Top Ten Comedy Shows of All Time
Its 3 in the morning... I just watched the last episode and the episode before that. I don't think I cried that much in years... You would be surprised but, I found the episode before the Last One sadder than any episode I've ever watched in my life...
I get a lot of you love Seinfeld and always say how much better it is because it's a classic, but Friends is special. You realize that having just a group of close friends gets you through any tough times and they will always be there for you. I mean, I was crying so hard that when Chandler cracked a joke while Rachel was saying goodbye I didn't know if I was laughing or crying. The connection between the audience and the actors and writers and directors and everyone that made this show happen, is very strong.
It's not even about which is #1 or which is funnier or sadder, it's a combination of all categories and put them together and friends is the best there is.
When the show finished I felt like my life was too. You have Chandler the sarcastic one. Ross the Lover boy. Joey the dim player that's following his dream. Monica the freak, who always is interesting. Phoebe the very amazingly and hilariously weird one. Rachel the main girl, the aspired one. It is not a show, it is a lifestyle, a very hilarious, dramatic and amazing lifestyle. It most defiantly should be the the first. There is much more to it. I probably have watched it 7 times and it still puts a smile on my face. I would strenuously advice everyone to watch it.
This show is so good it will teach you about comedy and what it truly is, about friendship, relationships, and heartbreak. if you watch it you will laugh and you will cry. it has scenes that are so funny, when Monica wears somebody's wedding dress, when joey shows chandler his clothes when 4 friends are trapped in a room, when Rachel and ross roll over a drink. it also can be sad when Rachel and ross were on a break, when the fake Monica went to jail, when chandler and Monica move. all I am saying is that this show meant a lot to me so if you have any sort of taste watch this amazing show.
I love Friends show. It is like my best friend! I have it all loaded in my pc and I need to watch one episode daily at the end of my day. Its hilarious and you can totally connect to it. Even though it has been many years since it went off, it still feels like it's so new and contemporary. Its simply wow..! A real fun treat for 21 minutes..! It has got everything in it..! Makes you laugh and forget everything else you carry in your head.
There is something truly unique about the way Seinfeld approaches comedy. And notice that it's main characters are all rather "bad" people. I see numerous comedies today that emulate the Seinfeld formula well, for instance "Sunny in Philly" and "The League" both seem to owe quite a bit to Seinfeld.
Seinfeld is flawless in every episode. Brilliantly written, & timing of lines perfectly executed. It is timeless which most comedies series aren't, ageless. A cult following. Outside the box comedy. Led the way & broke the mould. The office comes close. Both unique & ground breaking.
This has always been the best. Kramer is the best part - he is always doing hilarious things! Kramer is hilarious when he says: ''Yeeeah'' as he skids on the floor into Jerry's apartment, and when he says: ''Giddyup''! My favorite episode is ''The soup nazi'' because the soup nazi gets called ''the soup nazi'' for a reason - he supposedly ''makes the best soup in the world'' but he is crazy, and when someone annoys him or complains, he says: ''NO SOUP FOR YOU! '' and takes their soup away! Seinfeld is the best show in the world (or at least the USA, haven't seen the shows in other countries)! And why is ''Drew Carey'' so low? He is hilarious too! And apperently, ''Last Man on Earth'' isn't even on the list (but I get it, since it was meant to be a comedy at first, but is more sad than funny now since SPOILER ALERT: everyone is dying off, one by one). Seinfeld was so good, that if it had continued airing, to this day, it would still NEVER get old!
Seinfeld is one of the most intelligent shows out there. The fact that people would rate Friends higher than Seinfeld is a very good indication of how the human race is failing, and less and less quality is poured into the arts.
Family guy is by far the funniest show ever. Peter is ofc the biggest attraction, but its all the lesser appearing characters that make this a huge success, like mayor west and herbert the pervert. The way that seth mcfarlane has mixed all those different characters together, reflects directly to real life
Family Guy should be number 1! Not Friends, that's crap. To me it was never funny to me at all! I HATE FRIENDS!
