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Favorite Sitcoms

I consider myself a TV sitcom connoisseur. My dream job would be writing for a sitcom — if only I had the foresight to realize this in my 20s. Oh, well, I’m going to try to make this a comprehensive list — divided by decade. I’m not going to write lots of comments — it’s more for my personal reference, but some shows may have a line or two of reference. I’m not going to think too hard about which is properly a “sitcom”. I generally think of sitcoms as lasting under 30 minutes — with some longer things noted. Also, I’m generally excluding sketch comedy shows — though I’m including a separate list for that. Generally I like all sitcoms (I’m easy to please). If a show doesn’t wow me, I’m still going to list it for the sake of keeping a reference. Maybe it’s not good to put animated comedies on my list, so what. Decade will be listed in alphabetical order. *** means it’s my fave. All Bold indicate that it’s great comedy. Ses Futon Critic for more.

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Other lists: Top Disney/Teen comedies,

Fave Sketch Comedy Series (not including variety shows)

  1. Catherine Tate Show. She is a force to be reckoned with!
  2. Jack Benny show. More of a variety show & sketch show which over the years (I’ve been told) have become more of a classic sitcom. I’ve seen some of the variety show, not the later episodes.
  3. Mad TV (Fox’s more risque version of SNL).
  4. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  5. In Living Color
  6. SNL
  7. Tracey Ullman Show
  8. What’s My Line? Improv comedy.
  9. Your Show of Shows (Sid Caesar)
  10. SCTV

Special mention needs to go out to dramas (esp supernatural dramas) with significant comic elements: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, West Wing, Columbo, Lou Grant.

The Fifties

  • Amos and Andy (which I’ve never watched)
  • Donna Reed Show
  • George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. I’ve watched some of the episodes (which I love).
  • Honeymooners ***
  • I Love Lucy
  • Leave it to Beaver. When watching as an adult, the show seemed a lot more sly than I remembered.
  • Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
  • Meet Millie. Never seen. Forerunner to MTM “urban working girl” premise.
  • Mr. Peepers. Never seen. wacky school comedy with Wally Cox, later Tony Randall joined cast.
  • Phil Silvers show.

The Sixties

  • Adams Family — great show with quirky humor and characters. It was so repetitive but I never minded. Laugh track is bothersome. ***
  • Andy Griffith Show. It wasn’t that good, but it captured small town life that is now part of the past. Minus Andy Griffith it became Mayberry RFD which I didn’t see.
  • Batman. Funny superhero parody.
  • Bewitched. Fantasy family sitcom. Nothing special; fun for kids. See short-lived 70s spinoff called Tabitha.
  • Beverly Hillbillies
  • Car 54 where are you. Great TV cop show Season 1 is fantastic, Season 2 is not.
  • Dick Van Dyke show. Topnotch actors, but stories were a little bland
  • Flintstones.
  • Gilligan’s Island. Interesting premise and cast, but stupid mindless entertainment.
  • Get Smart. This show ages very well. ***
  • Green Acres
  • Hazel
  • Hogan’s Heroes. Watched as a kid. Clever premise, grew old quickly.
  • I dream of Jeannie. This seemed ridiculously formulaic; I would watch it again just to see
  • Jetsons. This futuristic cartoon definitely affected my expectations about the future. It was a great discussion about the “normalcy” of future life.
  • Lucy Show. Gosh, I need to watch this!
  • Make Room for Daddy. Fun for kid/family watching. Nothing special.
  • McHale’s Navy. Watched as a kid. Great cast, probably doesn’t age well.
  • Munsters
  • My Favorite Martian, haven’t seen.
  • My Three Sons. I don’t remember any of what I watched as a kid, but I’d rewatch just to see William Demarest’s antics.
  • Patty Duke Show, clever show. I’d love to see more.
  • Phil Silvers Show. Great season 1, Phil Silvers is the best!

