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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

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 184

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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
8
The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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
9
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

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

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Farce, Comedy

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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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
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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
JordanAnderson added Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Cartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more
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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 255

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

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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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 249

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more
18
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

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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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 98

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film

Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim ...more
20
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 207

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The show was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions, CBS Paramount ...more
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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 254

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more
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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 181

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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 Dick Van Dyke Show ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

Premiered: 1961

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more