South Park and the Simpsons beat Family Guy by a lot. Keep trying Peter, or shall I say Homer rip off.
The Inbetweeners, Malcolm In The Middle and Family Guy, my favorite series of all time.
It takes a show viewers to keep on going and the Simpsons has been going for 27 years so it's obvious it has the most viewers. Plus it's funny and the humor isn't always about sex and stuff like that which is very common in T.V. shows like Family Guy. And many of the idea's for other comedy shows came frome the Simpsons so this show is definitely #1.Oh and by the way. It's way more funny than Seinfeld.
Seriously? South Park better than Simpsons? The Simpsons are America's most loved family. They've got the most number of characters. Homer Simpson is the funniest guy on earth... I think Two and a half men, The Outdoor man, Home Improvement, Arrested Development and Everybody loves Raymond must be on the top ten too
This show is funny and so original, more original than any other show, other than spongebob and avatar, the Simpsons should be the best comedy sitcom, because friends is too unoriginal, overrated, and mean spirited.
One of the best cartoons!
Whether you think that it's just as good as it always has been, or needs to gracefully bow out, The Simpsons cannot be denied its place in the historical context of the medium of television.
This show is hillarious. But the main reason why this should be number one is because it is different. Look at Friends and How I Met Your Mother two other fantastic shows but the reason why The Big Bang Theory is number one are. Instead of having popular young people who go to public places like bars it is hillarious geeks watching Star Wars and reading comic books. Second of all it keeps the characters carrees mentioned. Finally it is amazing how the characters are played by the cast. My top 5
1 The Big Bang Theory
2 The Simpsons
3 How I Met Your Mother
5 Family Guy
Just when you think that since Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Friends, etc. When every kind of comedy has been shown, what is left for the viewers to laugh about... There comes "the boss". The Big bang theory really has changed the way to approach hilarity. Any Further arguments against this will be countered by SHELDON! BURN! Ha
Though they are supposed to be called nerds, but this show portrays the hidden truth of the lives of them, and it really turns out to be hilarious. I can't think of any one reason why this show is 8th on this list ( as of now) may be it can get its much deserved #1 place.
The Big Bang Theory actually is the funniest sitcom, and the best comedy show. I like Sheldon Cooper because he's one of the funniest characters. Well Leonard is a nerd, but he's funny. Howard Wolowitz is cool and Rajesh is such a crybaby.
Absolutely iconic. Any show that's any good that's out today is based off of the office. Every character is amazing. It's the most re-watchable show ever. I for one have seen the office over 40 times over and I'm not alone on this. Who'd think that a show about such a mundane thing could be so funny, deep, and enjoyable.
The office barely had any main storyline yet I tuned in every time just wanting a little more of maybe the jim-pam romance or kevin's creepy smile or the pranks on dwight..The greatest comedy show ever no doubt.
Seen every episode and I think of the older seasons as the good old days. Quote from the office:
Andy: I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.
The best - along with arrested developement!
Makes you want to work at an office - and believe me, before I watched this show I believed that to be the worst jobs ever. (still depends though x)
Creed and Kevin are my favorite characters
Family guy is not even funny its just immature rubbish. I can't belive people actually enjoy that crap. I've seen many family guy episodes and I have laughed ONCE. I've seen every South Park episode past season 2 cause 1 and 2 are old laugh out loud but I'll watch them at some stage. South Park is so funny an actually has a proper story line unlike that family guy crap
Unlike Family Guy, this show is actually funny and the quality of the storyline and gags are outstanding for a cartoon, or for a comedy show in general.
The offensive, racist and sexist humor is by far the funniest kind of humor you can expect from a T.V. show. If I had to compare it to another show, all I can think of is "the Ali G Show", by the makers of Borat, Brüno and The Dictator.
