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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    - 4,096

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

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  2. 2
    + 9,014
    - 5,672


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 4,891
    - 3,337


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,030
    - 2,578


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,029
    - 3,929


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,551
    - 2,471


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,747
    - 3,018


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,181
    - 2,720


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,250
    - 2,161


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,380
    - 2,631


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  11. 11
    + 3,206
    - 2,602


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 4,885
    - 3,151


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  13. 13
    + 3,298
    - 2,335


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 2,682
    - 2,146


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  15. 15
    + 3,570
    - 2,283


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  16. 16
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    - 2,239


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
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    - 2,312


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
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    - 2,816

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,599
    - 2,425

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

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  20. 20
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    - 1,768

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

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  21. 21
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    - 2,756

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,520
    - 1,538

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

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  23. 23
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    - 1,645

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

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  24. 24
    + 1,928
    - 1,698


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    - 2,283


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
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    - 1,410


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,130
    - 1,908


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
    + 1,890
    - 1,725


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
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    - 2,052

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,844
    - 1,406


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
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    - 1,170

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

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  32. 32
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    - 1,485


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  33. 33
    + 1,634
    - 1,313


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,628
    - 1,492


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 1,771
    - 1,269


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 2,346
    - 2,307


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  37. 37
    + 1,664
    - 1,347


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  38. 38
    + 1,497
    - 1,369


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  39. 39
    + 1,408
    - 1,527

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,716
    - 884

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,468
    - 1,375

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,759
    - 1,312

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,697
    - 1,228

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

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  44. 44
    + 1,060
    - 1,072

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,925
    - 1,870

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

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  46. 46
    + 1,532
    - 1,169


    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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  47. 47
    + 1,284
    - 991


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  48. 48
    + 1,239
    - 926

    ranked low on reranks
    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  49. 49
    + 1,011
    - 1,060

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

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  50. 50
    + 1,321
    - 1,222


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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