The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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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. 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. 

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  1. 1
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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    most listed
    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

  3. 3
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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

  4. 4
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    That's 70's Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    added by RudyJakubPrzybyło
    That's 70's Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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    Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

  6. 6
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    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

  7. 7
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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

  8. 8
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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    the people's #1 & often listed
    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

  10. 10
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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    The Big Bang Theory Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    The Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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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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    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 16 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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    The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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    Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 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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    My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    added by bojanthebest
    The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 29 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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    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 31 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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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 38 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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    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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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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    Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    added by wiabux
    Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

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    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    The Three Stooges is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time


    The Three Stooges Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    Archer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

  46. 46
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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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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    often listed & added by Countermoon
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

  48. 48
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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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    Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    added by minna05
    Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

    added by AvalonBrownProvin
    Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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