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Best sitcoms ever to air on television includes some of the greatest sitcoms of all time as ranked by fans of TV. What's the best sitcom of all time? This list includes the best and most funny all-time sitcoms and funny TV shows. Anyone can vote on this list of funny sitcoms, making it a definitive representation of the Ranker community's sit-com tastes. Many people think that Friends is the best sitcome ever, while others would nominate Seinfeld or Family Matters. You can  add your own ranking of shows to nominate your favorites.

A sitcom (or situational comedy) is loosely defined as "a humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life". What are the greatest sitcoms ever? You can decide for yourself what fits that term and rank as you see fit, adding what you see missing!
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1
9,809 5,882
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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2
12,737 7,059
Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

3
6,127 4,535
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

4
4,982 3,524
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

5
7,764 5,531
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

6
4,927 4,062
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

7
4,374 3,350
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

8
5,059 3,467
The Office is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

9
6,945 4,076
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

10
4,029 2,870
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

11
3,986 3,706
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

12
4,184 3,016
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

13
4,050 3,342
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

14
4,537 2,940
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

15
4,566 2,865
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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16
3,256 2,754
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

17
4,102 2,766
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

18
3,333 3,025
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

19
3,829 3,484
South Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

20
3,628 3,404
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

21
3,001 2,103
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

22
3,000 1,966
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

23
3,223 2,253
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

24
2,322 2,148
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

25
2,688 2,383
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

26
2,511 1,770
The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

27
2,903 2,898
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

28
2,253 2,548
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

29
2,313 2,179
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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30
1,691 1,417
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

31
3,020 2,808
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

32
2,228 1,760
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

33
2,005 1,615
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
the dick van dyke show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

34
2,161 1,872
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

35
1,806 1,677
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

36
2,044 1,480
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

37
1,738 1,917
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

38
1,930 1,806
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

39
1,992 1,651
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

40
2,155 1,564
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

41
1,815 1,651
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

42
2,139 1,111
The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
JordanAnderson added The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

43
2,087 1,584
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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44
2,356 2,215
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

45
1,386 1,391
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

46
2,061 1,468
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

47
1,715 1,210
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

48
1,878 1,426
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

49
1,568 1,254
The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
the beverly hillbilies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

50
1,586 1,426
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows