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The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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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.

List Criteria: "Sitcom" refers to situation comedy: a genre that shows characters sharing the same common environment, like a home or workplace

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    I Love Lucy

    1951 More
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    1972 More
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    1984 More
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    All in the Family

    1971 More
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    Seinfeld

    1989 More
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    1989 More
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    1982 More
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    The Andy Griffith Show

    1960 More
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    1994 More
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    Roseanne

    1988 More
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    1957 More
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    The Jeffersons

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    Sanford and Son

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    Happy Days

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    1985 More
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    The Brady Bunch

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    Gilligan's Island

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    The Flintstones

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    Bewitched

    1964 More
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    1955 More
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    1988 More
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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    1990 More
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    1961 More
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    1978 More
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    Family Matters

    1989 More
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    The Odd Couple

    1970 More
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    1996 More
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    Lost

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    The A-Team

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    The Addams Family

    1964-09-18 More
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    The Big Bang Theory

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    1962 More
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    1964 More
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    1976 More
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    1982 More
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    1991 More
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    Freaks and Geeks

    1999 More
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    1987 More
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    Arrested Development

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    1930 More
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    1999 More
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    Maude

    1972 More
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    Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

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    For year's Fred Rogers came into the homes of millions of children to teach them simple but ... more
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    1977 More
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