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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
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary

2
Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

3
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

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

4
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

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

5
Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

6
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

Premiered: 2003

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

7
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

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

8
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

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

9
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

10
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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

11
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

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

12
It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Black comedy

13
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

14
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

15
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Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

16
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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

17
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
wiabux added Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

18
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

19
Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

20
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

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

21
The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Emmahyacinth added Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

22
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

23
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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

24
Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

25
Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Premiered: 1969

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Comedy