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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History  

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List Rules Situational Comedies only. (No Dramas, Procedurals etc.)

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 sitcom ever, while others would nominate Seinfeld or Family Matters as the best TV comedies. 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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce
Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis
That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more
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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more
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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross
Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more
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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more
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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts
The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more
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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito
Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman
Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more