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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

Updated May 21, 2021 959.3k votes 86.6k voters 1.2m views296 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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    11,363

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    PremieredMarch 24, 2005

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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  • 2
    27,656
    18,888

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    PremieredSeptember 22, 1994

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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  • 3
    19,616
    13,491

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    PremieredJuly 5, 1989

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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  • 4
    19,136
    11,612

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    PremieredSeptember 19, 2005

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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  • 5
    17,874
    13,728

    The Big Bang Theory

    Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2007

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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  • 6
    8,499
    5,278

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari

    PremieredApril 9, 2009

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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  • 7
    10,750
    7,215

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    PremieredSeptember 10, 1990

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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  • 8
    11,354
    8,837

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Mila Kunis

    PremieredAugust 23, 1998

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 9
    10,569
    7,041

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2009

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 10
    8,516
    6,844

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, John Mahoney

    PremieredSeptember 16, 1993

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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    Dark Behind-The-Scenes Stories About 'Frasier'#7 of 52 The Best Sitcoms Of The '90s

  • 11
    7,458
    6,019

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    PremieredOctober 15, 1951

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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    The Complicated And Dark History Of Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz's Marriage#10 of 121 The Best Shows About Families

  • 12
    6,163
    4,930

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

    PremieredSeptember 14, 1985

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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  • 13
    4,350
    3,172

    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    PremieredSeptember 30, 1960

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 14
    7,469
    5,994

    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal

    PremieredApril 5, 1987

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 15
    4,413
    3,586

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    PremieredOctober 3, 1960

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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    #4 of 79 The Best CBS Shows of All Time#46 of 471 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

  • 16
    5,708
    2,282

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher

    PremieredSeptember 17, 2013

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 17
    3,944
    2,717

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson

    PremieredJanuary 1, 1990

    NetworkITVMNF

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  • 18
    11,197
    9,198

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    PremieredDecember 17, 1989

    NetworkFOX Broadcasting Co.

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  • 19
    6,754
    5,410

    Two and a Half Men

    Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2003

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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  • 20
    7,297
    5,964

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    PremieredOctober 2, 2001

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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    The Cast Of 'Scrubs': Where Are They Now?#10 of 83 The Best And Nicest Feel-Good TV Shows

  • 21
    5,589
    4,481

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    PremieredSeptember 17, 1991

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #9 of 15 Beloved TV Shows That Have Aged Horribly#30 of 149 The All-Time Greatest TV Pilots

  • 22
    3,812
    2,977

    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    PremieredSeptember 17, 2009

    NetworkNational Broadcasting Company

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    Fan Theories About 'Community'#29 of 113 The Best Dramedy TV Series

  • 23
    4,292
    3,275

    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    PremieredSeptember 21, 1998

    NetworkCBS Corporation

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    #18 of 46 The Best CBS Comedies of All Time#34 of 1,313 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

  • 24
    3,012
    2,369

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    PremieredJanuary 30, 1974

    NetworkSYN89

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  • 25
    4,780
    3,973

    happy days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    PremieredJanuary 15, 1974

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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    #89 of 235 The Greatest TV Shows for Women#6 of 184 The Most Important TV Sitcoms