The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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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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  1. 1
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    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

  2. 2
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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

  3. 3
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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

  4. 4
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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

  5. 5
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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    The Big Bang Theory Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    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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    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

  8. 8
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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

  9. 9
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    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

  10. 10
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    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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    The Office is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

  12. 12
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    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

  13. 13
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    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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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

    ranked low on reranks
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

  18. 18
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    South Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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    Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

    ranked low on reranks
    The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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    Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

  25. 25
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    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

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    The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    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

  28. 28
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    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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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    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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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

    ranked low on reranks
    Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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    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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    the dick van dyke show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    the dick van dyke show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

  34. 34
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    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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    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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    The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 38 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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    My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 42 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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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

    ranked low on reranks
    The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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    Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    the beverly hillbilies 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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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

    ranked low on reranks
    Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History


    Get Smart Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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    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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    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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

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