Comedy 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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1
945 570
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
950 542
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

3
830 628
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

4
847 547
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
866 758
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
1,013 616
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

7
778 539
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

8
1,249 655
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
991 557
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
666 459
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

11
513 463
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

12
776 404
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
635 578
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
630 458
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

15
447 356
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

16
586 400
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

17
544 429
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

18
514 376
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

19
456 369
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
470 453
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

21
765 491
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

22
639 330
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

23
522 372
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
530 281
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

25
490 398
Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

26
511 284
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

27
436 385
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

28
486 311
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

29
447 382
South Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

30
442 369
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

31
371 321
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

32
430 314
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

33
397 299
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

34
482 312
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

35
299 181
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

36
432 245
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

37
426 272
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

38
308 301
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

39
236 149
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

40
324 270
Batman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

41
283 264
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

42
381 393
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

43
419 252
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

44
152 219
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
murphycat added Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

45
287 302
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

46
273 274
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

47
272 227
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

48
245 184
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

49
199 313
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

50
229 153
The Office is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer