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In the 1950s, television was still in its infancy. People in the television business were still learning how to best create entertainment that went straight into people’s homes. It was important to create worthwhile, quality TV shows, to further the popularity of the medium. One of the biggest genres in televised programming of the 1950s were sitcoms: short, funny programs, featuring the top comedians of the decade.

While there weren’t as many sitcoms airing in the 50s as there are today, due to fewer competing networks, many became instant classics and created entertainment superstars. "I Love Lucy" was one such sitcom that stood above the rest. It made Lucille Ball the biggest star of the day and still airs on television, in reruns, to this day, with a legion of mega-fans behind it. Other shows like "The Honeymooners," "Father Knows Best," and "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" were so popular that new episodes became household events.

What are the best 50s sitcoms? This list of the best sitcoms that aired during 1950-1959 has been voted on and ranked by the community. Did the sitcoms you think are best make the list? Are they still as fresh today as they were 60 years ago? Cast your votes below and see how the 1950s sitcoms you love to watch rank.

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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+ - 309 86
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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+ - 322 92
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

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+ - 244 83
Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Father Knows Best Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue

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+ - 186 99
The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson

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+ - 197 88
The Donna Reed Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Donna Reed Show Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz

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+ - 189 82
The George Burns and Gracie Al... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet

8
+ - 153 93
The Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Real McCoys Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan

9
+ - 178 106
Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Dennis the Menace Mary Wickes, Charles Lane, Jay North

10
+ - 81 26
The Jack Benny Program is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Jack Benny Program Mel Blanc, Jack Benny, Dennis Day

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+ - 151 81
The Abbott and Costello Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Abbott and Costello Show Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields

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+ - 147 93
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen

13
+ - 152 89
The Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Danny Thomas Show Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll

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+ - 136 87
The Phil Silvers Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Phil Silvers Show Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Julie Newmar

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+ - 130 83
Amos 'n' Andy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Amos 'n' Andy Jester Hairston, Amanda Randolph, Tim Moore

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+ - 125 74
Our Miss Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Our Miss Brooks Eve Arden, Gene Barry, Richard Crenna

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+ - 96 77
The Life of Riley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Life of Riley Zsa Zsa Gábor, Jackie Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp

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+ - 97 82
The Bob Cummings Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Bob Cummings Show Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp

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+ - 86 77
Bachelor Father is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Bachelor Father John Forsythe, Ian Carmichael, Noreen Corcoran

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+ - 78 81
I Married Joan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
I Married Joan Jim Backus, Hal Smith, Wally Brown

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+ - 84 84
My Little Margie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
My Little Margie Hillary Brooke, Gale Storm, Charles Farrell

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+ - 77 77
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Blondie Bruce Lee, Jim Backus, Pamelyn Ferdin

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+ - 55 81
Mister Peepers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Mister Peepers Tony Randall, Jack Warden, Wally Cox

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+ - 51 78
Private Secretary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Private Secretary Ann Sothern, Jesse White, Don Porter

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+ - 6 35
Johnny Bago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Johnny Bago Peter Dobson, Rose Abdoo, John Edell

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+ - 11 52
Madman of the People is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Madman of the People Dabney Coleman, Cynthia Gibb, Craig Bierko