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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.

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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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959 576
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

2
962 545
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

3
840 632
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
856 552
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

5
875 768
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

6
1,025 622
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

7
790 544
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
1,264 663
Friends is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

9
1,004 563
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

10
674 466
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
521 469
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
785 409
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

13
640 592
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

14
636 465
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
458 363
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
596 406
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

17
549 439
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
521 381
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

19
465 376
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

20
475 461
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

21
775 500
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

22
651 334
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
531 375
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

24
538 285
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

25
498 405
Full House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important TV Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier