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. Curb Your Enthusiasm (as soon as You get accustommed to the original and improvisational format You’ll realise this is one of the best sitcoms ever made)

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Everybody Loves Raymond

14. Archer (the coolest animated spy sitcom ever)

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

16. I Love Lucy (me too!)

17. According to Jim

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

19. Rules of Engagement

20. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

21. Wings

22. The Simpsons

23. Family Guy

24. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

25. Rick and Morty

26. Disenchantment

27. Roseanne (It just keeps coming back, just to be cancelled again… GJ!)

28. King of the Hill

29. American Dad! (Roger by Some Alien)

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

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

32. Parks and Recreation

33. Malcolm in the middle

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

35. Superstore (delightfully funny cutscenes of moronic customers)

36. Mike & Molly

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

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

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

40. Unsupervised

41. Dharma & Greg

42. Black Books (Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey)

43. Legit

44. The New Adventures of Old Christine

45. My Family

46. Thin Blue Line

47. Tripping The Rift

48. Yes, Dear

49. Two Guys and a Girl

50. ’Til Death

51. ALF

52. 3rd Rock from the Sun

53. Just Shoot Me!

54. The Office (UK)

55. 2 Broke Girls

56. Anger Management

57. The Odd Couple

58. $#*! My Dad Says

59. Red Dwarf

60. Ugly Americans

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

62. The King of Queens

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

64. Kevin Can Wait

65. My Wife and Kids

66. Man with a Plan

67. Mr. Sunshine

68. Satisfaction (some originality with weird characters)

69. Joey

70. 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:

The Office (US)
‘Allo ‘Allo

Also considered:

All in the Family
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Nanny
South Park
Keeping Up Appearances

The Michael J Fox Show
Home Improvement