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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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849 470
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
829 501
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
745 556
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
780 644
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
735 466
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
677 477
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
1,092 565
Friends is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

8
889 483
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

9
875 544
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

10
450 407
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
580 414
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
683 361
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
558 500
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
564 395
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
388 302
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
517 352
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
471 374
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
675 400
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
405 314
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
443 330
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

21
396 384
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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540 268
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

23
440 307
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
457 234
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

25
425 328
Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

26
450 247
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
392 333
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
394 304
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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412 278
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
385 313
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
326 283
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

32
375 276
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
351 256
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
423 262
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

35
374 212
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Jetsons George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

36
222 145
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

37
278 254
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

38
372 236
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
345 333
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

40
185 111
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
274 234
Batman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

42
242 226
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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370 224
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Munsters Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

44
123 175
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
murphycat added One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

45
244 259
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
234 239
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
202 139
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
227 194
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
89 177
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
laustcawz added Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

50
168 265
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon