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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1
911 513
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

2
895 540
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

3
800 595
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
807 512
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
833 713
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
735 515
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
953 592
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

8
1,187 612
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
949 528
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
486 438
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

11
633 442
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Joe Hayes Jr. added Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

12
607 548
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

13
741 385
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

14
602 433
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
428 330
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
520 408
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
557 383
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

18
490 355
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

19
441 348
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
734 457
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

21
444 428
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

22
600 310
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
486 348
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
471 372
Full House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

25
501 262
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

26
488 268
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

27
420 363
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

28
422 356
South Park is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

29
426 340
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

30
453 300
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

31
353 305
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

32
408 301
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

33
376 285
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

34
461 292
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

35
266 165
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

36
409 256
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

37
404 234
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

38
297 284
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

39
218 132
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

40
303 258
Batman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

41
268 249
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

42
366 376
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

43
139 203
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
396 243
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

45
258 258
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

46
267 288
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

47
229 168
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

48
252 213
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

49
180 130
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
AnnaLandron added Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

50
209 134
The Office is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer