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List Rules 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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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Munsters Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Jetsons George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams