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
    + 1,318
    - 1,217

    often listed
    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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  2. 49
    + 1,233
    - 922


    Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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  3. 48
    + 1,007
    - 1,054

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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  4. 47
    + 1,523
    - 1,166

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

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  5. 46
    + 1,279
    - 988


    Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

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  6. 45
    + 1,922
    - 1,866

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

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  7. 44
    + 1,056
    - 1,066

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

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  8. 43
    + 1,690
    - 1,223

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

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  9. 42
    + 1,459
    - 1,369


    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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  10. 41
    + 1,751
    - 1,307

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

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  11. 40
    + 1,706
    - 881

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

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  12. 39
    + 2,340
    - 2,298

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

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  13. 38
    + 1,492
    - 1,362


    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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  14. 37
    + 1,654
    - 1,341


    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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  15. 36
    + 1,404
    - 1,518

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

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  16. 35
    + 1,763
    - 1,263


    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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  17. 34
    + 1,623
    - 1,485


    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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  18. 33
    + 1,626
    - 1,308


    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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  19. 32
    + 1,660
    - 1,166


    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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  20. 31
    + 1,787
    - 1,476


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  21. 30
    + 1,836
    - 1,401


    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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  22. 29
    + 1,807
    - 2,044

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

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  23. 28
    + 1,878
    - 1,721


    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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  24. 27
    + 2,123
    - 1,903


    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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  25. 26
    + 2,028
    - 1,408


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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  26. 25
    + 2,516
    - 2,278


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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  27. 24
    + 1,920
    - 1,693


    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  28. 23
    + 2,507
    - 1,535

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

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  29. 22
    + 2,418
    - 1,639

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

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  30. 21
    + 2,908
    - 2,750

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

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  31. 20
    + 2,618
    - 1,766

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

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  32. 19
    + 2,597
    - 2,414

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

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  33. 18
    + 3,041
    - 2,808

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

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  34. 17
    + 3,378
    - 2,303


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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  35. 16
    + 3,316
    - 2,233


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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  36. 15
    + 2,671
    - 2,140


    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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  37. 14
    + 3,560
    - 2,279

    ranked low on reranks
    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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  38. 13
    + 3,289
    - 2,327


    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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  39. 12
    + 4,878
    - 3,140


    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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  40. 11
    + 3,370
    - 2,624


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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  41. 10
    + 3,198
    - 2,594

    often listed
    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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  42. 9
    + 3,236
    - 2,157


    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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  43. 8
    + 3,167
    - 2,711


    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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  44. 7
    + 3,737
    - 3,011


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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  45. 6
    + 3,542
    - 2,466


    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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  46. 5
    + 6,016
    - 3,921


    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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  47. 4
    + 4,016
    - 2,575


    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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  48. 3
    + 4,884
    - 3,329


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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  49. 2
    + 8,973
    - 5,618


    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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  50. 1
    + 7,913
    - 4,079

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

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