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In the 1950s, television was still in its infancy. People in the television business were still learning how to best create entertainment that went straight into people’s homes. It was important to create worthwhile, quality TV shows, to further the popularity of the medium. One of the biggest genres in televised programming of the 1950s were sitcoms: short, funny programs, featuring the top comedians of the decade.

While there weren’t as many sitcoms airing in the 50s as there are today, due to fewer competing networks, many became instant classics and created entertainment superstars. "I Love Lucy" was one such sitcom that stood above the rest. It made Lucille Ball the biggest star of the day and still airs on television, in reruns, to this day, with a legion of mega-fans behind it. Other shows like "The Honeymooners," "Father Knows Best," and "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" were so popular that new episodes became household events.

What are the best 50s sitcoms? This list of the best sitcoms that aired during 1950-1959 has been voted on and ranked by the community. Did the sitcoms you think are best make the list? Are they still as fresh today as they were 60 years ago? Cast your votes below and see how the 1950s sitcoms you love to watch rank.

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
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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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often naïve boy named Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, ...more

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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
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

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Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Father Knows Best Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue Father Knows Best is an American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio ...more

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is an American sitcom, airing on ABC from October 3, 1952, through March 26, 1966, starring the real-life Nelson family. After a long run on radio, the show ...more

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The Donna Reed Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Donna Reed Show Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley ...more

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Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Dennis the Menace Mary Wickes, Charles Lane, Jay North Dennis the Menace is an American sitcom based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name and preceded The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday evenings on CBS from October 1959 to July 1963. The ...more

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The George Burns and Gracie Al... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet Burns and Allen was an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. They worked together as a comedy team in vaudeville, films, radio and television and achieved ...more

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The Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Real McCoys Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan The Real McCoys is an American situation comedy co-produced by Danny Thomas's "Marterto Productions" in association with Walter Brennan and Irving Pincus's "Westgate" ...more

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The Jack Benny Program is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Livvy Caleb added The Jack Benny Program Mel Blanc, Jack Benny, Dennis Day The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.

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The Abbott and Costello Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Abbott and Costello Show Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields The Abbott and Costello Show is an American television sitcom starring the popular comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello that premiered in syndication in the fall of 1952 and ran until May ...more

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The Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Danny Thomas Show Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll The Danny Thomas Show is an American sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957 to 1964 on CBS. A revival series known as Make Room for Granddaddy aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971. ...more

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The Phil Silvers Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Phil Silvers Show Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Julie Newmar The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You'll Never Get Rich, was a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for 142 episodes, plus a 1959 special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master ...more

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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1959 to June 5, 1963. The series and several episode scripts were adapted from the "Dobie ...more

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Amos 'n' Andy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Amos 'n' Andy Jester Hairston, Amanda Randolph, Tim Moore Amos 'n' Andy is an American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan's historic black community. The original radio show, which was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s, was ...more

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Our Miss Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Our Miss Brooks Eve Arden, Gene Barry, Richard Crenna Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast on CBS from 1948 to 1957. When the show was ...more

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The Life of Riley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
bojanthebest added The Life of Riley Zsa Zsa Gábor, Jackie Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, is a popular American radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film, a long-run 1950s television ...more

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I Married Joan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
I Married Joan Jim Backus, Hal Smith, Wally Brown I Married Joan is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1952 to 1955. It starred veteran vaudeville, film, and radio comedienne-comedy actress Joan Davis as the manic, scatterbrained wife of ...more

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Blondie Bruce Lee, Jim Backus, Pamelyn Ferdin Blondie is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1968-1969 television season. The series is an updated version of the 1957 TV series that was based on the comic strip of the same name. ...more

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Bachelor Father is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Bachelor Father John Forsythe, Ian Carmichael, Noreen Corcoran Bachelor Father is an American sitcom starring John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran and Sammee Tong. The series first premiered on CBS in September 1957 before moving to NBC for the third season in ...more

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The Bob Cummings Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Bob Cummings Show Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp The Bob Cummings Show is an American sitcom starring Robert "Bob" Cummings, which was produced from January 2, 1955 to September 15, 1959. The Bob Cummings Show was the first-ever ...more

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My Little Margie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
My Little Margie Hillary Brooke, Gale Storm, Charles Farrell My Little Margie is an American situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that alternated between CBS and NBC from 1952 to 1955. The series was created by Frank Fox and produced ...more

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Private Secretary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Private Secretary Ann Sothern, Jesse White, Don Porter Private Secretary is an American sitcom that aired from February 1, 1953 to September 10, 1957 on CBS, alternating with The Jack Benny Program on Sundays at 7:30pm EST. The series stars Ann ...more

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Mister Peepers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Mister Peepers Tony Randall, Jack Warden, Wally Cox Mister Peepers is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from July 3, 1952, to June 12, 1955.

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Madman of the People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
BrendaGriffith-Ahsan added Madman of the People Dabney Coleman, Cynthia Gibb, Craig Bierko Madman of the People is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1994 to 1995. It was scheduled in the Thursday 9:30 timeslot, part of Must See TV. Madman of the People was produced by Spelling ...more

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Johnny Bago is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
BrendaGriffith-Ahsan added Johnny Bago Peter Dobson, Rose Abdoo, John Edell