The Most Important TV Sitcoms TV Programs

The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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List Criteria: Only actual sitcoms. A situation comedy is a genre that shows characters sharing the same common environment, like a home or workplace, and a comedic narrative.

These sitcoms are important because they either influenced a generation's culture or because they permanently influenced the art of television. These sitcoms are important because they either influenced a generation's culture or because they permanently influenced the art of television. What makes a sitcom particularly important? Because over the decades, the shows listed here are groundbreaking comedy programs.

From the early days of the American sitcom ('I Love Lucy,' 'Leave it To Beaver') to the genius animation of 'The Simpsons,' each monumental comedy TV show listed here is important in the annals of television history. Many are also considered among the greatest sitcoms in television history, not surprisingly.

No list of the most important TV sitcoms would be complete without some of the domestic comedies of the 1940s and 1950s, including 'The Honeymooners' and, later, 'I Love Lucy.' In the 60s, sitcom families expanded to include extended and blended families ('The Brady Bunch') and then, in the 1970s, things really got interested, with 'All in the Family.' Enter the totally dysfunctional family!

Sitcoms were everywhere in the 1980s, with such influential programs as 'The Cosby Show,' 'Cheers' and, beginning in 1989, 'Seinfeld.' Which sitcom do you think is the most influential of all time? Cast your votes and certainly add any TV comedy shows that are missing.


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    Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz

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    Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty

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    Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson

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    Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman

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    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Goodman

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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    Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Alan Hale

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    Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman

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    Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, John Stamos

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    Elizabeth Montgomery, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter

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    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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    Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares

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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Max Baer, Donna Douglas, Buddy Ebsen

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    Emma Stone, Hayden Panettiere, Bryan Cranston

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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    Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Kathy Najimy

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    Bruce Lee, Yvonne Craig, Adam West

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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, Jason Lee

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    Jaleel White, Michelle Thomas, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Yvonne De Carlo, Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

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    Phil Hartman, Mel Blanc, Frank Welker

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Barton MacLane

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    Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Dana Plato

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    Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Adrienne Barbeau

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