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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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804 444
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

2
795 475
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

3
721 528
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

4
756 604
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

5
695 446
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

6
644 454
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

7
1,038 535
Friends is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

8
850 459
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

9
832 526
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

10
437 391
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

11
553 402
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

12
667 347
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
537 481
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
549 380
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

15
374 289
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

16
506 339
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

17
455 363
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

18
641 385
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

19
432 317
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

20
388 303
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

21
517 259
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

The Best Princess Movies

22
377 369
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

23
419 293
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
410 317
Full House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

25
437 227
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

26
441 237
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

27
379 322
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

28
376 295
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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401 270
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

30
369 302
South Park is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

31
319 274
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

32
361 271
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

33
344 250
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

34
407 252
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

35
363 207
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Jetsons George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

31 Times You've Seen The Walking Dead Actors Before

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270 247
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

37
209 137
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

38
361 231
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

39
336 324
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

40
175 106
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

41
267 226
Batman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

42
235 221
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

The Best TV Sitcoms Since 2015

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120 166
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
murphycat added One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

44
360 217
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Munsters Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

45
234 250
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

46
228 233
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

47
191 131
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

48
223 186
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

49
166 255
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

50
86 168
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
laustcawz added Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha