The Most Important TV Sitcoms TV Programs
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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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    the people's #1 Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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

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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    added by JoeyJoeJoeJr Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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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 Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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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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    Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

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

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus

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

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    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

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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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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Max Baer, Kathleen Freeman, Buddy Ebsen

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    Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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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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    Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis

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    ranked low on reranks Peter Cullen, B. J. Ward, Scott Menville

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    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard

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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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    Mel Blanc, Phil Hartman, Frank Welker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    ranked low on reranks Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Mila Kunis, Lacey Chabert, Seth MacFarlane

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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