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List Rules 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
9,640 5,710
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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2
12,323 6,947
Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

3
6,010 4,424
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

4
4,891 3,449
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

5
7,586 5,361
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

6
4,797 3,972
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

7
4,308 3,267
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

8
4,876 3,390
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

9
6,695 3,981
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

10
3,959 2,818
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

11
3,908 3,640
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

12
4,093 2,959
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

13
3,958 3,285
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

14
4,397 2,885
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

15
4,455 2,826
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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16
3,221 2,706
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

17
4,052 2,725
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

18
3,245 2,981
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

19
3,764 3,429
South Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

20
3,569 3,346
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

21
2,962 1,932
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

22
2,945 2,064
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

23
3,172 2,221
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

24
2,292 2,108
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

25
2,643 2,343
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

26
2,478 1,741
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

27
2,868 2,848
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

28
2,283 2,141
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

29
2,199 2,507
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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30
2,193 1,728
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

31
1,607 1,383
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

32
2,944 2,758
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

33
1,972 1,594
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
the dick van dyke show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

34
2,127 1,837
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

35
2,015 1,458
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

36
1,777 1,651
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

37
1,908 1,778
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

38
1,707 1,886
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

39
1,966 1,625
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

40
2,126 1,542
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

41
1,794 1,618
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

42
2,098 1,092
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
JordanAnderson added The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

43
2,058 1,558
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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44
2,309 2,189
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

45
1,361 1,359
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

46
2,022 1,449
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

47
1,667 1,185
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

48
1,547 1,232
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
the beverly hillbilies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

49
1,853 1,402
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

50
1,569 1,401
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows