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The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

Updated October 12, 2020 937.9k votes 79.3k voters 1.2m views297 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.

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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  • 1
    The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    17,702
    9,754

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    NetworkNBC

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  • 2
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    26,679
    18,045

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    NetworkNBC

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  • 3
    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    19,034
    13,230

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    NetworkNBC

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  • 4
    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    18,341
    10,667

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    NetworkCBS

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  • 5
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    10,320
    6,549

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    NetworkNBC

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  • 6
    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    7,813
    4,567

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    NetworkNBC

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  • 7
    That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    11,128
    8,466

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 8
    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    4,217
    2,713

    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

    NetworkCartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 9
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    6,046
    4,731

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    NetworkNBC, Lifetime Television

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  • 10
    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    9,821
    6,611

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    NetworkABC

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  • 11
    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    3,518
    2,636

    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 12
    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    7,430
    5,979

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    NetworkCBS

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  • 13
    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    16,935
    13,455

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    NetworkCBS

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  • 14
    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    7,335
    5,763

    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 15
    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    3,605
    2,826

    Gilligan's Island

    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr.

    Premiered1964

    NetworkCBS

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  • 16
    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    5,534
    4,281

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 17
    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    4,331
    3,470

    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

    NetworkCBS

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  • 18
    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    8,325
    6,753

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    NetworkNBC

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  • 19
    Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    3,495
    2,320

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll

    Premiered1990

    NetworkITV

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  • 20
    Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    6,457
    5,072

    Two and a Half Men

    Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • 21
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    4,302
    1,893

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    NetworkNBC

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  • 22
    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    2,884
    2,152

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    NetworkAssociated Television, ITV, CBS

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  • 23
    The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    4,124
    3,025

    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    Premiered1998

    NetworkCBS

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  • 24
    happy days is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    4,797
    3,965

    happy days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    NetworkChannel 4, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 25
    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History
    3,419
    2,797

    Bewitched

    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York

    Premiered1964

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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