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
    + 6,763
    - 3,685

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

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  2. 2
    + 8,095
    - 4,645


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 3,829
    - 2,405


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  4. 4
    + 4,637
    - 3,126


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  5. 5
    + 5,676
    - 3,661


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,363
    - 2,317


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,536
    - 2,849


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 2,993
    - 2,543

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,067
    - 2,027


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 4,536
    - 2,966


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  11. 11
    + 3,020
    - 2,430


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 3,122
    - 2,192


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  13. 13
    + 3,118
    - 2,484


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  14. 14
    + 3,379
    - 2,152

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

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  15. 15
    + 2,546
    - 2,030


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
    + 3,159
    - 2,134


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
    + 3,177
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    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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  19. 19
    + 2,489
    - 1,664


    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  20. 20
    + 2,472
    - 2,297

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

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  21. 21
    + 2,786
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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  22. 22
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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  23. 23
    + 1,840
    - 1,591

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

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  24. 24
    + 2,379
    - 1,465

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

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  25. 25
    + 2,429
    - 2,164


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,040
    - 1,799


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  27. 27
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    - 1,345


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  28. 28
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
    + 1,726
    - 1,939

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,744
    - 1,326


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,704
    - 1,407


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  32. 32
    + 1,564
    - 1,102

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

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  33. 33
    + 1,556
    - 1,405


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  34. 34
    + 1,550
    - 1,233


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  35. 35
    + 1,673
    - 1,198


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 1,574
    - 1,277


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  37. 37
    + 1,427
    - 1,294


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  38. 38
    + 2,231
    - 2,199


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  39. 39
    + 1,611
    - 823

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,338
    - 1,431

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,684
    - 1,244

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,397
    - 1,307

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,620
    - 1,167

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

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  44. 44
    + 983
    - 993

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,216
    - 935


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  46. 46
    + 1,442
    - 1,112

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

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  47. 47
    + 1,851
    - 1,783


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  48. 48
    + 1,256
    - 1,159


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  49. 49
    + 1,147
    - 853


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,243
    - 1,133


    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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