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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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1,007 588
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
2
1,005 618
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi
3
878 673
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
896 590
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
5
912 818
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
6
828 579
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
7
1,082 661
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
8
1,331 709
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
9
1,057 599
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
10
708 495
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
543 501
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
820 440
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross
13
660 491
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
14
669 628
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
15
479 387
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
571 460
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
17
620 428
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
18
546 404
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus
19
821 527
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
20
486 401
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows
21
699 354
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
22
535 308
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy
23
502 489
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
24
570 396
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis
25
527 430
Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier