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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

Updated April 6, 2021 950.6k votes 84.5k voters 1.2m views290 items

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

The best sitcoms ever to air on television include some of the greatest comedies in television history. What are the best sitcoms of all time? A sitcom (or situational comedy) is loosely defined as "a humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life," though not all sitcoms are slice-of-life - even if Parks & Recreation or The Addams Family would be a nice daily life to have.

This list includes the best and most funny all-time sitcoms and funny TV shows as ranked by TV fans. Anyone can vote on this list of funny sitcoms, making it a definitive representation of the Ranker community's sitcom tastes. Many people think that Friends is the best sitcom ever, while others would nominate Seinfeld, family sitcoms like Family Matters as the best TV comedies, or point to I Love Lucy as the best sitcom. Many sitcoms have top-notch acting talent, from regular casts to guest stars.

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! Vote them up on this popular sitcoms list to determine the best sitcoms that have ever aired on television.

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    10,863

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    NetworkNBC

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  • 2
    27,301
    18,707

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    NetworkNBC

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  • 3
    19,476
    13,427

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    NetworkNBC

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  • 4
    18,934
    11,360

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    NetworkCBS

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  • 5
    17,608
    13,608

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    NetworkCBS

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  • 6
    10,601
    7,049

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    NetworkNBC

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  • 7
    8,302
    5,089

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    NetworkNBC

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  • 8
    11,262
    8,766

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 9
    10,410
    6,903

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    NetworkABC

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  • 10
    8,428
    6,807

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    NetworkNBC

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  • 11
    7,405
    6,005

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    NetworkCBS

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  • 12
    7,450
    5,959

    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 13
    4,311
    3,065

    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

    More The Flintstones 

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  • 14
    6,110
    4,902

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    NetworkNBC, Lifetime Television

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  • 15
    6,658
    5,314

    Two and a Half Men

    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • 16
    5,570
    4,440

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

    More Home Improvement 

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  • 17
    3,854
    2,594

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll

    Premiered1990

    NetworkITV

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    #967 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#5 of 106 The Best British Sitcoms of All Time

  • 18
    5,326
    2,150

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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  • 19
    7,270
    5,954

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    NetworkNBC, ABC

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  • 20
    4,261
    3,200

    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    Premiered1998

    NetworkCBS

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    #12 of 52 The Greatest Sitcoms Of The 1990s, Ranked#17 of 46 The Best CBS Comedies of All Time

  • 21
    2,976
    2,310

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    NetworkAssociated Television, ITV, CBS

    More The Muppet Show 

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  • 22
    4,350
    3,566

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    NetworkCBS

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    #2 of 79 The Best CBS Shows of All Time#20 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • 23
    11,228
    9,316

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    NetworkFox

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  • 24
    4,784
    3,966

    happy days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    NetworkChannel 4, American Broadcasting Company

    More Happy Days 

    #5 of 79 The Best ABC Shows of All Time#4 of 119 The Best Shows About Families

  • 25
    3,627
    2,889

    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    NetworkNBC

    More Community 

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