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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    - 3,873

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

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  2. 2
    + 8,524
    - 4,996


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 3,873
    - 2,452


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  4. 4
    + 4,691
    - 3,178


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  5. 5
    + 5,771
    - 3,721


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
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    - 2,888

    often listed
    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  7. 7
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    - 2,355


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  8. 8
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    - 2,584

    often listed
    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
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    - 2,065


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 4,628
    - 3,016


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  11. 11
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    - 2,473


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 3,176
    - 2,515


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  13. 13
    + 3,159
    - 2,230


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
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    - 2,185

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

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  15. 15
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    - 2,059


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
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    - 2,159


    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
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    - 1,690


    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  20. 20
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    - 2,323

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

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  21. 21
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    - 2,646


    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  22. 22
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    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  24. 24
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    - 1,482

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

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    + 2,447
    - 2,186


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    - 1,823


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  27. 27
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    - 1,359


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    - 1,644

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

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  29. 29
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    - 1,964

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

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  30. 30
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    - 1,346


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,584
    - 1,117


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  32. 32
    + 1,722
    - 1,425


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  33. 33
    + 1,571
    - 1,248


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,568
    - 1,426


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    + 1,691
    - 1,212


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 1,593
    - 1,289


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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    + 1,441
    - 1,307


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  38. 38
    + 1,357
    - 1,449


    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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  39. 39
    + 2,255
    - 2,224

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  40. 40
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    - 837

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,696
    - 1,257

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,411
    - 1,320

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,632
    - 1,181

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

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  44. 44
    + 994
    - 1,010

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

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  45. 45
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    - 944


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  46. 46
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    - 1,120

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

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  47. 47
    + 1,871
    - 1,798


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  48. 48
    + 1,265
    - 1,172


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  49. 49
    + 1,163
    - 869


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,256
    - 1,143


    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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