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
909 546
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
921 522
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

3
809 601
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
818 522
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
843 723
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
972 595
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

7
747 520
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
1,201 622
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
956 538
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
645 445
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
494 444
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
753 387
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
613 555
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
608 437
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
432 339
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
565 385
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

17
526 414
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
498 358
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

19
444 353
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
738 465
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

21
451 432
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

22
608 315
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
495 356
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
475 380
Full House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

25
504 266
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

26
493 272
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

27
424 368
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

28
427 363
South Park is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

29
462 302
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

30
428 347
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

31
358 307
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

32
412 304
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

33
382 287
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

34
464 299
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

35
271 170
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

36
413 260
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

37
410 237
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

38
300 288
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

39
223 136
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

40
310 261
Batman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

41
271 251
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

42
370 381
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

43
141 206
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
murphycat added Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

44
402 243
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

45
262 261
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

46
271 292
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

47
261 213
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

48
231 171
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
216 138
The Office is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

50
183 133
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
AnnaLandron added Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James