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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

Updated February 25, 2021 952.9k votes 83.0k voters 1.2m views309 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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  • The Office1
    18,372
    10,576

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    NetworkNBC

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  • Friends2
    27,179
    18,560

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    NetworkNBC

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  • Seinfeld3
    19,411
    13,378

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    NetworkNBC

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  • How I Met Your Mother4
    18,804
    11,194

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    NetworkCBS

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  • That '70s Show5
    11,243
    8,731

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air6
    10,531
    6,908

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    NetworkNBC

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  • Parks and Recreation7
    8,145
    4,985

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    NetworkNBC

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  • The Big Bang Theory8
    17,434
    13,565

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    NetworkCBS

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  • Modern Family9
    10,227
    6,859

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    NetworkABC

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  • Frasier10
    8,439
    6,789

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    NetworkNBC

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  • I Love Lucy11
    7,408
    6,000

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    NetworkCBS

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  • Married... with Children12
    7,446
    5,918

    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • The Golden Girls13
    6,097
    4,862

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    NetworkNBC, Lifetime Television

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  • The Flintstones14
    4,318
    2,978

    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Home Improvement15
    5,568
    4,408

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • Two and a Half Men16
    6,634
    5,265

    Two and a Half Men

    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • Mr. Bean17
    3,782
    2,515

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll

    Premiered1990

    NetworkITV

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  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine18
    5,045
    2,088

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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  • The Addams Family19
    3,588
    2,887

    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • The Andy Griffith Show20
    4,352
    3,549

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    NetworkCBS

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  • The King of Queens21
    4,240
    3,147

    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    Premiered1998

    NetworkCBS

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  • Gilligan's Island22
    3,677
    2,980

    Gilligan's Island

    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr.

    Premiered1964

    NetworkCBS

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  • The Muppet Show23
    2,958
    2,270

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    NetworkAssociated Television, ITV, CBS

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  • Scrubs24
    7,275
    5,981

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    NetworkNBC, ABC

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  • happy days25
    4,812
    3,976

    happy days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    NetworkChannel 4, American Broadcasting Company

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