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. 50
    + 1,363
    - 1,278

    often listed
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  2. 49
    + 1,328
    - 976


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  3. 48
    + 1,583
    - 1,223


    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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  4. 47
    + 1,099
    - 1,134


    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  5. 46
    + 2,012
    - 1,931

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

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  6. 45
    + 1,753
    - 1,275


    John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

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  7. 44
    + 1,340
    - 1,039


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  8. 43
    + 1,122
    - 1,129

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

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  9. 42
    + 1,820
    - 1,364

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

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  10. 41
    + 1,792
    - 931

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

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  11. 40
    + 1,520
    - 1,441


    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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  12. 39
    + 1,467
    - 1,600

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

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  13. 38
    + 1,711
    - 1,415


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  14. 37
    + 1,556
    - 1,428


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  15. 36
    + 2,443
    - 2,410


    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

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  16. 35
    + 1,690
    - 1,557


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  17. 34
    + 1,843
    - 1,329


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  18. 33
    + 1,738
    - 1,235


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  19. 32
    + 1,860
    - 1,557


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  20. 31
    + 1,703
    - 1,376


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  21. 30
    + 1,923
    - 1,471


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  22. 29
    + 1,882
    - 2,152

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

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  23. 28
    + 1,968
    - 1,812


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  24. 27
    + 2,223
    - 1,997


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  25. 26
    + 2,142
    - 1,479


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  26. 25
    + 2,595
    - 2,407


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  27. 24
    + 1,997
    - 1,790


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  28. 23
    + 2,532
    - 1,735

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

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  29. 22
    + 2,606
    - 1,628

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

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  30. 21
    + 2,731
    - 1,882

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

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  31. 20
    + 3,061
    - 2,848

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

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  32. 19
    + 2,710
    - 2,543

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

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  33. 18
    + 3,193
    - 2,934

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

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  34. 17
    + 3,543
    - 2,417


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  35. 16
    + 3,478
    - 2,333


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  36. 15
    + 3,719
    - 2,393


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  37. 14
    + 3,343
    - 2,743


    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  38. 13
    + 2,797
    - 2,250

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  39. 12
    + 5,132
    - 3,302


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  40. 11
    + 3,429
    - 2,460


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  41. 10
    + 3,593
    - 2,768


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  42. 9
    + 3,384
    - 2,273


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  43. 8
    + 3,307
    - 2,881

    often listed
    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  44. 7
    + 3,916
    - 3,167


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  45. 6
    + 3,697
    - 2,598


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  46. 5
    + 6,271
    - 4,161


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  47. 4
    + 5,100
    - 3,489


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  48. 3
    + 4,199
    - 2,716


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  49. 2
    + 9,481
    - 5,955


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  50. 1
    + 8,286
    - 4,338

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

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