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The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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

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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    most listed Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    added by Olivia Peterman Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    ranked low on reranks Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    added by JoeyJoeJoeJr Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Clint Howard

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    added by JoeyJoeJoeJr Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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    added by JoeyJoeJoeJr Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus

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    ranked low on reranks Mel Blanc, Harvey Korman, Don Messick

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roseanne Barr

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    Robin Thicke, Fred Savage, Danica McKellar

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    ranked low on reranks Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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    added by Olivia Peterman Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Lynde

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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    Jim Cummings, Ken Weatherwax, Anjelica Huston

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    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall

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    added by RandyWilliams Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Fred Rogers For year's Fred Rogers came into the homes of millions of children to teach them simple but ...

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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jaleel White, Michelle Thomas, Reginald VelJohnson

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    ranked low on reranks Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    Max Baer, Kathleen Freeman, Buddy Ebsen

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    Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis

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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard

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    Peter Cullen, B. J. Ward, Scott Menville

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    Mel Blanc, Phil Hartman, Frank Welker

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Dana Plato

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    Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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    Fred MacMurray, William Demarest, Beverly Garland

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