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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
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross 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 Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf 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
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern 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 Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis 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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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent 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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito 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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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
The Addams Family John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy 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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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall 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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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen 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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James 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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano 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

The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels 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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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams 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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Growing Pains Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron 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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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
LanaYoshii added The Goldbergs Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, George Segal The Goldbergs is an American television sitcom that premiered on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers 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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
starks added Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman 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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier 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 Witch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick 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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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley 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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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain 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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The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
The Partridge Family Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey The Partridge Family is an American musical television sitcom series starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones is a widowed mother, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five ...more

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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
My Three Sons Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady 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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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
According to Jim James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of three children. It originally ran on ABC from October 1, 2001 to June 2,

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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Spin City Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear 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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Dharma & Greg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Dharma & Greg Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray Dharma & Greg is an American television sitcom that aired from September 24, 1997, to April 30, 2002. It stars Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as Dharma and Greg Montgomery, a couple who got ...more

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Dinosaurs Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more

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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. It ran from 1980 to 1982 on ABC and in reruns in the ...more

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laustcawz added Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more

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McHale's Navy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
McHale's Navy Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway McHale's Navy is an American sitcom that aired 138 half-hour episodes over four seasons, from October 11, 1962, to April 12, 1966, on the ABC network. The series was filmed in black and white ...more

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Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Perfect Strangers Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to August 6, 1993, on the ABC television network. Created by Dale McRaven, the series chronicles the rocky ...more

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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Norman Pierce added The Middle Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more

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Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Step by Step Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons, originally running on ABC as part of its TGIF Friday night lineup from September 20, 1991, to August 15, 1997, and ...more

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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
starks added Last Man Standing "Last Man Standing," the show follows Mike Baxter (Allen), a manly man and marketing director for an outdoors sporting goods company. While he's the king at work, he isn't within his ...more

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Love, American Style is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Love, American Style Jo Anne Worley, Phyllis Davis, Carol Wayne Love, American Style is a comedic television anthology, which was produced by Paramount Television and originally aired between 1969 and 1974. For the 1971 and 1972 seasons it was a part of an ...more

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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Head of the Class Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television network. The series follows a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program at the ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Too Close for Comfort Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980-May 5, 1983 and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984-February 7, 1987. It was ...more

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That Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
That Girl Marlo Thomas, Ruth Buzzi, Bernie Kopell That Girl is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. It starred Marlo Thomas as the title character Ann Marie, an aspiring actress, who moves from her hometown of Brewster, New ...more

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
1491971760840 added Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap; however, Benson discarded the ...more

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The Patty Duke Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
The Patty Duke Show Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert The Patty Duke Show is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 27, 1966, with reruns airing through August 31. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty ...more

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Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best ABC Comedies of All Time
clash1977 added Sports Night Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman Sports Night is an American television series about a fictional sports news show also called Sports Night. It focuses on the friendships, pitfalls, and ethical issues the creative talent of the ...more

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RileyJo81 added Here Come the Brides Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, David Soul Here Come the Brides is an American comedy Western series from Screen Gems that aired on the ABC television network from September 25, 1968 to April 3, 1970. The series was loosely based upon ...more