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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • #20. Modern Family (2009–2020)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - IMDb user votes: 330,603
    - Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

    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 managed to balance heavy themes with lighthearted comedy.

  • #19. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - IMDb user votes: 53,439
    - Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

    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.

  • #18. Louie (2010–2015)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - IMDb user votes: 73,010
    - Stars: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, Pamela Adlon

    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.   

  • #17. Silicon Valley (2014–2019)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - IMDb user votes: 119,319
    - Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr

    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.

  • #16. Community (2009–2015)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - IMDb user votes: 195,366
    - Stars: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase

    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.

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  • #15. Adventure Time (2010–2018)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb user votes: 72,160
    - Stars: John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch

    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.

  • #14. Archer (2009– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb user votes: 131,899
    - Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell

    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.  

  • #13. Parks and Recreation (2009–2020)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - IMDb user votes: 197,694
    - Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

    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.

  • #12. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.7
    - IMDb user votes: 68,665
    - Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle

    “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. The show has won around a dozen awards and appears to ony get better with age.

  • #11. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.7
    - IMDb user votes: 96,679
    - Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

    “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 uses improvisational skills to make the magic happen.

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