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The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s

Updated December 8, 2019 10.1k votes 1.9k voters 108.4k views29 items

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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 Lucy1
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,...  more
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  • Leave It to Beaver2
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    Leave It to Beaver

    Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont

    Premiered1957

    Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often...  more
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    #12 of 76 The Best ABC Shows of All Time#127 of 449 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

  • The Honeymooners3
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    The Honeymooners

    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney

    Premiered1955

    The Honeymooners is an American sitcom, based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name....  more
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  • Father Knows Best4
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    Father Knows Best

    Robert Young, Jane Wyatt

    Premiered1954

    Father Knows Best is an American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle...  more
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  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show5
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    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

    George Burns, Gracie Allen

    Premiered1950

    Burns and Allen was an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie...  more
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  • The Jack Benny Program6
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    The Jack Benny Program

    Mel Blanc, Jack Benny

    Premiered1950

    The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more...  more
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    #18 of 27 The Best 1960s CBS Comedy Shows#30 of 36 The Best 1960s CBS Shows

  • The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet7
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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

    Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard

    Premiered1952

    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is an American sitcom, airing on ABC from October 3, 1952,...  more
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  • The Donna Reed Show8
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    The Donna Reed Show

    Donna Reed, Paul Petersen

    Premiered1958

    The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the middle-class...  more
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  • The Abbott and Costello Show9
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    The Abbott and Costello Show

    Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

    Premiered1952

    The Abbott and Costello Show is an American television sitcom starring the popular comedy team...  more
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  • Dennis the Menace10
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    Dennis the Menace

    Mary Wickes, Charles Lane

    Premiered1959

    Dennis the Menace is an American sitcom based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name...  more
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  • The Danny Thomas Show11
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    The Danny Thomas Show

    Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas

    Premiered1953

    The Danny Thomas Show is an American sitcom which ran from 1953 to 1957 on ABC and from 1957...  more
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  • The Phil Silvers Show12
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    The Phil Silvers Show

    Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda

    Premiered1955

    The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You'll Never Get Rich, was a sitcom which ran on CBS...  more
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  • The Real McCoys13
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    The Real McCoys

    Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna

    Premiered1957

    The Real McCoys is an American situation comedy co-produced by Danny Thomas's "Marterto...  more
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  • Amos 'n' Andy14
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    Amos 'n' Andy

    Jester Hairston, Amanda Randolph

    Premiered1951

    Amos 'n' Andy is an American radio and television sitcom set in Harlem, Manhattan's historic...  more
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  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis15
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    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

    Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver

    Premiered1959

    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1959...  more
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  • Our Miss Brooks16
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    Our Miss Brooks

    Eve Arden, Gene Barry

    Premiered1952

    Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school...  more
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  • The Life of Riley17
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    The Life of Riley

    Zsa Zsa Gábor, Jackie Gleason

    Premiered1949

    The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, is a popular American radio...  more
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  • My Little Margie18
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    My Little Margie

    Hillary Brooke, Gale Storm

    Premiered1952

    My Little Margie is an American situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that...  more
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  • The Bob Cummings Show19
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    The Bob Cummings Show

    Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis

    Premiered1955

    The Bob Cummings Show is an American sitcom starring Robert "Bob" Cummings, which was produced...  more
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  • Mister Ed20
    39
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    Mister Ed

    Allan Lane, Alan Young

    Premiered1961

    Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in...  more
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  • Bachelor Father21
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    Bachelor Father

    John Forsythe, Ian Carmichael

    Premiered1957

    Bachelor Father is an American sitcom starring John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran and Sammee Tong....  more
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    #54 of 70 The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s#56 of 61 The Greatest Sitcoms from the 1960s

  • Blondie22
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    Blondie

    Bruce Lee, Jim Backus

    Premiered1968

    Blondie is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1968-1969 television season. The...  more
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  • I Married Joan23
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    I Married Joan

    Jim Backus, Hal Smith

    Premiered1952

    I Married Joan is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1952 to 1955. It starred veteran...  more
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  • The Gale Storm Show24
    23
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    The Gale Storm Show

    ZaSu Pitts, Gale Storm

    Premiered1956

    The Gale Storm Show is an American sitcom starring Gale Storm. The series premiered on...  more
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  • Private Secretary25
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    Private Secretary

    Ann Sothern, Jesse White

    Premiered1953

    Private Secretary is an American sitcom that aired from February 1, 1953 to September 10, 1957...  more
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