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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • 100 best sitcoms of all time
    1/ Paramount Television

    100 best sitcoms of all time

    The first U.S. sitcom in the history of television went by the name of “Mary Kay and Johnny,” and debuted in 1947 on the Dumont Network. Portraying the comedic misadventures of an uptight bank employee and his zany wife, the series was reportedly the first to show a married couple sharing a bed, making it all the more groundbreaking for its time. While only one complete episode is known to have survived, the genre it helped spawn has endured as a genuine cultural cornerstone, despite increased competition from a slew of alternatives.

    Furthermore, the sitcom—or situational comedy—has never been broader in scope than it is now. After all, recent shows like “You’re the Worst” and “Rick and Morty” are technically sitcoms, in that they throw their characters into comedic, occasionally familiar situations. At the more traditional end of the spectrum are shows like “The Goldbergs” and “The Big Bang Theory,” which infuse conventional formulas with contemporary characters, styles and motifs, consequently luring in millions of viewers. Cumulatively speaking, situational comedy is not just alive and well: it’s everywhere.

    Today, Stacker is celebrating the sitcom in all its progressions and permutations. More to the point, Stacker is listing the best sitcoms of all time, using IMDb as the data source. Only English-language sitcoms released in the United States were considered, with every respective show needing at least 5,000 votes in order to qualify. In the case of a rating tie, the show with the higher vote count ranked higher on the list. Counting down from #100, here are the best sitcoms of all time.    

    ALSO: 100 worst sitcoms of all time

  • #100. Life in Pieces
    2/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #100. Life in Pieces

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 2015–present

    This CBS sitcom depicts a range of Short family milestones from multiple perspectives. To warm the crowd, each episode opens with the promise of “four Short stories,” representing a play on words. A dependable ratings performer, the show was recently picked up for a fourth season, but only after some intense behind-the-scenes negotiations. James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, and Colin Hanks star, among others.  


  • #99. The Munsters
    3/ CBS

    #99. The Munsters

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 1964–1966

    Even though it ran for a mere two seasons in the mid-1960s, this iconic series left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape, and continued to reach new audiences by way of one-off specials, reboots, and reruns. Putting a clever twist on the traditional sitcom format, the show centers on a family of friendly monsters whom can’t seem to figure out why society doesn’t completely take to them. NBC reportedly intended to reboot “The Munsters” in 2017, but nothing has come of those plans in the time since.


  • #98. The Mick
    4/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #98. The Mick

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 2017–2018

    Starring Kaitlin Olson of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fame, this raunchy Fox sitcom puts a foul-mouthed aunt (Olson) in charge of her sister’s spoiled kids. Going big on shock value, every episode presents a battle of ill temperaments to frequently hilarious results. Despite getting off to a promising start, the show was canceled after two seasons.  


  • #97. NewsRadio
    5/ 343 Films

    #97. NewsRadio

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 1995–1999

    Taking viewers behind the scenes at New York’s #2 radio station, this NBC sitcom features a bevy of comedic talent, including Phil Hartman and Dave Foley. Also starring as the resident electrician is a young Joe Rogan, years before he became a UFC announcer, and one of the world’s most successful podcasters. Infusing the workplace comedy format with a loose structure and genuine family dynamic, “NewsRadio” might fly under the radar these days, but some say it was among the decade’s best sitcoms.



  • #96. Kenan & Kel
    6/ Nickelodeon Network

    #96. Kenan & Kel

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 1996–2000

    Before he became the longest-running cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” Kenan Thompson was one-half of sketch comedy duo “Kenan & Kel.” On their popular Nickelodeon series, Thompson and cohort Kel Mitchell play best friends who are always getting into trouble as they pursue get-rich quick schemes. In the midst of the show’s success, the duo also starred in the “All That” spinoff film “Good Burger,” which retains a respectable cult following.  


  • #95. Reno 911!
    7/ Comedy Central

    #95. Reno 911!

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 2003–2009

    Putting a comedic spin on shows like “Cops,” this mockumentary takes a fly-on-the-wall approach toward the exploits of Reno Police Department. To capitalize on the show’s popularity, a movie version, “Reno 911!: Miami,” came out in 2007. Before collaborating on this project, series co-creators Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, and Thomas Lennon all starred together on MTV sketch comedy show, “The State,” a veritable cult classic in its day.


  • #94. Fresh Off the Boat
    8/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #94. Fresh Off the Boat

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 2015–present

    Based on the best-selling memoir by celebrity chef Eddie Huang, this single-camera comedy from ABC follows Huang’s Chinese-American family as it chases the American dream in 1990s Orlando. For young Eddie, that means exploring the wide world of American hip-hop while his father opens a Western-themed steakhouse. During the show’s first season, Huang himself provided voiceover narration, but that gig quickly came to an end over creative differences.


  • #93. The Golden Girls
    9/ Touchstone Television

    #93. The Golden Girls

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 1985–1992

    The exploits of four elderly women living in Miami might not sound like a hit series in the making, but “The Golden Girls” nevertheless endures as one of the most classic sitcoms of all time. Bolstered by brilliant writing and the natural dynamic between its four main leads, the show remains compulsively watchable, even decades after its final air date. Fun fact: Estelle Getty plays Bea Arthur’s mother in the show, but was actually younger than Arthur in real life.


  • #92. Episodes
    10/ Showtime Networks

    #92. Episodes

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 2011–2017

    Reuniting former “Friends” actor Matt LeBlanc with former “Friends” co-creator David Crane, this comedy series puts the entertainment industry in its crosshairs, and frequently hits the bullseye over the course of five seasons. In the pilot episode, a British writer-producer couple arrives in Hollywood, where a shallow executive wants to remake their hit TV series for American audiences. And who better to star than Matt LeBlanc? Anyone, thinks the couple—not that their opinion matters.


  • #91. The Orville
    11/ 20th Century Fox Television

    #91. The Orville

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 2017–present

    Created by “Family Guy’s” Seth MacFarlane, this Fox series takes the traditional “Star Trek” premise to new and exciting places. While a light-hearted and even mischievous rapport persists between the crew members of The Orville, the series isn’t afraid to dive into dramatic territory or expound upon a number of prescient themes. According to MacFarlane, the upcoming second season finds the show really hitting its stride, balancing comedy and drama to even greater effect.


  • #90. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    12/ NBC Productions

    #90. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    IMDb user rating: 7.9

    Years on the air: 1990–1996

    Saddled with a massive tax bill from the IRS, hip-hop star Will Smith (aka Fresh Prince) signed on to this NBC sitcom and rose to the foremost ranks of television. Of course, that was merely the beginning of what would eventually become an A-list movie career. In the show, Smith moves from West Philadelphia to Bel-Air, where he influences all those around him by way of his infectious, street-savvy personality. To this day, it’s hard not to see the words “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” without hearing the catchy theme song.


  • #89. The Comeback
    13/ Home Box Office (HBO)

    #89. The Comeback

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2005–2014

    On HBO’s “The Comeback,” Lisa Kudrow stars as out-of-work actress Valerie Cherish, who undergoes all sorts of embarrassing ordeals as she tries to relaunch her career. There to catch every moment is a somewhat bewildered camera crew. While the series itself is presented as found footage from an abandoned reality show. Co-created by Kudrow and Michael Patrick King, the acclaimed show failed to land with audiences during its first season in 2005, but was nevertheless brought back for a second and final season in 2014.  


  • #88. WKRP in Cincinnati
    14/ Company Four

    #88. WKRP in Cincinnati

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 1978–1982

    In this classic sitcom, an edgy program director injects new life into a radio station when he switches the format from big band to hard rock. Among the show’s most famous episodes is “Turkeys Away,” in which station manager Mr. Carlson drops live turkeys from a helicopter to disastrous results, later declaring: “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” As if that wasn’t wild enough, the episode was reportedly inspired by a real-life incident.


  • #87. The Critic
    15/ Columbia Pictures Television

    #87. The Critic

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 1994–2001

    Featuring the voice of Jon Lovitz, this animated comedy centers on New York movie critic Jay Sherman, who never seems to like any of the films he’s reviewing. The show originally aired on ABC, but switched over to Fox for its second season. Not only did real-life critics Gene Siskel and Robert Ebert offer their take on season one, they made a guest cameo in a season two episode. Speaking of cameos, Jay Sherman himself once guest-starred on “The Simpsons,” where he hosted a film festival, and engaged in an epic belching contest with Homer.


  • #86. We Bare Bears
    16/ Cartoon Network Studios

    #86. We Bare Bears

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2014–present

    Three bears attempt to find their place in society in this popular animated series on Cartoon Network. Helping each bear along his respective way are a human named Chloe, a koala named Nom Nom, and Charlie—better known as Bigfoot. Though the three bears call themselves brothers, each one is of a different species, meaning they’re more like siblings in spirit.


  • #85. Ugly Americans
    17/ Augenblick Studios

    #85. Ugly Americans

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2010–2012

    This subversive animated series from Comedy Central takes place in an alternate version of New York City where monsters and humans coexist. As social worker Mark deals with his zombie roommate, demon boss, and succubus girlfriend, he struggles to maintain an optimistic disposition. Despite receiving high marks from the viewers who actually watched it, the show was canceled after two seasons.


  • #84. Lucky Louie
    18/ HBO Independent Productions

    #84. Lucky Louie

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2006–2007

    Comedian Louis C.K. may be making headlines for all the worst reasons these days, but back in 2006, he was a relatively obscure name with a relatively obscure show on HBO. Dubbed “Lucky Louie,” the off-kilter and short-lived sitcom chronicles the misadventures of a downbeat mechanic and his family. In one of the show’s most jaw-dropping moments, Louie appears fully nude on-screen. Suffice to say, it’s a scene that definitely hasn’t aged well.


  • #83. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
    19/ Cartoon Network

    #83. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2000–2007

    In this “Space Ghost” spin-off, former superhero Harvey Birdman reinvents himself as a third-rate attorney who mediates various legal matters between once-famous cartoon characters. Throughout most of the series, Harvey answers to crazed billionaire Phil Ken Sebben, voiced by Stephen Colbert. Although the series ended in 2007, it will return in the form of an animated special later this fall, with Colbert on-board to reprise the role.


  • #82. The Addams Family
    20/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    #82. The Addams Family

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 1964–1966

    Released the same year as “The Munsters” was this similar sitcom about a lovable, but macabre family of outsiders. Based on a cartoon series by Charles Addams, the show introduced audiences to classic characters Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch. Like “The Munsters,” “The Addams Family” only ran for two seasons, but endured well past its cancellation date. In 1991, a star-studded movie version smashed expectations at the box office, though the same couldn’t be said for the 1993 sequel.


  • #81. Schitt's Creek
    21/ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

    #81. Schitt's Creek

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2015–present

    In this tale of riches to rags, video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) goes bust and moves his family to Schitt’s Creek, a town he and his wife once purchased as a joke. Forced to rebuild their lives from the ground up, the spoiled Rose family must finally learn the true meaning of survival. The show originally aired on Canada’s CBC Network, then got picked up by the Pop Network. Starring alongside Levy are his real-life son and daughter, Dan and Sarah.  


  • #80. Undeclared
    22/ DreamWorks Television

    #80. Undeclared

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2001–2003

    On the heels of “Freaks and Geeks” came this similarly short-lived series from Judd Apatow, which likewise went on to earn a cult following. In the show, college freshman Steve Karp is poised to have the time of his life in a co-ed dorm, until his recently divorced father shows up with plans to party. To Apatow’s chagrin, Fox originally aired certain episodes out of order, with one episode never being aired at all. It’s no surprise then that the sitcom never made it past its first season. Thankfully, bigger and better things lay in wait for not just Apatow, but a number of the show’s stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, and Charlie Hunnam.


  • #79. F Is for Family
    23/ Big Jump Productions

    #79. F Is for Family

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2015–present

    Comedian Bill Burr harkens back to a simpler era in this semi-autobiographical cartoon. Set in the 1970s, the show finds Burr tackling the voice of a foul-mouthed Irish-American named Frank Murphy who lives in the suburbs with his wife and three children. Also featured are the voices of Laura Dern, Justin Long, and Sam Rockwell. Season three is scheduled to arrive on Netflix this November.


  • #78. Rocko's Modern Life
    24/ MTV Animation

    #78. Rocko's Modern Life

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 1993–1996

    An Australian wallaby named Rocko moves to the United States in this animated comedy, which aired for four seasons on Nickelodeon. Joined by a cow, a turtle, and a dog, Rocko deals with everything from troublesome vacuum cleaners to clogged toilets, all of it going down by way of a zany, surrealist aesthetic. One of the show’s animators was Stephen Hillenburg, who would go on to create “SpongeBob SquarePants.”


  • #77. Big Mouth
    25/ Danger Goldberg Productions

    #77. Big Mouth

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2017–present

    This Netflix comedy series might host a range of young cartoon characters, but it’s most definitely not suitable for children. Specifically, “Big Mouth” takes an uncompromising approach toward teenage puberty, sparing no graphic detail. Comedian Nick Kroll co-created the sitcom and provides the voice for one of its most memorable characters: Hormone Monster. Fellow comedic talents John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and Jordan Peele also lend their voices.


  • #76. Raising Hope
    26/ 20th Century Fox Television

    #76. Raising Hope

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2010–2014

    In this wacky sitcom, a man named Jimmy Bon Jovi Chance (Lucas Neff) impregnates a serial killer. He raises their baby, Hope, while the mother sits on death row. There to help is Jimmy’s oddball family, which includes his quirky mother, Virginia Slims Chance (Martha Plimpton) and great-grandmother Barbara June “Maw Maw” Thompson (Cloris Leachman).  


  • #75. Dexter's Laboratory
    27/ Cartoon Network Studios

    #75. Dexter's Laboratory

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 1996–2003

    One of Cartoon Network’s first Cartoon Cartoons, this animated series follows a boy genius named Dexter who performs experiments in his secret bedroom laboratory. Dexter’s parents may be none the wiser, but his annoying sister catches on to his antics, then tags along for a range of wacky sci-fi adventures.


  • #74. Frasier
    28/ Paramount Television

    #74. Frasier

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 1993–2004

    A former “Cheers” regular got a sitcom all his own in 1993, and the result was this highly rated award-winning series, starring Kelsey Grammer in the title role. In the show, Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, having landed a job as a radio psychiatrist. As he dispenses advice to strangers, Frasier experiences his own psychological strife, butting heads with his equally pretentious younger brother (David Hyde Pierce) and “everyman” father. A modern-day reboot is reportedly in the works.


  • #73. Weeds
    29/ Lions Gate Television

    #73. Weeds

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2005–2012

    TV legend Jenji Kohan created this hit series for Showtime, in which a desperate suburban widow (Mary-Louise Parker) resorts to pot-dealing to support her family. Like a semi-comedic predecessor to “Breaking Bad,” the show finds its protagonist coming up against a range of obstacles as she gains market share. In the process, she discovers that everyone from nearby neighbors to local politicians are privy to the occasional (or frequent) toke.


  • #72. Malcolm in the Middle
    30/ 20th Century Fox Television

    #72. Malcolm in the Middle

    IMDb user rating: 8

    Years on the air: 2000–2006

    Speaking of “Breaking Bad,” actor Bryan Cranston played the goofy patriarch of a dysfunctional family in this hit Fox series. Of course, it was star Frankie Muniz who most frequently took center stage in “Malcolm in the Middle,” commonly breaking the fourth wall as he dealt with his rambunctious brothers and kooky parents. Sadly, Muniz would later forget much of the experience due to a number of health issues.



  • #71. The Life & Times of Tim
    31/ Warner Bros. Television

    #71. The Life & Times of Tim

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 2008–2012

    Utilizing relatively stark animation, “The Life & Times of Tim” follows its hapless title character through a series of awkward New York encounters. Each episode clocked in at just 12 minutes, and commonly featured guest voices from a range of comedic talents, including Bob Saget, Jeff Garlin, Bob Odenkirk, Cheri Oteri, Aziz Ansari, and Daniel Tosh. While the show never caught on with a wide audience, it does retain a cult following.  


  • #70. The Good Guys
    32/ Fox Television Studios

    #70. The Good Guys

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 2010

    Starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as a pair of mismatched cops, this comedy-drama debuted on Fox in 2010, and was cancelled the very same year. A number of episodes start with a mundane crime, which soon unfolds into a much graver conspiracy. The show was created by Matt Nix, the same creative mind behind USA’s “Burn Notice.”  


  • #69. Galavant
    33/ ABC Studios

    #69. Galavant

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 2015–2016

    From “This is Us” creator Dan Fogelman comes this musical comedy on ABC, which put a comedic twist on the Middle Ages and only lasted two seasons before getting the axe. It tells the story of a knight named Galavant, who tries to rescue his true love, Madalena, from the evil clutches of King Richard. Neither the musical numbers nor the tongue-in-cheek tonality struck a chord with audiences, and the show continued to dive in the ratings as it progressed.  


  • #68. Daria
    34/ MTV Animation

    #68. Daria

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 1997–2001

    In this animated series, teenager Daria Morgendorffer maintains a dry, sardonic disposition while dealing with the complexities of adolescence. The character was first introduced in Mike Judge’s “Beavis & Butthead,” and named after one of Judge’s old classmates. Nevertheless, Judge was not involved in the spin-off, as he was busy working on other projects.  


  • #67. The Good Place
    35/ Universal Television

    #67. The Good Place

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 2016–present

    With a season three premiere right around the corner, now is the perfect time to catch up on or revisit this unconventional NBC comedy. Set in the afterlife, “The Good Place” follows its four main characters as they desperately try to avoid eternal damnation, resorting to every possible trick in the book. There to pull the occasional string is a demon named Michael, played by Ted Danson.


  • #66. Boy Meets World
    36/ Michael Jacobs Productions

    #66. Boy Meets World

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 1993–2000

    This once-popular ABC sitcom centers on an adolescent named Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), who experiences a range of comedic misadventures while coming of age in middle school, high school, and college. In Cory’s orbit are his best friend, Shawn, his principal and neighbor, Mr. Feeny, and his love interest, Topanga. In 2014, the Disney Channel debuted “Girl Meets World,” a follow-up featuring Cory and Topanga as a married couple chronicling the exploits of their daughter, Riley.


  • #65. Workaholics
    37/ 5th Year Productions

    #65. Workaholics

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 2011–2017

    Three inseparable slackers do everything but work in “Workaholics,” which aired on Comedy Central for seven seasons. Co-created by its three stars, Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, and Anders Holm, the series follows the trio from one harebrained scheme to the next, unleashing a bevy of crude jokes and memorable characters along the way. “Gotta be fresh,” goes the theme song, and for the most part, the show abides.


  • #64. Bob's Burgers
    38/ Bento Box Entertainment

    #64. Bob's Burgers

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 2011–present

    This animated series centers on the oddball Belcher family and their fledgling burger joint. The sitcom goes big on personality and usually concludes with a musical number during the end credits. A running gag is Bob’s “Burger of the Day,” which offers a play on words like the “Rest in Peas Burger,” the “Olive and Let Die Burger,” and so on. It was co-created by Loren Bouchard, who was previously co-creator of Cartoon Network’s “Home Movies.”


  • #63. SpongeBob SquarePants
    39/ Nickelodeon Animation Studios

    #63. SpongeBob SquarePants

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 1999–present

    Combining impressive animation skills with a background in marine biology, Stephen Hillenburg created “SpongeBob SquarePants” and subsequently fried children’s brains, according to one study. Alarmist studies notwithstanding, the show about a talking sea sponge and his wacky friends remains a bona fide smash hit, complete with widespread merchandising, a range of video games, and two feature film adaptations. The original series is currently in the midst of its 11th season, while a third movie is slated for release in 2020.   


  • #62. Married with Children
    40/ Columbia Pictures Television

    #62. Married with Children

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 1986–1997

    The sitcom that arguably put Fox on the map, “Married with Children” boldly went where its contemporaries wouldn’t dare venture. While the crude exploits of shoe salesman Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) and his unfathomably shallow family might seem tame by today’s standards, the comedy was quite revolutionary for its time. During its early days, the show struggled to reach a wide audience, but after Michigan housewife Terry Rakolta organized a public boycott, ratings shot through the roof. For better or worse, TV has never been quite the same.


  • #61. That '70s Show
    41/ 20th Century Fox Television

    #61. That '70s Show

    IMDb user rating: 8.1

    Years on the air: 1998–2006

    “Hanging out, down the street!” So goes the opening song for this Fox sitcom, which accordingly follows a group of Wisconsin friends as they hang out in the street, in the basement, in bedrooms, and anywhere else where their parents can’t find them. It all goes down in the 1970s, hence the name, the clothes, the hairstyles, and the interior decorations. Bringing the premise even further to life are a number of future stars, including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Topher Grace. In an effort to capitalize on the show’s success, Fox released a spiritual successor, “That ‘80s Show” which landed with a dull thud.   


  • #60. Soap
    42/ Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions

    #60. Soap

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 1977–1981

    Poking brutal fun at daytime soap operas, this ABC sitcom serializes two concurrent family sagas, taking over-the-top melodrama to hilarious extremes. Accordingly, there was no premise too ridiculous throughout the show’s four seasons, not even alien abduction. Starring in a recurring role is a young Billy Crystal.


  • #59. Sledge Hammer!
    43/ D'Angelo Productions

    #59. Sledge Hammer!

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 1986–1988

    Satirizing American gun culture and crime dramas like “Dirty Harry,” this cult comedy from the mid-'80s centers on a deranged cop named Sledge Hammer, who thinks extreme violence is pretty much the answer to everything. Despite running for a mere two seasons, the series retained a loyal fan base known as “hammerheads.” Here’s hoping those hammerheads are still out there, as talks of a modern-day reboot are in the works.


  • #58. Clone High
    44/ Music Television (MTV)

    #58. Clone High

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2002–2003

    Co-created by Bill Lawrence, as well as Phil Lord and Christopher Miller—who would go on to helm films like “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie”—this animated comedy puts some of history’s most famous figures in the same high school. Thanks to a secret cloning experiment, Abe Lincoln, JFK, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Gandhi interact as 16-year-olds, and grapple with modern-day issues like ADD and unrequited romance.


  • #57. Mary Tyler Moore
    45/ MTM Enterprises

    #57. Mary Tyler Moore

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 1970–1977

    In this popular sitcom, Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) moves to Minneapolis in the wake of a bad break-up. After landing a job at a local news station, Mary struggles to stand out in a world dominated by males. Co-created by James L. Brooks, the sitcom explores themes of feminine empowerment and sexism from a sharp and comedic perspective. To this day, it’s won the most Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.     


  • #56. One Day at a Time
    46/ Act III Productions

    #56. One Day at a Time

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2017–present

    Streaming giant Netflix isn’t exactly known for traditional sitcoms, but “One Day at a Time” ranks among the few exceptions. Inspired by a previous show of the same name, the acclaimed series puts three generations of a Cuban-American family under one roof, paving the way for all sorts of heartwarming comedy. TV veteran Normal Lea—who co-created the original sitcom upon which this one is based—serves as a writer and executive producer.  


  • #55. Legit
    47/ FX Productions

    #55. Legit

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2013–2014

    After premiering on FX, then trying its luck on FXX, this vulgar-but-earnest comedy from Jim Jefferies was canceled due to low ratings. Over the course of two acclaimed seasons, Jefferies and his friends set out to discover what it means to be a good person, though their approach isn’t exactly wholesome by traditional standards. Nowadays, the Australian comedian can be found over on Comedy Central, where he hosts a weekly talk show.


  • #54. Home Movies
    48/ Cartoon Network

    #54. Home Movies

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 1999–2004

    In this animated series, an aspiring 8-year-old director casts his friends in numerous homemade films. After a brief run on the UPN Network, the show was revived by Cartoon Network, where it became part of the original Adult Swim lineup. Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin and co-creator Loren Bouchard would later reunite on “Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil,” and “Bob’s Burgers.”


