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The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

Updated January 15, 2021 499.5k votes 30.8k voters 525.4k views474 items

List RulesVote up the most hilarious sitcoms, sketch shows, or other programs in television history

 

The funniest TV shows ever range from some of the best TV shows of recent memory to some of the best TV shows of all time. These hilarious television shows and series are the ones that make you accidentally snort your soda up your nose, spill your TV dinner, and fall off your chair from laughing. Some of these funny TV shows are so good, they'll have you chuckling at just the memory of a joke, even years down the line.

From the timeless antics of I Love Lucy's Ethel and Lucy to the foul-mouthed hi-jinks of the kids from South Park to the moral depravity of the Bluth family on Arrested Development, these funny television series make the living room (or bedroom, plane, car, office, whatever..it's the digital age, we get it) a funnier place to be. Many of these amusing TV shows are still on the air (The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory), others have gone to TV heaven (Cheers, 30 Rock), and more still have been resurrected from the digital grave (Family Guy, Futurama). 

What are the funniest series on TV?  Funniest of the decade? What is the funniest TV show ever? This list of the funniest TV shows ever looks to crown one TV show the funniest television show ever. It doesn't matter if the show is old or new - these are the top TV comedies of all time. Vote for your favorite TV show and make sure to add any popular funny TV shows that might be missing from the funniest television series list. Note that they aren't necessarily all comedy tv shows - a show can be funny and not necessarily a "comedy" per se. But let's face it - most of the funniest tv shows are also the best comedies of all time.

Check out the best streaming Netflix TV shows if you want to know if some of these hilarious series are available for streaming there.

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  • Arrested Development26
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    Arrested Development

    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Night Court27
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

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  • All in the Family28
    1,952
    1,666

    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Monty Python's Flying Circus29
    2,577
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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, John Cleese

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Satire, Comedy

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    #92 of 249 The Best BBC One Shows#35 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • The Flintstones30
    688
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    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • The Three Stooges31
    1,860
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    The Three Stooges

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Premiered1930

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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    #10 of 93 The Best Trios Of All Time#1 of 29 The Best TV Shows of the 1940s

  • The Big Bang Theory32
    5,356
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    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • The Munsters33
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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

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    #17 of 76 The Best CBS Shows of All Time#30 of 305 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

  • Happy Days34
    1,485
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    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

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    #254 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time#92 of 239 The Greatest TV Shows for Women

  • The Addams Family35
    1,491
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    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • The King of Queens36
    1,576
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    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Kevin James, Leah Ramni, Jerry Stiller, Patton Oswalt
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  • Everybody Loves Raymond37
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    2,182

    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Fawlty Towers38
    1,361
    1,206

    Fawlty Towers

    John Cleese, Prunella Scales

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • King of the Hill39
    1,597
    1,430

    King of the Hill

    Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Cartoon, Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire

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  • How I Met Your Mother40
    3,353
    2,431

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

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  • 3rd Rock from the Sun41
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    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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    #52 of 339 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years#20 of 54 The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

  • That's 70's Show42
    3,989
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    That's 70's Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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  • The Andy Griffith Show43
    1,427
    1,304

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Get Smart44
    1,099
    965

    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Gilligan's Island45
    1,500
    1,359

    Gilligan's Island

    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr.

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film

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  • M*A*S*H46
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military

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  • Three's Company47
    1,091
    926

    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • The Dick Van Dyke Show48
    1,393
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore

    Premiered1961

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • In Living Color49
    1,295
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    In Living Color

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

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  • Bewitched50
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    Bewitched

    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

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