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
    + 8,176
    - 4,239

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

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  2. 2
    + 9,292
    - 5,864


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 5,010
    - 3,426


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,127
    - 2,656


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,164
    - 4,066


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,642
    - 2,541


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,853
    - 3,100


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,251
    - 2,811


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,328
    - 2,226


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,496
    - 2,709


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  11. 11
    + 5,035
    - 3,236


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  12. 12
    + 3,288
    - 2,683

    often listed
    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  13. 13
    + 3,374
    - 2,407


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
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    - 2,345

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

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  15. 15
    + 2,745
    - 2,210


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
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    - 2,294


    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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    - 2,889

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,659
    - 2,498


    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    + 2,693
    - 1,834

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

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  21. 21
    + 3,006
    - 2,805

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,569
    - 1,594

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

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  23. 23
    + 1,965
    - 1,757

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

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  24. 24
    + 2,485
    - 1,704

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

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    + 2,566
    - 2,350


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    + 2,097
    - 1,451


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,189
    - 1,958


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
    + 1,938
    - 1,775


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
    + 1,854
    - 2,110

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,886
    - 1,447


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,832
    - 1,524


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  32. 32
    + 1,699
    - 1,212


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  33. 33
    + 1,670
    - 1,353


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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    + 1,665
    - 1,530


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    + 2,399
    - 2,366


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  36. 36
    + 1,446
    - 1,569


    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    + 1,808
    - 1,305

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

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  38. 38
    + 1,527
    - 1,402

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

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  39. 39
    + 1,693
    - 1,387


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  40. 40
    + 1,498
    - 1,415

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

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  41. 41
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    - 909

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,796
    - 1,339


    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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  43. 43
    + 1,733
    - 1,251


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  44. 44
    + 1,092
    - 1,107

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,980
    - 1,903

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

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  46. 46
    + 1,289
    - 957


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  47. 47
    + 1,320
    - 1,018


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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    + 1,565
    - 1,202

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

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  49. 49
    + 1,054
    - 1,105


    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  50. 50
    + 1,351
    - 1,254


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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