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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite sitcoms (no dramedies) based on their full run.

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

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...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

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

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

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

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

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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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

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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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Number of Seasons: 6

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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

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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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

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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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: 7

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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. The series follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los ...more

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
JordanAnderson added Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 6

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) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 11

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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

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 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

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 Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

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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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 31

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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 8

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

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 9

Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more

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