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)
7. Futurama (great humor, political satire, twisted alien worlds and weird but funny future with some truly poignant moments)
10. Archer (the coolest animated spy sitcom ever)
12. According to Jim
16. The Simpsons
17. Family Guy
19. King of the Hill
21. Cheers (10 person main cast, everyone funny; NORM!)
22. Frasier (said to be one of the most succesfull spin-offs)
24. Modern Family (very unconventional but subtle and seriously funny)
25. Mike & Molly
27. The Cosby Show (Bill Cosby, what else)
30. Dharma & Greg
31. Black Books (Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey)
34. Yes, Dear
36. ’Til Death
39. 2 Broke Girls
40. Anger Management
41. Red Dwarf
44. My Wife and Kids
45. 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:
Just Shoot Me
Rules of Engagement
Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23
Keeping Up Appearances
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Married… with Children
The Michael J Fox Show