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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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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+ - 5,622 3,993
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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+ - 4,609 3,108
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

5
+ - 6,980 4,805
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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+ - 4,050 2,956
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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+ - 4,368 3,618
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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+ - 4,294 3,108
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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+ - 3,642 3,322
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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+ - 3,719 2,576
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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+ - 5,955 3,665
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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+ - 3,704 3,034
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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+ - 3,804 2,743
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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+ - 3,070 2,493
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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+ - 4,109 2,644
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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+ - 3,998 2,683
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

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+ - 3,828 2,540
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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+ - 3,509 3,204
South Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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+ - 3,023 2,786
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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+ - 3,346 3,122
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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+ - 2,813 1,799
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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+ - 2,764 1,919
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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+ - 2,192 1,954
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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+ - 2,751 2,649
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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+ - 2,453 2,181
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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+ - 2,149 1,989
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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+ - 2,067 2,351
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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+ - 2,083 1,608
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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+ - 1,861 1,496
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
the dick van dyke show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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+ - 2,027 1,710
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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+ - 1,892 1,364
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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+ - 1,828 1,673
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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+ - 2,716 2,604
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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+ - 1,671 1,554
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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+ - 2,003 1,455
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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+ - 1,698 1,533
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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+ - 1,855 1,531
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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+ - 1,601 1,763
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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+ - 1,975 1,018
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

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+ - 1,379 1,267
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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+ - 1,966 1,470
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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+ - 1,896 1,376
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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+ - 1,468 1,143
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
the beverly hillbilies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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+ - 1,271 1,259
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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+ - 2,188 2,078
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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+ - 1,742 1,329
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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+ - 1,525 1,096
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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+ - 1,486 1,378
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Get Smart Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt