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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • #40. All in the Family (1971–1979)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 13,425
    - Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

    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. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 25,637
    - Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

    Based on a controversial comic strip of the same name, this equally controversial Adult Swim cartoon centers on the Freemans, a Black family that 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. The show's four seasons were spread out over nine years. Creator Aaron McGruder's presence was missed in the final season. A revival series is slated for release in the fall of 2020.

  • #38. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 33,076
    - Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

    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.

  • #37. Grace and Frankie (2015– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 36,027
    - Stars: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

    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. The show came to viewers from co-creator Marta Kauffman, previous co-creator of a little show called “Friends.”

  • #36. Veep (2012–2019)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 42,253
    - Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott

    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.

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  • #35. Blue Mountain State (2010–2011)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 47,443
    - Stars: Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano, Ed Marinaro

    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.

  • #34. Extras (2005–2007)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 51,404
    - Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

    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.

  • #33. Master of None (2015– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 62,480
    - Stars: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Noël Wells

    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.

  • #32. Scrubs (2001–2010)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 231,340
    - Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley

    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.

  • #31. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 576,017
    - Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

    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.  

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