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The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s 

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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
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS

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
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

Premiered: 1957

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

Premiered: 1955

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: CBS

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
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue

Premiered: 1954

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 203

Network: CBS

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 George Burns and Gra... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet

Premiered: 1950

Network: CBS

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 Adventures of Ozzie ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson

Premiered: 1952

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 425

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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) 7 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz

Premiered: 1958

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 275

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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The Abbott and Costello ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields

Premiered: 1952

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: CBS

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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Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Mary Wickes, Charles Lane, Jay North

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 146

Network: CBS

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 Jack Benny Program ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Livvy Caleb added Mel Blanc, Jack Benny, Dennis Day

Premiered: 1950

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 245

Network: CBS, NBC

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 Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll

Premiered: 1953

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 351

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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 Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Real McCoys Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan

Premiered: 1957

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 224

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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 Many Loves of Dobie ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 147

Network: CBS

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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The Phil Silvers Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Julie Newmar

Premiered: 1955

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 143

Network: CBS

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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Amos 'n' Andy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Jester Hairston, Amanda Randolph, Tim Moore

Premiered: 1951

Network: CBS

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
Eve Arden, Gene Barry, Richard Crenna

Premiered: 1952

Network: CBS

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 Bob Cummings Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp

Premiered: 1955

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 173

Network: CBS, NBC

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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The Life of Riley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
bojanthebest added Zsa Zsa Gábor, Jackie Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp

Premiered: 1949

Network: NBC

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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My Little Margie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Hillary Brooke, Gale Storm, Charles Farrell

Premiered: 1952

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 126

Network: CBS

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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Bachelor Father is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
John Forsythe, Ian Carmichael, Noreen Corcoran

Premiered: 1957

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 157

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Bruce Lee, Jim Backus, Pamelyn Ferdin

Premiered: 1968

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: CBS

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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I Married Joan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Jim Backus, Hal Smith, Wally Brown

Premiered: 1952

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 98

Network: NBC

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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The Gale Storm Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
The Gale Storm Show ZaSu Pitts, Gale Storm, Roy Roberts

Premiered: 1956

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 143

Network: CBS

The Gale Storm Show is an American sitcom starring Gale Storm. The series premiered on September 29, 1956, and ran until 1960 for 143 half-hour black-and-white episodes, initially on CBS and in ...more
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Mister Ed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
maxh22 added Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines

Premiered: 1961

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 143

Network: CBS

Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, ...more

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Private Secretary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s
Ann Sothern, Jesse White, Don Porter

Premiered: 1953

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 104

Network: CBS

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