The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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List Criteria: Vote up the most hilarious sitcoms, sketch shows, or other programs in television history

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. Vote for your favorite TV show and make sure to add any 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 comedy shows 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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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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    Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

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    Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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