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
    96
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    1984 More
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    1972 More
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    1971 More
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    Seinfeld

    1989 More
    79
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    Cheers

    1982 More
    77
    added by: JoeyJoeJoeJr
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    1985 More
    76
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    1960 More
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    1975 More
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    Happy Days

    1974 More
    73
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    1972 More
    73
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    1994 More
    70
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    1989 More
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    Roseanne

    1988 More
    69
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    1969 More
    69
    added by: JoeyJoeJoeJr
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    1957 More
    68
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    The Flintstones

    1960 More
    64
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    1988 More
    63
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    62
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    1955 More
    60
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    1982 More
    57
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    1961 More
    56
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    1990 More
    56
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    The Big Bang Theory

    2007 More
    56
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    1978 More
    55
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    1970 More
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    1991 More
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    1998 More
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    1962 More
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    Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

    1968-2001 More
    50
    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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    Everybody Loves Raymond

    1996 More
    50
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    1987 More
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    1977 More
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    1989 More
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    Married... with Children

    1987 More
    49
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    1930 More
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    Freaks and Geeks

    1999 More
    47
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    1999 More
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    1972 More
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