South Park is crude, rude, sick and disgusting! I don't understand how any normal person can actually watch it or think it's good. It's degrading to everyone who has any kind of moral values. It should be banned from being aired on T.V. for adults much less kids!
Who doesn't like it? Thanks to the show's crude and simple animation style, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are often able to produce new installments in a matter of days, allowing them to spoof current events as they unfold.
Everything about this show is great I love their relationship between all of them. Even the temporary characters are great. I can't without laughing so hard. I am so upset that it ended but the last season was the best. Whoever created this show was a genius. Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily, and Robin I love you guys and I hope to have a group of friends as loyal as y'all are to each other someday.
I actually think there are some valuable life lessons beneath the surface narrative, and it draws you in so much you feel like that is part of your world - I have the box set of seasons 1-8 and I've watched every episode a number of times but they never get any less funny as time goes by. I also love how the writers and director use the actors' other talents wherever possible, for example the musical numbers and dance routines throughout. As well as this, it is set in real time; the time goes by at the same speed as real life which makes it all the more relatable. Legendary!
Better then Friends? That is a question most people ask me, and it is hands down better, the humour and the extremely clever writing just make it too good, how it also tackles some serious issues make your attachment with the characters grow, something which wasn't really forthcoming in the other comedies.
How I Met Your Mother is basically Friends II! The entire show is spectacular. Every episode has everything anyone wants in comedy. Any episode can make you laugh until it hurts. All Hail How Met Your Mother... The most perverted, hilarious, mind-boggling sitcom out there!
In all honesty, spongebob seasons 1-3 were the bomb! Nonstop funny. But then came the Spongebob Squarepants movie and it wasn't the same ever again. It got more kid friendly and corny that I just couldn't bear to watch it. Those first three seasons though were legendary.
Even adults will like it! There was a pretty good one in Christmas Who where Squidward said "I feel like a... I feel like a..." And then a donkey appears. Think about it.
This is the one kid show I'll probably never outgrow. The older episodes, at least.
Spongebob is an adventure show, he is water rated adventure show and not a comedy show.
I can't believe sanitized and lame American comedy like Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld and worst of all The Big Bang Theory is ranked above this. I guess seeing this on T.V. even today would blow the brains out from the bible-belt rednecks.
Truly a landmark show that still holds up today.
At least Saturday Night Live isn't on the top ten..
Best comedy series ever, I am only 19 and massively in to this show, the comedy proves to be timeless and has stood the grand test of time because they have a substantially large youthful fan base. This show has paved the way for more controversial styles of comedy, this really deserves to be number 1!
Sorry, but most modern american comedy just isn't funny. You can never laugh yourself to death with Sheldon Cooper knocking on a door shouting "Penny", whereas you will cry yourself when you watch Monty Python sketches like the Dead Parrot, and the Ministry of Silly Walks
Class, the best of the best, but the current comedy trend is different, therefore with the current standards, I think monty python can't be compared with the present day shows, nonetheless for someone from the 70's and the 80's, this is the best.
It's a show that is always relevant because it brings new comedians, new writers and makes comedy for new audiences constantly. A lot of people say that the first couple of seasons were the best but that's just a personal taste. Personally, I love people like Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen and Cecily Strong because their comedic style is a better fit for my taste. That's what is great about the show - if a comedian/cast doesn't do it for you, you will definitely find someone else that you like. By saying that the show sucks now, you are being disrespectful to the hard work of the current cast. The way SNL works is just unbelievable, it's just so physically demanding and nerve wracking, I don't think most people know how the show works and how difficult it is to be a part of it.
They've been running with some of the funniest skits for over 40 years. Not even the Simpsons can compare because SNL manages to be fresh and runs even longer.
Comedy legends - John Belushi, Chris Farley, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, etc. All on one stage performing some of the most iconic comedy skits of all time
Saturday Night Live changed over the years drastically. Sadly, it's ruined.
Great actors and amazing episode morals. Can't get a more complete show with each and every episode ending with a feel good factor.
