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The Best ABC Comedies of All Time 

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List Rules Only comedy series that aired on ABC

List of the best ABC comedies of all time as voted, ranked by fans who watched them live or as reruns. This list includes top sitcoms like "Roseanne," "Happy Days," and "Boy Meets World," as well as dramedy shows like "Ugly Betty" and "The Wonder Years." Since its acceptance into homes around the world in the 1950s, television has been a vital part in molding character and asserting social influence. We have watched live performances by Elvis and The Beatles, and we saw the launches space shuttles into orbit; TV is deeply ingrained into our social lexicon.

What have been the greatest ABC sitcoms ever? In the beginning, there were only three networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC. This list has been ranked by men and women of all ages, ranking the top comedy shows on the American Broadcasting Corporation, aka ABC. The transmission of moving images through television has allowed the public to live vicariously through stories of imagination and also see themselves reflected in stories more based in reality. From cartoons to game shows to variety programs, daytime soaps to primetime sitcoms, TV gives us a myriad of programs from which to be endlessly entertained and informed. So what is the best ABC comedy of all time? Vote on favorite, from classic "Ozzie and Harriet" all the way up to "Modern Family."

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 255

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 254

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 117

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Family Film

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long Island, New York, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), take care of ...more

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 215

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
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Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

Premiered: 1957

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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 Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

Premiered: 1970

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970, to March 7, 1975, on ABC. It stars Tony ...more

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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
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Premiered: 2013

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Comedy

The Goldbergs (ABC, 2013) is an American television sitcom created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. The show is produced by Goldberg, Seth Gordon, and Doug ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
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Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 196

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 189

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
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Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 192

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 163

Network: The WB Television Network, ABC Family, TeenNick, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 378

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and ...more

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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 145

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Spin City is an American television sitcom that aired from September 17, 1996, until April 30, 2002, on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was based on a fictional ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 66

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Romantic comedy, Mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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