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
    + 8,165
    - 4,235

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

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  2. 2
    + 9,280
    - 5,856


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 5,002
    - 3,424


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,125
    - 2,648


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,155
    - 4,058


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,639
    - 2,534


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,844
    - 3,098


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,246
    - 2,807


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,324
    - 2,222


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,491
    - 2,706


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  11. 11
    + 3,285
    - 2,680


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 5,027
    - 3,229


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  13. 13
    + 3,369
    - 2,402


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 2,739
    - 2,206


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  15. 15
    + 3,658
    - 2,341


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  16. 16
    + 3,408
    - 2,291


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
    + 3,473
    - 2,371


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
    + 3,129
    - 2,887

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,657
    - 2,492


    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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  20. 20
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    - 1,826

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

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  21. 21
    + 3,001
    - 2,800

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,568
    - 1,587

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

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  23. 23
    + 1,964
    - 1,749

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

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  24. 24
    + 2,480
    - 1,699

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

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  25. 25
    + 2,562
    - 2,345


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,093
    - 1,448


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,185
    - 1,956


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
    + 1,937
    - 1,769


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
    + 1,851
    - 2,106

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,885
    - 1,443


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,830
    - 1,520


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  32. 32
    + 1,698
    - 1,208


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  33. 33
    + 1,670
    - 1,348


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,663
    - 1,526


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 2,396
    - 2,361


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  36. 36
    + 1,444
    - 1,566


    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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  37. 37
    + 1,806
    - 1,302

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

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  38. 38
    + 1,526
    - 1,397

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

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  39. 39
    + 1,693
    - 1,382


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  40. 40
    + 1,497
    - 1,411

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,758
    - 906

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,795
    - 1,335


    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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  43. 43
    + 1,731
    - 1,248


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  44. 44
    + 1,092
    - 1,102

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,975
    - 1,901

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

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  46. 46
    + 1,564
    - 1,197


    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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  47. 47
    + 1,285
    - 955


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  48. 48
    + 1,318
    - 1,014

    ranked low on reranks
    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  49. 49
    + 1,052
    - 1,100

    often listed
    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  50. 50
    + 1,350
    - 1,248


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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