With How I Met Your Mother gone, Big Bang Theory losing its edge, I'm delighted by this show. Best sitcom on T.V. right now.
A very decent and amazing comedy series that anyone, all age people could watch. They are like a real family!
Best comedy show ever. You'll love the characters and you'll actually wish that you're part of their family. It's that good
During the 11 years that Frasier was on top, the writers and actors continuously exceeded our lofty expectation. In my opinion, it's the best sitcom of all time. The cast melded perfectly, the jokes were hilarious and always seemed to come out of left field. But most of all, the story line from its inception to its conclusion read like a great comedic novel. Thank you Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin for your many hours of great entertainment.
Frasier should be at least I the top 5 I have never missed an episode and I even watch the re runs, this show inspired me to become a psychiatrist and have better tastes in life. Not only is it funny it gives you something to ponder about everyday.
A show revolving around a psychiatrist who hosts a radio call-in show, but always has something wrong in his life or on his mind that he can't let go. Full of sarcasm and witty humor, Frasier is a show that can drive you crazy... And make you laugh.
As good as comedy writing gets. One of the most beautifully crafted sitcoms of all time. This show combines witty exchanges with laugh out loud farce! The ski lodge, series 5 is an absolute classic.
Even though I will always enjoy Family guy, American Dad has always had the little something that made it more enjoyable for me and my family. Roger has to be one of my favourite animated characters ever.
Funniest animated show on T.V. right now. If only it was more popular than its inferior counterpart, Family Guy.
American dad is family Guy's younger, wiser, more clever, and more funny brother, who happens to have better taste
Stan smith is legendary
This and Robot Chicken undoubtedly deserve higher placement on this list. However, Futurama furthered what Matt Groening accomplished even with the likes of the Simpsons, with utterly hilarious, but also well conceived, characters, and endlessly entertaining plotlines. The Simpsons is a classic, but which show is funnier, and more consistently so? Futurama. (Somebody with a profile, please, please, PLEASE post Aqua Teen Hunger Force. )
Smart, creative, hilarious, visually pleasing and a pop culture fan's delight. It's place on the list as of yet makes sense, though; most 'Family Guy' type audiences today ignore this comedy because it's typically non-offensive. That's why I like it; it doesn't (usually) try to be funny. It just uses setting and logical writing for humor.
The show should definitely be in the top ten. I've watched the series over six times, and I really like how it's funny every episode, yet it still can have meaning in its episodes.
Futurama is a fantastic series with punchlines on several levels. If you like watching people puke: Watch it. If you like picking up intellectual crumbs: Watch it!
I'm sorry, but this show isn't just a contender. There are so many jokes in this show you'll have to watch each individual episode thousands of times to get each joke and all of them are hilarious! There is no unfunny character on this show and no unfunny episode. If anyone wanted to try this show out, I would suggest watching the first 3 seasons first. The new season was ok but for me didn't quite cut it (I wish it did). There are so many great things about this show. Give it a try if you haven't!
Number 1! The best show ever! I watch it over and over again and there is always someting new! The lines, the facial and body language! And Jason Bateman's impecable delivery. Love it! I some times just start laughing out of remembering scenes! And it can be anywhere! My family and I can replicate a lot of scenes and we just laugh ourselves to tears!
Absolutely better than half of the stuff on this list. It is one of the most clever shows on T.V.. It is so genius, filled with inside jokes, callbacks to earlier episodes, and satire. Too bad it got canceled. It was too smart for people. Instead all of the idiots were watching 2 and a Half Men and Family Guy.
Puts nearly every other comedy program to shame. No show will ever top the quality of this show. It's nothing but joke after joke after joke. My favorite part is that they will use jokes from the 3 episodes ago in a new episode. I can't wait for the new episodes and the movie!
For a show about a bunch of psychopaths, it makes a damn good comedy. It really let's you look at what would happen if you took a situation from a 1 to and 100, and then made it a 0. From Dennis who is possibly a serial killer to the scatterbrained loveable drug addict Charlie, the characters are so well written I never feel like I'm watching a T.V. show, and thank god I am.
