Best Sitcoms

What the best sitcom has to have to be on this list? Great roles with perfectly suited actors, unique setting and lots and lots of jokes and funny situations. Also You should consider interaction between main cast. I solemnly recommend all of the sitcoms below.

 

1. That 70’s Show (All the caracters were great, setting was the coolest, funny gags and situations, only shame it ended so soon)

2. The Drew Carey Show (great roles by Drew Carey, Lewis by Ryan Stiles, Oswald by Diedrich Bader with constant jokes by these three together)

3. Taxi (has at least 3 totally unique and greatest roles in sitcom history: Louie De Palma by Danny DeVito, Latka Gravas by Andy Kaufman and Reverend Jim ‘Iggy’ Ignatowski by Christopher Lloyd)

4. Friends

5. Two and a Half Men (Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, and a kid that grew a bit to fast)

6. Spin City (Michael J. Fox and later Charlie Sheen)

7. Futurama (great humor, political satire, twisted alien worlds and weird but funny future with some truly poignant moments)

8. Fawlty Towers (well what can be said more: John Cleese!)

9. Married… with Children (primitive & vulgar, classic & funny sitcom about a dysfunctional family, Father of all sitcoms)

10. The Big Bang Theory (Jim Parsons is the centrepiece of the show)

11. Mr. Bean (such short and mainly physical sitcom so high up the ladder, true talent of Rowan Atkinson)

12. Everybody Loves Raymond

13. Archer (the coolest animated spy sitcom ever)

14. M*A*S*H (to start with Hawkeye (Alan Alda) add some cool characters and sprinkle with some Radar (Gary Burghoff))

15. According to Jim

16. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Mother of all sitcoms)

17. Rules of Engagement

18. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

19. Wings

20. The Simpsons

21. Family Guy

22. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

23. Rick and Morty

24. King of the Hill

25. American Dad! (Roger by Some Alien)

26. Cheers (8 person main cast, everyone funny; NORM!)

27. Frasier (said to be one of the most succesfull spin-offs: true)

28. Malcolm in the middle

29. Modern Family (very unconventional but subtle and seriously funny)

30. Mike & Molly

31. Seinfeld (very funny chracters but the best is wacky neighbor Cosmo Kramer by Michael Richards)

32. The Cosby Show (Bill Cosby, what else)

33. Blackadder (apart from 1st season the rest is a delight by Rowan Atkinson and Baldrick by Tony Robinson)

34. Unsupervised

35. Dharma & Greg

36. Black Books (Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey)

37. Legit

38. The New Adventures of Old Christine

39. My Family

40. Thin Blue Line

41. Tripping The Rift

42. Yes, Dear

43. Two Guys and a Girl

44. ’Til Death

45. ALF

46. 3rd Rock from the Sun

47. Just Shoot Me!

48. 2 Broke Girls

49. Anger Management

50. Red Dwarf

51. Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23. Very weird/original sitcom

52. The King of Queens

53. How I Met Your Mother (Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson)

54. My Wife and Kids

55. Mr. Sunshine

56. Satisfaction (some originality with weird characters)

57. Joey

58. That 80’s Show. Well, ironic isn’t it?

 

Let’s consider what key elements make a great sitcom.

Witty main character. He has to make every situation ito a joke. Best examples are Michael from My Wife and Kids, Chandler from Friends, Brian from Wings, Drew from Drew Carey Show. We can also count an actual comedian Jerry from Seinfeld.

Lovable dummy. Take for example Lowell from Wings, Joey from Friends, Kelso from That 70’s Show or Lewis/Oswald combo from Drew Carrey Show. Sometimes the lovable dummy characer is more subtle like Radar from M*A*S*H. Coach/Woody in Cheers. Blake in M*A*S*H.

Lovable wacko. Needless to mention Kramer from Seinfeld, Phoebie from Friends, Latka and Reverend Jim from Taxi, Lilith from Cheers, Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.

Un-lovable pain in the a… Burns in M*A*S*H, Burns in The Spimpsons, Red in That’s 70’s Show, Louie De Palma from Taxi.

Setting. Usual setting, living room couch and partly kitchen. Bar/caffé or work place gives more freedom and creates more interactions with non-main characters. Field hospital in the 50’s or Eric’s basement in the 70’s are examples of non-standard setting both with location and time-setting.

Soon to be added:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

 

Also considered:

Parks and Recreation
All in the Family
30 Rock
I Love Lucy
Arrested Development
The Nanny
The Office
South Park
Keeping Up Appearances

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Roseanne
The Michael J Fox Show
Home Improvement