  • #53. The Amazing World of Gumball
    49/ Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe

    #53. The Amazing World of Gumball

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2011–present

    Still going strong is this award-winning series on Cartoon Network, which takes place in the fictional town of Elmore and chronicles the adventures of a blue cat named Gumball. Over the course of six seasons, the show has undergone a number of stylistic changes in terms of aesthetic and tone alike. Additionally, it employs a range of visual styles within a given episode, including CGI, live-action, stop-motion, puppetry, and traditional animation.


  • #52. You're the Worst
    50/ Hooptie Entertainment

    #52. You're the Worst

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2014–present

    What begins as a one-night stand becomes something borderline romantic in this inventive series, which mixes comedy and drama to superb effect. Indeed, by exploring the toxic relationship between its two cynical leads, “You’re the Worst” vicariously tackles a range of modern themes. The first four seasons aired on FX, while the fifth and final season will debut on FXX later this year.  


  • #51. Better Off Ted
    51/ 20th Century Fox Television

    #51. Better Off Ted

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2009–2010

    Set in a ruthless corporation where employees are treated like guinea pigs, this acclaimed series pokes fun at everything from American greed to the sitcom format itself. At the center of it all is Ted, an upper-level manager who tries to keep his soul intact while serving at the behest of his superiors. Despite being highly regarded by viewers and critics alike, the show didn’t make it past two seasons.   


  • #50. The Goldbergs
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    #50. The Goldbergs

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2013–present

    Based on the childhood experiences of creator Adam Goldberg, this ABC sitcom presents young Adam and his family in all their eccentric glory. Not only does the series bring the 1980s to life, it even authentically reproduces Adam’s old bedroom, complete with the original posters. Providing narration as present-day Adam is comedian Patton Oswalt.


  • #49. Veep
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    #49. Veep

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2012–present

    Bolstered by laser-sharp dialogue, HBO’s “Veep” takes viewers inside the White House, where even the slightest faux pas can prompt a domestic or international crisis. Playing Vice President (turned President, turned former President) Selina Meyer to perfection is actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who continues to dispel the myth of a “Seinfeld” curse. A seventh and final season is set to air next spring.  


  • #48. 30 Rock
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    #48. 30 Rock

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2006–2013

    Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, this celebrated sitcom from Tina Fey takes place behind the scenes at a sketch comedy show in the mold of “Saturday Night Live." Thanks to brilliant writing and a talented cast, the show slings jokes at the speed of sound. Starring alongside Fey are Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, and Jane Krakowski, each of whom brings a distinct personality to the table.  


  • #47. Family Guy
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    #47. Family Guy

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 1998–present

    Saved from cancellation not once, but twice, Seth MacFarlane’s animated series now endures as a mainstay on the Fox network and in popular culture alike. Despite an opening theme song that laments the decline of old-fashioned values, “Family Guy” delivers an endless supply of raunchy jokes and morally bankrupt characters, skewering the traditional sitcom format. Season 17 starts in the fall.


  • #46. The Big Bang Theory
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    #46. The Big Bang Theory

    IMDb user rating: 8.2

    Years on the air: 2007–present

    Now coming up on its 12th and final season, “The Big Bang Theory” remains a veritable ratings juggernaut, and one that expertly blends old-school formulas with modern themes. Co-created by sitcom wizard Chuck Lorre, the show follows a group of self-professed geeks and their respective girlfriends as they bicker about everything big and small, and occasionally solve the universe’s greatest riddles. For millions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to Sheldon and the gang in 2019.   


  • #45. The Larry Sanders Show
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    #45. The Larry Sanders Show

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1992–1998

    This legendary series from the late Garry Shandling takes viewers behind the scenes of a fictional late night talk show. Eschewing a laugh track and conventional sitcom beats in favor of stark realism, the show influenced a slew of subsequent comedies. Featured throughout the course of five seasons is an endless array of celebrity cameos, though David Duchovny manages to stand out from the herd.


  • #44. The Dick Van Dyke Show
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    #44. The Dick Van Dyke Show

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1961–1966

    The last sitcom to be shot in black and white, this certifiable classic stars Dick Van Dyke as a popular TV writer and Mary Tyler Moore his wife. The two made for such a convincing couple that a large number of viewers thought they were married in real life. Comedy legend Carl Reiner created the show and appears in 32 episodes.



  • #43. The Adventures of Pete & Pete
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    #43. The Adventures of Pete & Pete

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1992–1996

    Two red-headed brothers both named Pete are the subject of this quirky sitcom, which ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons. Originally based on a series of one-minute shorts, the show takes place in the fictional town of Wellsville, and features regular appearances from Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Kate Pierson from the B-52s. Thanks to a distinct surrealist aesthetic, “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” appealed to kids and adults alike, and retains a cult following two decades after its final air date.


  • #42. Get Smart
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    #42. Get Smart

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1965–1970

    Decades before the lackluster film adaptation was this riotous TV comedy from co-creator Mel Brooks. Based on a short-lived comic book series, “Get Smart” provides a farcical alternative to the James Bond franchise or shows like “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” In the series, bumbling Agent 86 and efficient Agent 99 take on KAOS, an evil organization continually bent on world domination.


  • #41. The Andy Griffith Show
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    #41. The Andy Griffith Show

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1960–1968

    A hunky-dory whistle sets the tone for this classic 1960s TV show, about a small-town sheriff (Andy Griffith) who seems to deal with everything but actual crime in the town of Mayberry. Even though Griffith didn’t create the show, it’s said that Mayberry was inspired by his original hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Featured in the cast is a young Ron Howard.


  • #40. All in the Family
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    #40. All in the Family

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1971–1979

    Shows like “Married with Children,” “Family Guy,” or even “The Simpsons” probably wouldn’t exist if not for this groundbreaking sitcom from the 1970s. Created by Norman Lear, “All in the Family” introduces audiences to Archie Bunker, a disgruntled bigot who’s always willing to share his myopic views. More than ahead of its time, this acclaimed series transformed the TV landscape forever.


