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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    - 4,100

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

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  2. 2
    + 9,018
    - 5,681


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 4,894
    - 3,338


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,031
    - 2,582


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,032
    - 3,930


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,551
    - 2,474


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,750
    - 3,018


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,183
    - 2,723


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,251
    - 2,163


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,381
    - 2,634


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  11. 11
    + 3,209
    - 2,603


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 4,889
    - 3,153


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  13. 13
    + 3,298
    - 2,338


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 2,682
    - 2,149


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  15. 15
    + 3,573
    - 2,284


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  16. 16
    + 3,324
    - 2,242


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
    + 3,386
    - 2,315


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
    + 3,046
    - 2,818

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,599
    - 2,428

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

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  20. 20
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    - 1,769

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

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  21. 21
    + 2,919
    - 2,756

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,521
    - 1,540

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

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  23. 23
    + 2,431
    - 1,647

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

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  24. 24
    + 1,928
    - 1,701


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  25. 25
    + 2,524
    - 2,286


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
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    - 1,413


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,130
    - 1,911


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
    + 1,893
    - 1,726


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
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    - 2,055

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,845
    - 1,408


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,669
    - 1,173

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

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  32. 32
    + 1,791
    - 1,488


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  33. 33
    + 1,634
    - 1,316


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,628
    - 1,494


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 1,771
    - 1,272


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 2,350
    - 2,307


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  37. 37
    + 1,664
    - 1,349


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  38. 38
    + 1,409
    - 1,529

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

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  39. 39
    + 1,497
    - 1,371

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,717
    - 885

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,468
    - 1,377

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,759
    - 1,314

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,698
    - 1,229

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

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  44. 44
    + 1,060
    - 1,074

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,927
    - 1,871

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

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  46. 46
    + 1,532
    - 1,171


    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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  47. 47
    + 1,285
    - 992


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  48. 48
    + 1,242
    - 927

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

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  49. 49
    + 1,012
    - 1,061

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

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  50. 50
    + 1,322
    - 1,223


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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