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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • #30. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 7,228
    - Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn

    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.

  • #29. Police Squad! -1982

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 15,148
    - Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton, Ed Williams

    This slapstick series stars Leslie Nielsen as bumbling Det. Frank Drebin, and pokes fun at police procedurals. Unfortunately, the show was canceled 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.

  • #28. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 21,399
    - Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

    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.

  • #27. Broad City (2014–2019)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 25,170
    - Stars: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro

    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.

  • #26. Regular Show (2009–2017)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 27,717
    - Stars: J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin, Mark Hamill

    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.”  

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  • #25. Schitt's Creek (2015–2020)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 34,888
    - Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy

    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.  

  • #24. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 48,780
    - Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

    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.

  • #23. Entourage (2004–2011)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 155,625
    - Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

    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.

  • #22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 195,272
    - Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

    “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 canceled by Fox and subsequently picked up by NBC.

  • #21. Futurama (1999–2013)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 207,357
    - Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

    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.

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