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

2
899 506
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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790 589
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

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791 505
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
821 702
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
938 586
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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720 509
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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1,170 602
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
945 518
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
478 433
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

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625 438
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
599 540
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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732 380
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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598 425
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

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422 325
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

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512 401
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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551 376
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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483 351
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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435 341
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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729 445
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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436 418
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

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591 304
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

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477 343
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

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464 364
Full House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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493 257
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

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480 265
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

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417 355
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

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416 346
South Park is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

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423 331
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

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443 296
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

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347 299
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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401 296
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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372 280
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

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455 287
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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257 161
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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404 251
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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399 229
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Jetsons George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

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292 278
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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213 127
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

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297 254
Batman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

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261 244
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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

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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.

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391 240
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
The Munsters Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

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254 254
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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263 283
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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226 164
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

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248 209
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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175 127
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
AnnaLandron added Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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202 130
The Office is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer