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The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

Updated January 22, 2021 503.7k votes 30.9k voters 526.8k views443 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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  • The Office1
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    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • Parks and Recreation2
    4,045
    2,777

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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

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  • Friends3
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Married... with Children4
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    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Chappelle's Show5
    3,759
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    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

    Premiered2003

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

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  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia6
    3,730
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Black comedy

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  • South Park7
    5,744
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    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

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

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  • Family Guy8
    5,069
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    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

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

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  • Mr. Bean9
    2,258
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    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Seinfeld10
    6,042
    5,033

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?11
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

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  • Frasier12
    2,886
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    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Looney Tunes13
    1,049
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    Looney Tunes

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Premiered1930

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy

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  • The Golden Girls14
    2,458
    2,035

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Futurama15
    3,411
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

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

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  • I Love Lucy16
    3,025
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Modern Family17
    3,707
    2,956

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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

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  • The Carol Burnett Show18
    2,286
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    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence

    Premiered1967

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

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  • The Muppet Show19
    1,810
    1,429

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Children's television series, Live action, Comedy

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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air20
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • The Simpsons21
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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

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  • Home Improvement22
    2,091
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    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Malcolm in the Middle23
    2,788
    2,258

    Malcolm in the Middle

    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Tom and Jerry24
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    Tom and Jerry

    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff

    Premiered1940

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family Film

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  • Brooklyn Nine-nine25
    1,325
    775

    Brooklyn Nine-nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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