The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History TV Programs

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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    - 3,851

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

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  2. 2
    + 8,485
    - 4,944


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 3,864
    - 2,439


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  4. 4
    + 4,680
    - 3,162


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  5. 5
    + 5,754
    - 3,705


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,397
    - 2,343


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,571
    - 2,880


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,029
    - 2,574


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,090
    - 2,056


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 4,608
    - 3,004


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  11. 11
    + 3,054
    - 2,466


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 3,168
    - 2,504


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  13. 13
    + 3,153
    - 2,220


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 3,409
    - 2,180

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

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  15. 15
    + 2,569
    - 2,053


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
    + 3,185
    - 2,154


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
    + 3,222
    - 2,201


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
    + 2,939
    - 2,693

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,508
    - 1,685


    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  20. 20
    + 2,499
    - 2,317

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

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  21. 21
    + 2,306
    - 1,573

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,810
    - 2,639


    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  23. 23
    + 1,854
    - 1,608


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  24. 24
    + 2,399
    - 1,478

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

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  25. 25
    + 2,441
    - 2,183


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,060
    - 1,817


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  27. 27
    + 1,938
    - 1,354


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  28. 28
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    - 1,640

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

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  29. 29
    + 1,743
    - 1,956

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,755
    - 1,343


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,581
    - 1,113


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  32. 32
    + 1,718
    - 1,421


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  33. 33
    + 1,570
    - 1,242


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,567
    - 1,420


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 1,689
    - 1,207


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 1,439
    - 1,302


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  37. 37
    + 1,587
    - 1,287


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  38. 38
    + 2,253
    - 2,218

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

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  39. 39
    + 1,351
    - 1,446

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,623
    - 833

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,691
    - 1,255

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,409
    - 1,316

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,628
    - 1,178

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

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  44. 44
    + 991
    - 1,004

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,225
    - 942


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  46. 46
    + 1,453
    - 1,118

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

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  47. 47
    + 1,869
    - 1,792


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  48. 48
    + 1,264
    - 1,167


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  49. 49
    + 1,158
    - 865


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,254
    - 1,139


    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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