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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 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
Friends 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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13,427 8,036
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Seinfeld 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 Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Simpsons 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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6,468 5,283
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Cheers 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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8,574 4,894
The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Office 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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10,559 8,429
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Big Bang Theory 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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10,482 5,778
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
How I Met Your Mother 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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6,837 5,639
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
That '70s Show 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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5,604 4,604
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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5,124 3,849
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 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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6,266 3,850
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 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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5,625 4,048
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Frasier 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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6,299 4,061
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Modern Family 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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5,355 4,436
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Scrubs 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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5,180 4,900
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Everybody Loves Raymond 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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4,077 3,587
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 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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4,592 3,964
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Arrested Development 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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5,180 3,576
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Married... with Children 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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5,036 4,480
South Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
South Park 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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3,951 2,800
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Golden Girls 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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4,766 4,396
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Guy 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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3,699 2,590
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
happy days 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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3,197 2,068
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Parks and Recreation 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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4,067 2,940
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Home Improvement 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

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2,924 2,793
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
taxi 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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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 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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3,531 3,088
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston Malcolm in the Middle is an American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, ...more

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan 30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more

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4,143 3,643
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Two and a Half Men Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003 and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons. Originally starring Charlie Sheen, Jon ...more

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3,427 3,786
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the ...more

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
JordanAnderson added The Flintstones Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl 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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2,527 2,054
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie 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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2,761 2,318
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston 3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very ...more

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2,703 1,963
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus 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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2,790 2,198
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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2,555 1,897
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent 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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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more

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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 half-hour episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart ...more

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2,271 2,487
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was ...more

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2,394 1,643
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller 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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more

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2,559 1,942
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll 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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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers 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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more

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2,553 1,793
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy 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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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS from September 26, 1962 to March 23, 1971, starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max ...more

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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows The Honeymooners is an American sitcom, based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name. It originally aired on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars and subsequently on the CBS network's ...more