  • #39. Grace and Frankie
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    #39. Grace and Frankie

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2015–present

    This well-received dramedy series from Netflix stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie, two long-standing rivals who must seek common ground when it turns out their husbands are in love with one another. It comes to viewers from co-creator Marta Kauffman, previous co-creator of a little show called “Friends.” Season five is slated to kick off in 2019.  


  • #38. Regular Show
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    #38. Regular Show

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2009–2017

    Created by J.G. Quintel, this animated series commonly uses mundane scenarios as a gateway to a slew of surrealist adventures. At the heart of the action are a blue jay named Mordecai and a squirrel named Rigby, who tend the grounds at a local park. When establishing the world of “Regular Show,” Quintel reimagined characters he’d originally created for a now-famous short film, “2 in the AM PM.”  


  • #37. Party Down
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    #37. Party Down

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2009–2010

    Struggling actors work at a catering company to make ends meet in this cult classic from Rob Thomas, who would go on to create shows like “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie.” Fortified by clever writing and a number of celebrity cameos, the show extracted terrific situational comedy out of its somewhat banal premise. Due to abysmal ratings, “Party Down” was cancelled after two seasons, but it still enjoys a loyal following to this day.


  • #36. The Wonder Years
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    #36. The Wonder Years

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 1988–1993

    Blending comedy and drama to brilliant effect, “The Wonder Years” takes place during the late 1960s and early 1970s, following young Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) as he comes of age against a backdrop of cultural upheaval. Narrated by Kevin’s adult self, the show explores themes of love and friendship through a particularly heartwarming lens. Indeed, one doesn’t need to have grown up during Kevin’s time in order to feel empathetic—or even nostalgic—when watching this hit ABC series.


  • #35. The League
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    #35. The League

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2009–2015

    In this endlessly quotable sitcom, a group of friends go to ridiculous extremes while squaring off over fantasy football. The series debuted on FX, then moved over to FXX from 2013 to 2015. In the vein of shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” every episode of “The League” works off of an incomplete script, letting each cast member fill in the rest by way of improvisation.



  • #34. Eastbound & Down
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    #34. Eastbound & Down

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2009–2013

    Former baseball legend Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) returns to his hometown and lands a job as gym teacher in this outrageous HBO comedy series. Co-created by McBride, “Eastbound & Down” is essentially a showcase for his character’s singular brand of misguided machismo. Despite wrapping up years ago, the series continues to earn new fans, and with good reason.


  • #33. Extras
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    #33. Extras

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2005–2007

    Ricky Gervais co-created and stars in this award-winning sitcom, about a man named Andy Millman and his hapless search for movie stardom. It aired concurrently on HBO and BBC Two, and accordingly straddles the line between British and American humor. Included throughout the show’s 13-episode run, which includes a 90-minute Christmas special, are too many celebrity cameos too count.


  • #32. Master of None
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    #32. Master of None

    IMDb user rating: 8.3

    Years on the air: 2015–present

    Comedian Aziz Ansari explores everything from modern romance to cultural divides in this popular Netflix series. Not only does Ansari play a fictionalized version of himself in the show, he even cast his real-life mom and dad as the parents of his character. For those wondering about season three, Netflix claims it’s ready when Ansari is.


  • #31. I Love Lucy
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    #31. I Love Lucy

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 1951–1957

    Easily one of the most influential and enduring sitcoms of all time, “I Love Lucy” stars Lucille Ball as the title character, a scheming housewife with big dreams of stardom. With help from friends, Lucy engages in a countless number of ill-fated shenanigans, to the chagrin of her bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo (played by real-life husband Desi Arnaz). It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to suggest that “I Love Lucy” both pioneered and perfected the sitcom format, or that Desi Arnaz invented the rerun. More than 60 years later, the show remains an absolute masterclass in comedy.


  • #30. Broad City
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    #30. Broad City

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 2014–present

    In 2014, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson adapted their popular web series for Comedy Central, and this thoroughly modern TV show was born. Starring Glazer and Jacobson as their barely tweaked alter-egos, the show follows its wild leads on a range of unpredictable adventures throughout their beloved New York City. Comedian Hannibal Buress guest stars.  


  • #29. The Boondocks
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    #29. The Boondocks

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 2005–2014

    Based on a controversial comic strip of the same name, this equally controversial Adult Swim cartoon centers on the Freemans, a black family who moves into an all-white neighborhood. Rife with social commentary, the show pulls no punches in its depiction of various cultures, classes, stereotypes, and viewpoints. It was created by Aaron McGruder, whose presence was missed in the fourth and final season.


  • #28. Blue Mountain State
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    #28. Blue Mountain State

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 2010–2011

    True to its demographic (i.e. Spike Channel viewers), “Blue Mountain State” follows a group of college freshman football players as they get hazed, flirt with girls, crush skulls on the field, and turn in the occasional homework assignment. After three short seasons, the show was abruptly cancelled, leaving its fans clamoring for more. In response, series co-creator Eric Falconer crowdsourced funding for a movie, which debuted on Netflix.


  • #27. M*A*S*H
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    #27. M*A*S*H

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 1972–1983

    Set during the Korean War, this iconic dramedy series finds humor in the most unlikely of places: the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (aka M.A.S.H.). Here, the witty doctors rely on laughter in order to escape from the death and destruction surrounding them. The beloved sitcom connected with so many viewers that a record 106 million people tuned in for the finale.


  • #26. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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    #26. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 2013–present

    “Law. Without the order.” So goes the tagline for this idiosyncratic comedy, which stars Andy Samberg as immature but skilled NYPD detective Jake Peralta. When not butting heads with his superior, or hitting on his co-worker, Peralta is known to be quite the crime-solver. Despite a loyal fanbase, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was cancelled by Fox last year. However, to the delight of those very same fans, the comedy was then picked up by NBC. Season six is expected to start in 2019.  


  • #25. Scrubs
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    #25. Scrubs

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 2001–2010

    This popular comedy goes down in Sacred Heart Hospital, where Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian (Zach Braff) deals with crazy patients and co-workers alike. Distinguished by its hyperkinetic style, each episode weaves multiple storylines together at breakneck speed, even taking the occasional dive into Dorian’s subconscious. The series aired on NBC for its first eight seasons, and ABC for its last two.


