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
    + 7,877
    - 4,066

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

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  2. 2
    + 8,952
    - 5,582


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 4,879
    - 3,321


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,008
    - 2,571


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,008
    - 3,911


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,534
    - 2,462


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,731
    - 3,005


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,162
    - 2,704


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,229
    - 2,155


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,193
    - 2,586

    often listed
    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  11. 11
    + 3,363
    - 2,618


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  12. 12
    + 4,867
    - 3,134


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  13. 13
    + 3,285
    - 2,320


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 3,556
    - 2,275

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

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  15. 15
    + 2,665
    - 2,138


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
    + 3,311
    - 2,228


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
    + 3,372
    - 2,298


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
    + 3,038
    - 2,802

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,593
    - 2,411

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

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  20. 20
    + 2,615
    - 1,761

    ranked low on reranks
    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  21. 21
    + 2,906
    - 2,743

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,414
    - 1,636

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

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  23. 23
    + 2,501
    - 1,534

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

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  24. 24
    + 1,919
    - 1,689


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  25. 25
    + 2,511
    - 2,273


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,024
    - 1,406


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,122
    - 1,900


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
    + 1,874
    - 1,719


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
    + 1,803
    - 2,042

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,831
    - 1,399


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,786
    - 1,474


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  32. 32
    + 1,657
    - 1,164


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  33. 33
    + 1,622
    - 1,306


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,618
    - 1,483


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 1,760
    - 1,261


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 1,403
    - 1,514

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

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  37. 37
    + 1,650
    - 1,338


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  38. 38
    + 1,487
    - 1,360


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  39. 39
    + 2,336
    - 2,293

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,704
    - 878

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,747
    - 1,305

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,456
    - 1,367


    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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  43. 43
    + 1,688
    - 1,220

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

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  44. 44
    + 1,052
    - 1,062

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,921
    - 1,862

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

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  46. 46
    + 1,276
    - 986


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  47. 47
    + 1,520
    - 1,164

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

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  48. 48
    + 1,005
    - 1,050

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  49. 49
    + 1,229
    - 919


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,317
    - 1,215

    often listed
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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