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The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

Updated October 20, 2020 475.6k votes 29.8k voters 515.9k views437 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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  • 1
    The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    7,163
    3,657

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • 2
    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    3,745
    2,414

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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

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  • 3
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    6,416
    4,838

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 4
    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    3,166
    2,176

    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 5
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    3,440
    1,960

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Black comedy

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  • 6
    Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    3,509
    2,687

    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

    Premiered2003

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

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  • 7
    Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,998
    1,436

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 8
    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    2,696
    2,173

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 9
    Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,671
    1,074

    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

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  • 10
    Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    824
    339

    Looney Tunes

    Mel Blanc, June Foray
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  • 11
    South Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    5,406
    4,310

    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

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

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  • 12
    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    3,196
    2,495

    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

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

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  • 13
    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    2,143
    1,784

    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence

    Premiered1967

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

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  • 14
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    2,261
    1,866

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 15
    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    4,744
    3,803

    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

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

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  • 16
    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,682
    1,267

    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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  • 17
    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    3,478
    2,753

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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

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  • 18
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    2,702
    1,573

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 19
    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    2,865
    2,421

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 20
    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    5,693
    4,836

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 21
    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,924
    1,392

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 22
    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,881
    1,558

    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 23
    The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,261
    962

    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • 24
    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,176
    836

    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

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  • 25
    The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
    1,496
    1,128

    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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