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The Most Important TV Sitcoms  

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List Rules Only actual sitcoms. A situation comedy is a genre that shows characters sharing the same common environment, like a home or workplace, and a comedic narrative.

These sitcoms are important because they either influenced a generation's culture or because they permanently influenced the art of television. These sitcoms are important because they either influenced a generation's culture or because they permanently influenced the art of television. What makes a sitcom particularly important? Because over the decades, the shows listed here are groundbreaking comedy programs.

From the early days of the American sitcom ('I Love Lucy,' 'Leave it To Beaver') to the genius animation of 'The Simpsons,' each monumental comedy TV show listed here is important in the annals of television history. Many are also considered among the greatest sitcoms in television history, not surprisingly.

No list of the most important TV sitcoms would be complete without some of the domestic comedies of the 1940s and 1950s, including 'The Honeymooners' and, later, 'I Love Lucy.' In the 60s, sitcom families expanded to include extended and blended families ('The Brady Bunch') and then, in the 1970s, things really got interested, with 'All in the Family.' Enter the totally dysfunctional family!

Sitcoms were everywhere in the 1980s, with such influential programs as 'The Cosby Show,' 'Cheers' and, beginning in 1989, 'Seinfeld.' Which sitcom do you think is the most influential of all time? Cast your votes and certainly add any TV comedy shows that are missing.
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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan
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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce
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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers
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Batman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier
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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley
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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo
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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman
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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen
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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander
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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Patricia Hennessy added Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman
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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
AnnaLandron added Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James
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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
murphycat added Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ferry73 added Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano