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
    + 8,280
    - 4,331

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

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  2. 2
    + 9,460
    - 5,948


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  3. 3
    + 5,094
    - 3,482


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  4. 4
    + 4,193
    - 2,713


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  5. 5
    + 6,258
    - 4,157


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  6. 6
    + 3,692
    - 2,594


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  7. 7
    + 3,911
    - 3,165


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  8. 8
    + 3,304
    - 2,877

    often listed
    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  9. 9
    + 3,379
    - 2,271


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  10. 10
    + 3,584
    - 2,764


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  11. 11
    + 5,124
    - 3,298


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  12. 12
    + 3,425
    - 2,459


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  13. 13
    + 2,796
    - 2,248


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  14. 14
    + 3,335
    - 2,742


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  15. 15
    + 3,715
    - 2,391


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  16. 16
    + 3,476
    - 2,332


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  17. 17
    + 3,540
    - 2,412


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  18. 18
    + 3,191
    - 2,930

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

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  19. 19
    + 2,706
    - 2,542

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

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  20. 20
    + 3,058
    - 2,846

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

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  21. 21
    + 2,730
    - 1,880

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

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  22. 22
    + 2,603
    - 1,628

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

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  23. 23
    + 2,531
    - 1,735

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

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  24. 24
    + 1,995
    - 1,789


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    + 2,595
    - 2,402


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  26. 26
    + 2,140
    - 1,478


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  27. 27
    + 2,221
    - 1,995


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  28. 28
    + 1,968
    - 1,809


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  29. 29
    + 1,878
    - 2,151

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

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  30. 30
    + 1,920
    - 1,471


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  31. 31
    + 1,702
    - 1,375


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  32. 32
    + 1,858
    - 1,557


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  33. 33
    + 1,734
    - 1,234


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  34. 34
    + 1,841
    - 1,329


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  35. 35
    + 1,689
    - 1,557


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  36. 36
    + 2,441
    - 2,406


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  37. 37
    + 1,555
    - 1,428


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  38. 38
    + 1,710
    - 1,415


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  39. 39
    + 1,465
    - 1,600

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,517
    - 1,441

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

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  41. 41
    + 1,791
    - 930

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

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  42. 42
    + 1,819
    - 1,364

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,119
    - 1,129

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

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  44. 44
    + 1,752
    - 1,274


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  45. 45
    + 1,340
    - 1,038


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  46. 46
    + 2,008
    - 1,930


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  47. 47
    + 1,582
    - 1,223

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

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  48. 48
    + 1,094
    - 1,134


    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  49. 49
    + 1,322
    - 975


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  50. 50
    + 1,363
    - 1,277

    often listed
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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