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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949 571
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
952 544
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

3
833 629
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
848 550
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
870 760
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
1,016 618
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

7
781 541
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
1,251 658
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
994 558
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
669 460
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
515 465
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
778 406
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
636 581
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
632 460
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
449 358
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
589 401
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

17
545 432
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
516 378
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

19
458 371
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
472 455
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

21
767 493
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

22
641 331
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
523 373
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
533 281
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

25
491 401
Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

26
512 286
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

27
437 387
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

28
487 313
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Olivia Peterman added Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

29
448 383
South Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

30
445 370
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

31
373 322
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

32
431 316
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

33
398 301
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

34
484 313
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

35
302 182
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

36
433 247
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

37
428 273
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

38
309 303
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

39
237 151
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

40
325 271
Batman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

41
285 265
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

42
381 395
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

43
420 253
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

44
153 221
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
murphycat added Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

45
288 303
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

46
275 274
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

47
274 227
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

48
245 185
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
195 145
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
AnnaLandron added Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

50
231 154
The Office is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
killakane94 added Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer