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
    I Love Lucy

    1951 More
    97
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    1984 More
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    1972 More
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    1971 More
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    Seinfeld

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    81
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    1975 More
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    added by: Olivia Peterman
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    1985 More
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    Happy Days

    1974 More
    79
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    1960 More
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    added by: JoeyJoeJoeJr
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    1994 More
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    1982 More
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    1989 More
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    1969 More
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    1972 More
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    1957 More
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    The Flintstones

    1960 More
    69
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    1988 More
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    The Big Bang Theory

    2007 More
    62
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    1964 More
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    1961 More
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    1955 More
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    1990 More
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    Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

    1968-2001 More
    56
    added by: RandyWilliams
    For year's Fred Rogers came into the homes of millions of children to teach them simple but ... more
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    1978 More
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    Everybody Loves Raymond

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    Family Matters

    1989 More
    54
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    Home Improvement

    1991 More
    54
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    1962 More
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    1930 More
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    2009 More
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