  • #24. How I Met Your Mother
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    #24. How I Met Your Mother

    IMDb user rating: 8.4

    Years on the air: 2005–2014

    The story of how a man named Ted met the mother of his two kids provides the basis for this highly rated CBS sitcom. That said, the show primarily chronicles the comedic exploits of five best friends, while throwing in a clever mystery in for good measure. Meanwhile, some fans wondered if Ted was in fact an unreliable narrator, implying that the events and characters weren’t being depicted accurately. According to Neil Patrick Harris‚ who played a womanizer named Barney in the series—it’s a totally plausible theory.  


  • #23. Police Squad!
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    #23. Police Squad!

    IMDb user rating: 8.5

    Years on the air: 1982

    This slapstick series stars Leslie Nielsen as bumbling Det. Frank Drebin, and pokes fun at police procedurals. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled by ABC after a mere four episodes—though six episodes were filmed—as 1982 audiences weren’t necessarily adjusted to its fast-paced delivery. Creators Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker had the last laugh, however, when they released a successful big-screen follow-up, “The Naked Gun,” in 1988.


  • #22. BoJack Horseman
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    #22. BoJack Horseman

    IMDb user rating: 8.5

    Years on the air: 2014–present

    A show that seems to improve with every season, “BoJack Horseman” tells the story of a washed up TV actor of the equine variety, who’s eager to reclaim his former glory. As he flounders around Hollywood, BoJack complains about everything under the sun, and battles all sorts of personal demons. In the process, the show itself holds up a harsh, albeit humorous, mirror to the entertainment industry. Season five starts later this month.


  • #21. Entourage
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    #21. Entourage

    IMDb user rating: 8.5

    Years on the air: 2004–2011

    Like a male-centric answer to “Sex and the City,” HBO’s “Entourage” follows movie star Vincent Chase and his crew as they pursue the Hollywood dream, one conquest at a time. Lurking just beyond the million-dollar movie deals, fancy cars, and gorgeous women, however, is an unforgiving industry that seems ready to chew Vinnie up and spit him out at the drop of his next clunker. There to make sure it doesn’t happen is super-agent Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven.  


  • #20. Community
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    #20. Community

    IMDb user rating: 8.5

    Years on the air: 2009–2015

    Loosely inspired by his own experiences, Dan Harmon created this NBC cult comedy about a former lawyer who’s forced to enroll in community college. There, he meets a group of wacky friends and forms a small community within the larger one. The show pushed numerous creative boundaries, earning heaps of acclaim as a result, even if it never quite caught on with a large audience. Included in the star-studded cast are Donald Glover, Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, and Alison Brie.


  • #19. Futurama
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    #19. Futurama

    IMDb user rating: 8.5

    Years on the air: 1999–2013

    From Matt Groening of “The Simpsons” fame comes this animated comedy series, in which a pizza boy named Fry is accidentally frozen and wakes up 2,000 years into the future. After the culture shock wears off, Fry befriends a group of misfits, including an alcoholic robot named Bender, and a one-eyed spaceship captain named Turanga Leela. After an initial run on Fox from 1999–2003, the show was resurrected by Comedy Central from 2008 to 2013.


  • #18. Modern Family
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    #18. Modern Family

    IMDb user rating: 8.5

    Years on the air: 2009–present

    Utilizing a mockumentary style format, this ABC sitcom explores family dynamics in the modern age, hence the name. An instant success when it debuted in 2009, the series continues to balance heavy themes with lighthearted comedy, though most fans would argue its best days are behind it. Perhaps the upcoming season 10—which premieres later this month—will prove otherwise.  


  • #17. Flight of the Conchords
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    #17. Flight of the Conchords

    IMDb user rating: 8.6

    Years on the air: 2007–2009

    This acclaimed HBO series follows New Zealand’s “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-fun-comedy folk duo” as it tries to break through in America. The show was co-created by Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, who play fictional versions of themselves and improvise many of the best lines. After getting off to a slow start, “Flight of the Conchords” had become a veritable cult sensation by the time it wrapped.


  • #16. Adventure Time
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    #16. Adventure Time

    IMDb user rating: 8.6

    Years on the air: 2010–2018

    For the legions of loyal fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to “Adventure Time,” which delivered its final episode on Labor Day. Set in the Land of Ooo, the animated series pits a boy named Finn and his shape-shifting dog, Jake, against a range of sympathetic villains. It all comes to life by way of stunning animation and surprisingly complex character development. An average episode clocks in at 11 minutes, and doesn’t waste a single second.


  • #15. Louie
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    #15. Louie

    IMDb user rating: 8.6

    Years on the air: 2010–2015

    Equal parts disturbing, revealing, depressing, and hilarious, “Louie” walks a mile in the shoes of stand-up comic Louis C.K., as he fumbles his way through life. Given recent revelations about the comedian, it’s hard not to view certain episodes or moments as being perhaps a little too candid, yet that was also part of the show’s initial appeal. In summary: proceed with caution.   


  • #14. Silicon Valley
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    #14. Silicon Valley

    IMDb user rating: 8.6

    Years on the air: 2014–present

    Set in the rapidly changing world of tech, this HBO sitcom follows computer programmer Richard Hendricks as he tries to stay afloat. Even when the show isn’t capturing the zeitgeist, it’s still usually doling out a solid 28 minutes of entertainment. Meanwhile, co-creator Mike Judge is both a seasoned TV veteran and a former Silicon Valley engineer. Between that and the copious amounts of research performed by Judge and his team before each season, “Silicon Valley” manages to deliver a striking amount of authenticity.   


  • #13. Parks and Recreation
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    #13. Parks and Recreation

    IMDb user rating: 8.6

    Years on the air: 2009–2015

    Set in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, this mockumentary-style sitcom chronicles the humorous exploits of various public officials. To give the show an authentic vibe, creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur had assistants perform extensive amounts of research at local municipalities. In the wake of a poorly received first season, “Parks and Recreation” was restructured for season two, which helped win over scores of critics, even if it never amounted to big ratings. Included in the cast are Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and Rob Lowe.


