Top Ten Comedy Shows of All Time

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.

Friends was hilarious, Saturday Night Live was revolutionary (and should be a lot higher on this
List) but Seinfeld was the best. Possibly the greatest show of all time and definitely the best comedy shshow like SNL and unlike friends Seinfeld was able to perfectly keep with a steady stream of quality and quantity whereas Friends was screwed by season 7. Seinfeld getsthe dynamic of the characters like friends did both having perfect chemistry between all of their leads and got through one season less than friends but not relying as heavily on the jokes to hold up because they were sex related as friends did. They fixed it perfectly so all the material was perfectly balanced. As long as you are watching Seinfeld T.V. still exsists so the season four pilot arc works and still using sex to make some of the best episodes of anything (The Contest is, if not already the winner, is definitely very close to the title) awesome show and undeniably better than friends even though both are ...more

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.

The Classic. This Sitcom raised the bar that not have reached yet. These people aren't held back by morals and standards and it's HILARIOUS! The unbeaten champion in the very end.

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. ...read more.

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.

Lord I hate this show so much, not I only see it on T.V., I see it on online all the time, its always Friends this Friends that. I hate the show on passion, they act like this show is so special when its not, Three's Company is a special show in it always will be, Three's Company deserve to be on the spot instead of this crap.

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.

True! And it's hard to watch just 1 episode. You will always be wanting to watch one more.

3 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 ...read more.

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.

4 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 2020, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer ...read more.

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.

There's a reason why it will have 25 seasons and over 550 episodes, because it's the best comedy show ever. No other show can compete with the amount of talent this show brings to ever episode.

5 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 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
4 Friends
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 sheltered lives of four friends, who combined know more than you could ever hope to learn in a 100 lifetimes... Assuming you had an additional 99 lifetimes, which you don't, rendering this conversation pointless. Bazinga!

6 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.

If you don't like it then you are a baby and have a shallow sense of humour.
No need for bullying. People like and dislike different things.
American comedies are usually stupid.

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 rules... Friends sucks and how I met your mother wouldn't have crack'd the top 100 if it wasn't a primetime show that was airing right now, How I Met Your Mother will be forgotten in a couple years but south park will live forever as the pinnacle of television satire!

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.

7 The Office (U.S.) The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013.

Put it higher than the Big Bang Theory and Family Guy please. And, sorry Simpsons, which should be higher than Family Guy, but the Office is funnier. Maybe not better, but funnier.

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.

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

8 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 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!

LOOOVVEEE
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.

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!

9 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. ...read more.

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.

10 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.

Great actors and amazing episode morals. Can't get a more complete show with each and every episode ending with a feel good factor.

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

A very decent and amazing comedy series that anyone, all age people could watch. They are like a real family!

It's an teen and adult show not meant for all ages, but teens and adults, it has sexual content and some bad words.

Modern Family, Fresh off the Boat and Playing house are the best but modern family is number #1

The Contenders

11 Monty Python's Flying Circus

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.

12 Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol.

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.

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

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.

Saturday Night Live changed over the years drastically. Sadly, it's ruined.

13 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.

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.

14 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.

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.

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.

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!

15 American Dad American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

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.

Stan smith is legendary

Fun fact: Hailey and Numbah 362 of KND have the same voice actress. (For those who don’t know)

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

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!

17 The Three Stooges

I cannot believe my eyes, the generation actually knows about good shows!?!?!

Hideously unfunny show

Deserves to be in 1

just the best for everything the sound effects are also great

18 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. ...read more.

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!

This is the best show I have ever seen. I and all my friends love the show. After watching it again and again, I now feel that I belong to Raymond's family.. I just love Raymond, Deb, Robert, marrie, frank n kids..

Captures perfectly the humor to be found in the everyday irritations of real families. Amazingly just as relevant now, as when it was made.

Have every episode on DVD. (Almost if I don't stop breaking them.) Really good comedy for everybody of all ages.

19 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.

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!

No it's not good, there are laugh tracks on almost every part & that just ruins the entertainment.

Full House is so cheesy, but it's good for young families.

I love this Jodie sweetin (Stephanie Tanner) when she was little so cute

20 Archer

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.

How in the name of Kenny Loggins is Archer all the way back here? Funniest/smartest animated show in a long, long, LONG time! I emplore anybody who hasnt seen it, to do so now! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

41? This show is hilarious, a perfect balance between mature and immature.

It should be up there is an awesome T.V. show

21 The Golden Girls The Golden Girls is an American sitcom created by Susan Harris that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning seven seasons.

This show should be number 1, not Friends

I really like it!

Thank you for being a friend -@_.joemelvin

Was a good show

22 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 ...read more.

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 the funniest show in history. Martin is next. Every episode was funny and the skits were so relatable.

By far my all time favorite comedy show! I pretty much watch it whenever it's on... I just love it.

23 The Inbetweeners

Why so low? You have flipping SOUTH PARK above this amazing show! It's brilliant, everyone of all ages (even though they may not admit it) loves the sarcastic and vulgar humour. It's one of the few shows I can watch every episode over and over again and it only seems to get more funny every time! Such a great show (the UK version obviously) :D

Like shameless the Yank version is bastardised version which should be destroyed, deleted beyond recovery from youtude, Amazon, Google, etc and the living swarn to secrecy.

However the origin is the dogs b

I hope you guys are talking about the UK version, because it is absolutely amazing.

Greatest T.V. Show of all time. Didn't expect it to be this high but I'm happy

24 Malcolm in the Middle Malcolm in the Middle is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company . The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, 2006, after seven seasons and 151 episodes . The series received critical acclaim and won a Peabody ...read more.

I have never laughed out loud so much as when I watch Malcolm in the Middle! The dialogue is so fast and witty that I have to keep rewinding it to hear the jokes I missed due to my laughter drowning the next scene out. Every line is written to perfection and delivered the same way. There are almost TOO MANY funny lines in most episodes that it seems like a waste to not spread them out over many more seasons. They take every possible situation to the extreme of both poles and deliver a perfect sarcastic, satirical experience.

It is the best show ever. There is no age restriction for shows like these. Wish they extended the show.
I have never met such a hilarious yet realistic plot with lines that guarantee instant laugh out loud from the viewers. It deserves to be on the top of this list.

So funny and clever! I can't believe that this is not rated higher! And the best about it: it works perfectly without these super-annoying audience laughter sounds.

Its not popular anymore but this show is what comedy shows should be.
Many think that it's for kids but its totally ment for grown-ups.

25 Beavis and Butt-head Beavis and Butt-Head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from Frog Baseball, a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television.

What is wrong with people! This is top ten for sure!

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