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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History 

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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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...more

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

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

Premiered: 1989

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

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

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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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

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) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

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) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee, and a spinoff of Cheers. After his divorce, psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

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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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

Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky mid-level bureaucrat, and her ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...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

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 Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
JordanAnderson added Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

Premiered: 1960

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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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

Premiered: 1960

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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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

Premiered: 1964

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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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

Premiered: 1964

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 Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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 King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

Premiered: 1998

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

Premiered: 2001

Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence. In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) ...more

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
mrblond added Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

Premiered: 1990

Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consisted of 15 episodes ...more

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

Premiered: 2003

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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