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The funniest TV shows ever range from some of the best TV shows of recent memory to some of the best TV shows of all time. These hilarious television shows and series are the ones that make you accidentally snort your soda up your nose, spill your TV dinner, and fall off your chair from laughing. Some of these funny TV shows are so good, they'll make you want to punch a baby. Yes, punch a baby. That. Good. 

From the timeless antics of I Love Lucy's Ethel and Lucy to the foul-mouthed hi-jinks of the kids from South Park to the moral depravity of the Bluth family on Arrested Development, these funny television series make the living room (or bedroom, plane, car, office, whatever..it's the digital age, we get it) a funnier place to be. Many of these amusing TV shows are still on the air (The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory), others have gone to TV heaven (Cheers, 30 Rock), and more still have been resurrected from the digital grave (Family Guy, Futurama). 

What are the funniest series on TV?  What is the funniest TV show ever? This list of the funniest TV shows ever looks to crown one TV show the funniest television show ever. It doesn't matter if the show is old or new - these are the top TV comedies of all time. Vote for your favorite TV show and make sure to add any popular funny TV shows that might be missing from the funniest television series list. Note that they aren't necessarily all comedy tv shows - a show can be funny and not necessarily a "comedy" per se. But let's face it - most of the funniest tv shows are also the best comedies of all time.

Check out the best streaming Netflix TV shows if you want to know if some of these hilarious series are available for streaming there.

 

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
That's 70's Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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+ - 1,045 1,076
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

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The Three Stooges is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Three Stooges Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod