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The Funniest TV Shows of All Time 

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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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Comedy Central

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

Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show as well as starring in the majority of its ...more
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more
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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon, + more

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: Comedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
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Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 151

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

Malcolm in the Middle is an American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, ...more
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more
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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: FXX

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Farce, Comedy

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more
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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
wiabux added Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: ITV

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consisted of 15 episodes ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more
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The Carol Burnett Show ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

Premiered: 1967

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 278

Network: CBS

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

The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Emmahyacinth added Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
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Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, IFC

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Comedy

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
RudyJakubPrzybyło added Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more