Anyone who's as baffled as I am about the fact that How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang are considered comedy (even good ones?! ) should give this a go. Definitely a fresh take on the writing, very original plots and characters. Takes time to adjust to the loudness and dysfunctionality of the folk, but proves to be good investment especially after 3rd season.
Only those who watch this show understand it's awesomeness. This and South Park are the best, hands down. The way an episode of IASIP is built off a topic/idea that tackles big issues which, in certain comical situations, are funny to talk about. Topics like drugs, guns, etc. are part of the genius formula to these types of T.V. shows, and this series has nailed it.
Nothing to learn, nothing to love. All you got to do is keep your brain in the refrigerator and watch this show, because the more you try to make sense of what the characters do, the more like them you will be. Classic comedy, great plots!
Quite possibly the best adult sitcom of all time. I started watching earlier this year and have been watching in a continuous loop all 10 series plus the 11th which I have watched 3 times already. There are so many jokes that you will have missed 1st time around or even second time around. H Jon Benjamin as the voice of Archer is quite possibly the best sustained performance in an animated show.
Seriously? #123? With 0% of the votes? Archer is a sure fire top ten. The first series is pure comedic gold. Best cartoon ever, and that's competing against South Park and Family Guy. So underrated.
41? This show is hilarious, a perfect balance between mature and immature.
It should be up there is an awesome T.V. show
I really like it!
Was a good show
I cannot believe my eyes, the generation actually knows about good shows!?!?!
Hideously unfunny show
Deserves to be in 1
Probably the best British comedy of all time, Fawlty Towers isn't just plain stupid like a lot of other shows higher than it on this list, it is extremely intelligent humour.
John Clease is brilliant and makes the show. I stayed at a hotel in Vienna where I swear the staff was very much like this show. Also nothing funnier than John Clease goose stepping around his hotel.
Why is this so low? The big bang theory is terrible. Call me old fashioned, but aren't sitcoms meant to be funny?
The only way you wouldn't vote this #1 is if you never saw it. When I watch this show, I choke from laughing so hard!
This is not 42, at all. Dave Chappelle is a hilarious comedian. And every episode is so funny. Friends, Big Bang Theory, Scrubs, or any other stupid sitcom should not be in front of this show.!
The person that did this list obviously never watched Chappelle's Show.
I never laughed harder.
Legendary comedy. One of a kind.
This show is so real and down to earth and relatable! Its hilarious too! Haha there will never be a great show like this in a long time. How I Met Your Mother and the big bang theory suck compared to Everybody loves Raymond!
Captures perfectly the humor to be found in the everyday irritations of real families. Amazingly just as relevant now, as when it was made.
How is this not number one. Classic humour. Jokes I will never forget. Everybody loves Raymond!
This show sucks and is not funny at all. None of the characters are likable either.
This my favorite show along with home improvement and the middle. My favorite character is Michelle. This will cheer you up after you watch it. I can relate this to myself and my family. Even my 8 year brother and cousin like this show. This is a perfect family show.
This show is so good! Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were young at the time but they were really good! It needs to be on T.V. more!
Full House is so cheesy, but it's good for young families.
This is the best show ever!
More laughs per minute than most shows.
Other shows have a big build with a big laugh at the end. MWC built up with funny had a big laugh at the end and then kept going with more funny. Should be a test to see how many laughs per minute and how strong the laughs are. MWC would be 1st.
This is such a time honored example of silliness, hilarity, and off the wall, outlandish television comedy. It should easily be included in any list of greatest comedy shows!
This is my favorite comedy show of all time. I have viewed every episode and have never seen a bad one! Low brow, slapstick, funny. I became "Bundified" from the very first episode! GO-O-O-O BUNDY'S!
This is the funniest show in history. Martin is next. Every episode was funny and the skits were so relatable.