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

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  2. 2
    + 8,516
    - 4,976


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 3,869
    - 2,449


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  4. 4
    + 4,688
    - 3,174


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  5. 5
    + 5,768
    - 3,714


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,402
    - 2,351


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,576
    - 2,886


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,038
    - 2,580


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,092
    - 2,064


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 4,620
    - 3,013


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  11. 11
    + 3,064
    - 2,472


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  12. 12
    + 3,173
    - 2,513


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  13. 13
    + 3,157
    - 2,228


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  14. 14
    + 3,420
    - 2,183

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    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  15. 15
    + 2,571
    - 2,058


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  16. 16
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    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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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  19. 19
    + 2,511
    - 1,689


    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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  20. 20
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    - 2,322

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

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  21. 21
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    - 2,645


    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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  22. 22
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    - 1,578

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

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  23. 23
    + 1,855
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  24. 24
    + 2,403
    - 1,481

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

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    + 2,447
    - 2,184


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
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    - 1,822


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  27. 27
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    - 1,358


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  28. 28
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    - 1,643


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
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    - 1,963

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,758
    - 1,346


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,721
    - 1,424


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  32. 32
    + 1,582
    - 1,117


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  33. 33
    + 1,571
    - 1,246


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  34. 34
    + 1,568
    - 1,424


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  35. 35
    + 1,690
    - 1,211


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  36. 36
    + 1,592
    - 1,288


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  37. 37
    + 1,440
    - 1,306


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  38. 38
    + 1,356
    - 1,447


    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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  39. 39
    + 2,254
    - 2,222

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  40. 40
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    - 837

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

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  41. 41
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    - 1,256

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,409
    - 1,319

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,630
    - 1,181

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

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  44. 44
    + 993
    - 1,008

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,228
    - 944


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  46. 46
    + 1,458
    - 1,120

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

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  47. 47
    + 1,870
    - 1,796


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  48. 48
    + 1,265
    - 1,170


    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  49. 49
    + 1,162
    - 867


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,255
    - 1,142


    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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