The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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List Criteria: Situational Comedies only. (No Dramas, Procedurals etc.)

Best sitcoms ever to air on television includes some of the greatest sitcoms of all time as ranked by fans of TV. What's the best sitcom of all time? This list includes the best and most funny all-time sitcoms and funny TV shows. Anyone can vote on this list of funny sitcoms, making it a definitive representation of the Ranker community's sit-com tastes. Many people think that Friends is the best sitcome ever, while others would nominate Seinfeld or Family Matters. You can  add your own ranking of shows to nominate your favorites.

A sitcom (or situational comedy) is loosely defined as "a humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life". What are the greatest sitcoms ever? You can decide for yourself what fits that term and rank as you see fit, adding what you see missing!
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  1. 1
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    - 3,860

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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  2. 2
    + 8,501
    - 4,954


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 3,866
    - 2,445


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  4. 4
    + 4,683
    - 3,169


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  5. 5
    + 5,760
    - 3,711


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,400
    - 2,347


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,574
    - 2,885


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,034
    - 2,579


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,092
    - 2,060


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 4,615
    - 3,009


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  11. 11
    + 3,059
    - 2,470


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 3,171
    - 2,510


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  13. 13
    + 3,156
    - 2,224


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 3,416
    - 2,182

    ranked low on reranks
    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  15. 15
    + 2,571
    - 2,056

    often listed
    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
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    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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  19. 19
    + 2,510
    - 1,687


    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  20. 20
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    - 2,319

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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  21. 21
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    - 1,575

    ranked low on reranks
    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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  22. 22
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    - 2,643


    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  23. 23
    + 1,854
    - 1,611


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    - 1,479

    ranked low on reranks
    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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  25. 25
    + 2,444
    - 2,183


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,061
    - 1,820


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  27. 27
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    - 1,356


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  28. 28
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    - 1,641

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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  30. 30
    + 1,757
    - 1,344


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
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    - 1,115


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  32. 32
    + 1,720
    - 1,423


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  33. 33
    + 1,571
    - 1,244


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,568
    - 1,422


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 1,690
    - 1,209


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 1,590
    - 1,287


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  37. 37
    + 1,440
    - 1,304


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  38. 38
    + 2,254
    - 2,220


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  39. 39
    + 1,354
    - 1,447

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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  40. 40
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    - 835

    ranked low on reranks & added by JordanAnderson
    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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  41. 41
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    - 1,255

    ranked low on reranks
    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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  42. 42
    + 1,409
    - 1,318

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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  43. 43
    + 1,630
    - 1,180

    ranked low on reranks
    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  44. 44
    + 993
    - 1,007

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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  45. 45
    + 1,226
    - 944


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  46. 46
    + 1,456
    - 1,119

    ranked low on reranks
    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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  47. 47
    + 1,870
    - 1,795


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  48. 48
    + 1,265
    - 1,169


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  49. 49
    + 1,160
    - 867


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,255
    - 1,141


    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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