceptions.

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.

17 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.

It is one of the best shows ever. when Charlie sheen got fired and removed from the show no one watched the show even though the director tried 4 more seasons even though no one was interested. As far as I know with Charlie sheen the show is 10/10, without Charlie sheen -99/10. And the director showed his fantasies as Charlie Harper doings in last episode animation which is even worse. Worst ending to a great character. Kudos to the director for directing that bad, No one can direct worse than that (last episode of season 12).

But upto season 8 it is a great show and highly recommended.

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.

18 All In The Family All in the Family is an American sitcom television series that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network for nine seasons.

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

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.

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.

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.

19 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.

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.

20 The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968.

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.

21 Frasier Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee in association with Grammnet and Paramount Network Television.

This is undoubtedly the best show that I have watched to date. It is a combination of unique but relatible characters and extremely clever writing that is rare in television shows nowadays. Its episodes offer light-hearted entertainment through the wittiest lines but also bring audiences on an emotional journey through experiences that offer morals in love, family and life that is still applicable tens of years after the show has ended. Having watched all eleven seasons for 5 times, I recommend this series to everyone. This is the show that I always go back to and I enjoy every moment of it.

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

Eminent Boston Psychiatrist, Frasier Crane, last seen gracing the bars of Cheers has left his life there to start afresh in Seattle. He now has a spot as a popular radio Psychiatrist, giving him the chance to spread words of wit and wisdom to the masses. He shares his apartment with his retired cop father, Martin, and his father's physical care assistant, Daphne Moon. Add in brother Niles, Eddie the dog, some bizarre situations and plenty of humour and you've got all the ingredients for an excellent show and worthy successor to Cheers.

The most intelligent, sophisticated sitcom of all time. What made it really work was its ability to contrast high and low humor. The best seasons were probably 1-5 where the Frasier character was more masculine, regular guy relative to the Niles character. Once the Frasier character, in later years, took on more of the Niles character's persona the contrast and a lot of the humor was lost. The timing of Niles and Daphne marrying also diminished the show's most comedic tension. Overall, still the best sitcom to ever air.

22 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom that first premiered on FX on August 4, 2005 and has since moved to FXX beginning with the ninth season.

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.

I don't even need to say anything. If you have a sense of humor you love the show! These guys don't play around, they mean business. Someone wrote every episode is pee your pants funny and it's the truth! There are at least a few moments in each that will make you lough out loud and even maybe pee your pants.

This show is simply the best. It makes me wanna puke that this isn't in the top tens at least because it shows that nobody on this website has even seen the show. How I Met Your Mother? Are you kidding me. Watch this show once and you will be in love. It's not some stupid romantic comedy about relationships and love. It's about the stupidest and most selfish people in Philadelphia. The only cliché in this whole show is that they run a bar. Each character is perfect. This show is perfect.

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

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.

24 Malcolm in the Middle

Why is this SO LOW?! This show is awesome! My absolute and personal favorite! The actors and how they portrayed the characters here are just so perfect! Malcolm in the Middle 4-EVER!

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'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.

25 M.A.S.H.

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.

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