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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.

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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
961 579
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
962 548
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

3
845 635
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
857 555
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
876 770
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
1,028 624
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

7
790 546
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
1,266 666
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
1,007 565
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
675 467
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
522 470
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
787 410
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
641 594
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
636 467
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
459 365
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
598 407
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

17
549 441
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
521 383
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

19
466 378
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
780 502
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

21
477 463
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

22
653 336
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
533 377
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
540 286
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

25
498 407
Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier