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

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  2. 2
    + 9,278
    - 5,854


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 5,001
    - 3,422


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,122
    - 2,647


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,154
    - 4,056


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,638
    - 2,532


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,840
    - 3,097


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,244
    - 2,806


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,323
    - 2,221


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,488
    - 2,705


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  11. 11
    + 3,284
    - 2,678


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 5,025
    - 3,228


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  13. 13
    + 3,367
    - 2,401


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 2,739
    - 2,204


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  15. 15
    + 3,657
    - 2,340


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  16. 16
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    - 2,291


    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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    - 2,885

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,657
    - 2,491


    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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  20. 20
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    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  21. 21
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    - 2,799

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  22. 22
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    - 1,587

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

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  23. 23
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    - 1,749

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

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  24. 24
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    - 1,698

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

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  25. 25
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    - 2,344


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,093
    - 1,447


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,183
    - 1,955


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
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    - 1,766


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
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    - 2,105

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,885
    - 1,442


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,830
    - 1,519


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  32. 32
    + 1,698
    - 1,207


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  33. 33
    + 1,669
    - 1,347


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,662
    - 1,526


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 2,395
    - 2,360


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  36. 36
    + 1,444
    - 1,565


    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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  37. 37
    + 1,806
    - 1,301

    ranked low on reranks
    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  38. 38
    + 1,526
    - 1,396

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  39. 39
    + 1,693
    - 1,381


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  40. 40
    + 1,497
    - 1,411

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

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  41. 41
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    - 906

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,794
    - 1,335


    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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  43. 43
    + 1,731
    - 1,248


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  44. 44
    + 1,090
    - 1,102

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,974
    - 1,901

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  46. 46
    + 1,563
    - 1,197


    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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  47. 47
    + 1,284
    - 955


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  48. 48
    + 1,317
    - 1,014


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  49. 49
    + 1,051
    - 1,099


    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  50. 50
    + 1,349
    - 1,248


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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