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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 make you want to punch a baby. Yes, punch a baby. That. Good. 

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?  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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4,393 3,201
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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2
4,070 3,404
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

3
3,936 2,909
South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

4
2,901 2,393
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

5
3,606 2,196
The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

6
3,012 2,667
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
RudyJakubPrzybyło added That's 70's Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

7
2,459 2,413
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

8
4,728 2,854
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
3,570 2,656
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

10
2,573 2,201
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

11
2,623 2,313
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

12
4,318 3,178
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

13
2,433 1,864
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

14
2,250 1,753
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

15
1,904 1,681
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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16
2,028 1,964
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

17
2,809 1,879
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

18
2,346 1,742
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

19
1,755 2,022
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

20
2,046 1,478
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

21
1,698 1,400
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

22
1,688 1,922
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

23
1,984 1,629
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

24
1,901 1,456
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

25
1,529 1,124
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

26
2,615 1,597
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

27
1,678 1,490
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

28
1,443 1,297
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

29
1,306 1,134
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Jim12 added My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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30
1,877 1,048
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Emmahyacinth added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

31
1,519 1,317
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

32
2,641 1,976
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

33
2,230 1,591
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

34
1,157 1,258
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

35
1,025 708
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
wiabux added Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

36
1,245 1,192
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

37
948 824
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

38
1,433 1,471
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

39
1,130 1,210
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

40
1,148 1,090
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

41
1,132 1,286
Archer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

42
1,115 1,001
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

43
1,114 1,067
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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44
1,557 1,208
The Three Stooges is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Three Stooges Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

45
1,327 1,103
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

46
798 770
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

47
1,036 475
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Whose Line Is It Anyway? Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles

48
1,140 1,055
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
gamedemon24 added The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

49
1,130 1,050
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

50
1,588 1,098
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman