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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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. 125
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    ranked low on reranks Jim Nabors, Allan Melvin, Ted Bessell

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  2. 149
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Felicity Huffman, Josh Charles, Robert Guillaume

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  3. 111
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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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  4. 63
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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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  5. 67
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    Bob Crane, Richard Dawson, Werner Klemperer

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  6. 14
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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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  7. 77
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    added by HenryMorgan Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, Ted Levine

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  8. 84
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    Brittany Murphy, Kristanna Loken, Danielle Fishel

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  9. 60
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    Bob Newhart, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy

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  10. 80
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    Craig T. Nelson, Shelley Fabares, Bill Fagerbakke

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  11. 165
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    added by JordanAnderson Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment

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  12. 158
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    added by LiliaLoewenberg Erin Gray, Ricky Schroder, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  13. 153
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    added by LiliaLoewenberg Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, Sinbad

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  14. 16
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    Heather Graham, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke

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  15. 82
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    Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Michael J. Fox

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  16. 5
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    Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

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  17. 83
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    Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro

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  18. 98
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    ranked low on reranks Bruce Lee, Adam West, Yvonne Craig

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  19. 78
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    Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

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  20. 104
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    ranked low on reranks Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones

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  21. 42
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

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  22. 126
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kristen Schaal, Jemaine Clement, Eugene Mirman

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  23. 163
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    Audrey Meadows, Pat Carroll, Ted Knight

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  24. 45
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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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  25. 71
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    Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Christa Miller

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  26. 144
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    added by Tiger8989 Sandra Bullock, George Lopez, Constance Marie George Lopez is an American sitcom starring comedian George Lopez. The show originally aired ...

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  27. 40
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    Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie

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  28. 9
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    Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris

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  29. 41
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    Jim Cummings, Ken Weatherwax, Anjelica Huston

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  30. 51
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    Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis

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  31. 132
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    Tom Hanks, Donna Dixon, Holland Taylor

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  32. 99
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    Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Susan Sullivan

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  33. 150
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    Alan Cumming, Arthur Holden, Justin Bradley

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  34. 11
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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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  35. 105
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    added by JordanAnderson Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Caroline Rhea

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  36. 56
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    Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

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  37. 161
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    added by datrlykewlfreekinguymandood Miranda Cosgrove, Drake Bell, Josh Peck

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  38. 143
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    added by JordanAnderson Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth, Simon Rex

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  39. 85
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    Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind

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  40. 118
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    added by whodat9587 Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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  41. 1
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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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  42. 52
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    Kevin James, Patton Oswalt, Leah Remini

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  43. 22
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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

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  44. 151
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    added by looksharp Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Elliott, Elinor Donahue

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  45. 8
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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  46. 73
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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

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  47. 145
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    Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, James Hampton

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  48. 89
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    Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield

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  49. 134
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    Fred Berry, Haywood Nelson, Shirley Hemphill

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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