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

10. Everybody Loves Raymond

10. Archer (the coolest animated spy sitcom ever)

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

12. According to Jim

13. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

14. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

15. Wings

16. The Simpsons

17. Family Guy

18. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

19. King of the Hill

20. American Dad! (Roger by Some Alien)

21. Cheers (10 person main cast, everyone funny; NORM!)

22. Frasier (said to be one of the most succesfull spin-offs)

23. Malcolm in the middle

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

25. Mike & Molly

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

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

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

29. Unsupervised

30. Dharma & Greg

31. Black Books (Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey)

32. Legit

33. The New Adventures of Old Christine 

33. Tripping The Rift

34. Yes, Dear

35. Two Guys and a Girl

36. ’Til Death

37. ALF

38. 3rd Rock from the Sun

39. 2 Broke Girls

40. Anger Management

41. Red Dwarf

42. The King of Queens

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

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:

My Family
Just Shoot Me
Rules of Engagement
Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23

South Park
Keeping Up Appearances

‘Allo ‘Allo
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Married… with Children
Roseanne
The Michael J Fox Show
Home Improvement