  • #12. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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    #12. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    IMDb user rating: 8.7

    Years on the air: 2017–present

    “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is the brains behind this series on Amazon Prime, in which a 1950s housewife named Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) pursues a career in stand-up comedy. By the end of the first season, Midge sees her career in a state of downfall after she publicly lambasts a popular female comedian. Will she be able to recover in season two? Thankfully, it won’t be too long before audiences find out.  


  • #11. Curb Your Enthusiasm
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    #11. Curb Your Enthusiasm

    IMDb user rating: 8.7

    Years on the air: 2000–present

    “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David brings his particular brand of comedy to this uproarious HBO series, which finds him playing a slightly fictionalized version of himself. Impervious to the norms of society, David manages to turn even the most mundane situation into a showdown of epic proportion. Behind the scenes, a talented cast of comedians use their improvisational skills to make the magic happen. Season 10 can’t come soon enough.


  • #10. Archer
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    #10. Archer

    IMDb user rating: 8.7

    Years on the air: 2009–present

    When the characters in this animated comedy aren’t squabbling over petty issues, they’re out uncovering conspiracies and catching bad guys. For the most part, however, they’re squabbling over petty issues. As for Archer himself, he would make for quite the talented spy, were he not so frequently distracted by alcohol, women, his mother, interoffice politics, or some combination of the above. Needless to say, it all makes for essential viewing.  


  • #9. South Park
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    #9. South Park

    IMDb user rating: 8.7

    Years on the air: 1997–present

    There’s no subject too sacred for this hit animated series, which takes place in the downright bonkers town of South Park, Colorado. Following the adventures of its four foul-mouthed protagonists—Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Kenny—the show continues to deliver biting satire after 20 years. To think, it all began with a naughty Christmas card.  


  • #8. The Simpsons
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    #8. The Simpsons

    IMDb user rating: 8.7

    Years on the air: 1989–present

    Here’s a show so influential and comprehensive that “The Simpsons did it” endures as a popular meme—thanks to “South Park,” that is. Indeed, for its first nine seasons in particular, this animated Fox comedy skewered society, pushed boundaries, and basically reinvented television for the modern era. Meanwhile, the love and devotion between each member of Springfield’s Simpson family remains palpable, giving the show an earnest core. That this wildly inventive sitcom recently became the longest-running scripted series on primetime TV feels secondary to its previous cultural accomplishments.


  • #7. Freaks and Geeks
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    #7. Freaks and Geeks

    IMDb user rating: 8.8

    Years on the air: 1999–2000

    The quintessential cult comedy, “Freaks and Geeks” aired for just one season before being canceled, subsequently earning itself an incredibly loyal fanbase. In the show, an intelligent girl and her younger brother navigate the complex world of high school with help from a group of outsiders. Even though a disproportionate number of cast members went on to enjoy wildly successful careers, at least a few of them wish the series would have lasted longer. In fact, Seth Rogen claims he once cornered a former NBC executive and took him to task over the premature cancellation.  


  • #6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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    #6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    IMDb user rating: 8.8

    Years on the air: 2005–present

    What began as an $85-spec pilot is now a bona fide comedy sensation which just kicked off its 13th season. The show is “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” about a group of sociopathic friends who try to run an Irish pub, but mostly just engage in a bunch of completely harebrained schemes. It first aired on FX, then moved to FXX in 2013.


  • #5. The Office
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    #5. The Office

    IMDb user rating: 8.8

    Years on the air: 2005–2013

    The gold standard among mockumentary-style sitcoms, this NBC series adapted a Ricky Gervais comedy for American audiences, and struck a major chord in the process. While the everyday exploits of a paper company may not sound like the stuff of timeless comedy, a group of memorable characters and endless stream of guest actors made it work for nine seasons.  


  • #4. Seinfeld
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    #4. Seinfeld

    IMDb user rating: 8.9

    Years on the air: 1989–1998

    Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, this iconic series upended the sitcom format at every turn, in part thanks to a strict “no hugging, no learning” policy. Chronicling the misadventures of four selfish New York friends, the show got off to a slow start, then launched into the ratings stratosphere during its fourth season. In the time since, the series hasn’t lost an ounce of its comedic luster, which helps explain why Hulu recently dropped more than $100 million for streaming rights. Along with “The Simpsons,” “Seinfeld” is arguably the most influential TV comedy of the modern era.


  • #3. Arrested Development
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    #3. Arrested Development

    IMDb user rating: 8.9

    Years on the air: 2003–present

    In the wake of his father’s arrest, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) finds himself tethered to his aloof, wealthy family in this wild comedy, which was canceled by Fox after three seasons, and then picked up by Netflix. In order to distinguish itself from standard sitcom fare, “Arrested Development” relies on a slew of stylistic devices, including voice-over narration by co-creator Ron Howard, time jumps, flashbacks, self-referential jokes, cutaways, and much more. Liza Minnelli delivers a reliably funny guest performance as family matriarch Lucille Bluth’s arch-rival (also named Lucille).


  • #2. Friends
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    #2. Friends

    IMDb user rating: 8.9

    Years on the air: 1994–2004

    NBC’s “Friends”—about the exploits of six BFFs living in New York City—is about as close to perfect as a modern traditionally formulated sitcom can get. Carried by impeccable writing and an infectious cast, the series invokes extreme levels of viewer engagement. One might even suggest that the undivided loyalty between Rachel, Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler, and Phoebe solidifies the bond between the show and its audience. Sealing the deal is an endless supply of brilliant gags.


  • #1. Rick and Morty
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    #1. Rick and Morty

    IMDb user rating: 9.3

    Years on the air: 2013–present

    The intergalactic misadventures of a boy named Morty and his alcoholic grandpa Rick continue to take the world by storm. It’s then no wonder that Adult Swim recently ordered a whopping 70 new episodes of “Rick and Morty” from co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Like its two intrepid explorers—or at least one of them—the show remains committed to pushing the boundaries of its own potential. As a result, viewers simply never know what they’re going to get with any given episode. They just know it’ll be wildly inventive, and laugh-out-loud funny.


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