The Seventies

  • Alice. Don’t remember much of that show, but I watched it religiously and liked its depiction of the single mother.
  • All in the Family My number 1 favorite show on this page. ***
  • Barney Miller. I only saw one or two episodes.
  • Benson. Susan Harris created spinoff from Soap.
  • Bob Newhart Show. There’s a lot of love in this show. Susanne Plyshette who plays the wife was superbly sexy and cynical. The key to Bob Newhart is the telephone calls (which he used to do comedy routines about). He always played the straight man reacting to people. He played a more active curmudgeon role in the 80s sequel Newhart.
  • Brady Bunch — more interesting as a premise than for the actual show.
  • Fawlty Towers Enjoyed this short lived British series (and watched everything dozens of times). Just want to say that Cleese is the perfect sitcom guest star.
  • Good Times
  • Happy Days
  • Jeffersons
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • Love American Style — not a sitcom proper, but an anthology show which I have fond memories of.
  • Mash — actually not much of a fan.
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Norman Lear backed this and co-created by Gail Parent (who also wrote for MTM and Golden Girls). never have seen.
  • Maude — never really watched, but critic Michael Barrett swears by it.
  • Mary Tyler Moore — actors were outstanding and some shows were great, but overall not a big fan.
  • Mork and Mindy — rewatched recently, the first season or two was absolutely terrible!
  • Nancy Walker Show. Norman Lear wishes that he did a better job developing this show because of Walker’s talent.
  • Odd Couple
  • One Day at a Time.
  • Partridge Family
  • Rhoda.
  • Room 222
  • Sanford and Son. Every moment of this show is laugh-filled. As “black” as the show seems, I could imagine even the most recent whites would find it hilarious.
  • Soap *** I laughed my head off nonstop, although the later seasons got ridiculous. Never got the chance to watch Benson.
  • Tabitha. Bewitched Sequel.
  • Taxi *** Consistently funny with a stellar cast.
  • Three’s Company. Despite the repetitiveness, when rewatching, I found the shows a lot funnier than I remembered.
  • Welcome Back Kotter.
  • What’s Happening. Liked the African-American teen characters and families; they seemed very real to me.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati. A silly pointless show, but enjoyed rewatching DVDs.

The Eighties

  • Alf. Haven’t seen.
  • ‘Allo ‘Allo. Wacky longrunning story about an amorous French cafe owner who must accomodate the Nazis while helping the British to defeat them. Show is absurd and repetitive, but I always laughed my head off. ***
  • Blossom. Light hearted teen comedy. Nothing special.
  • Bosom Buddies. Never saw an episode, but just learned that it was an early role for Peter Scolari, meriting it a second look.
  • Cheers. Early seasons were unbeleivably great and dramatic. Diane Chambers was just one great character. Later seasons were silly, but I loved every part of it. ***
  • Cosby Show — just mentioning to say how much I hated this show. Never watched more than two episodes! Different World was much better and more fun.
  • Day by Day. short-lived show with pre-Seinfeld Julie Louis Dreyfus. Never watched.
  • Designing Women. Never watched! (On my To Watch list).
  • Different World is an offshoot from Cosby show which was much better than it. Lots of great slapstick and political and social themes. Show feels dated, but I like that quality. ***
  • Different Strokes
  • Facts of Life
  • Family Matters. I never watched it, but watched episodes on youtube and loved the Urkel character. (Fun fact the actor Jaleel White has the same birthday as me!)
  • Family Ties.
  • Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
  • Golden Girls. Another Susan Harris creation. Just started, prepared to love.
  • Gary Shandling Show — brilliant comedy. Haven’t watched all of it! ***
  • Married with Children. Fun raunchy anti-family comedy.
  • Newhart. Just as good as (if not better than) the first Bob Newhart sitcom. Perfect cast too.
  • Nightcourt. Never watched. Plan to soon.
  • Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Imaginative and subversive kids show starring Pee Wee Hermann.
  • Police squad. Doesn’t really count?
  • Punky Brewster.
  • Red Dwarf *** Unbelievably imaginative British sci fi with absurd plot about a human, his cat, his Hologram and his computer are stranded in space. Amazed that they could carry the concept as far as they did — and that every few years they come up with an unexpected sequel.
  • Saved by the Bell. Never seen, but it has a following apparently.
  • Seinfeld ***

The Nineties

  • Ally McBeal. Dramedy.
  • Almost Perfect. Written by Ken Levine and David Isaacs.
  • As Time Goes By. Droll British show about former flames getting together after their spouses have died. I love the drollness of this show.
  • Becker. Ted Danson show. Enjoyed what little I saw, very surprised to learn that Terry Farrell of Deep Space Nine starred in it. (DS9 had a lot of funny actors, as did the whole Star Trek franchise).
  • Caroline in the City. 4 seasons, saw maybe one episode.
  • Coach. Watched it all on Netflix. Didn’t expect to love it, but I really did. Dick Van Dyke’s brother Jerry was great!
  • Critic — Animated TV show about movie critic starring Jon Lovitz.
  • Commmish. Dramedy.
  • Dharma and Greg. Newlywed comedy. Watched religiously, probably not that great, but Jenna Elfman was fun and cute.
  • Drew Carey Show — one of my alltime faves *** Always surprising, and the cast quality was high.
  • Ellen. Never watched!
  • Entourage. HBO Sin show. Characters were kind of funny, but I got sick of it. Typical HBO “Sin Comedy.”
  • Flying Blind. Haven’t seen.
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Clever I guess, but the humor is too upwardly mobile and with a Cosby-ish feel.
  • Frasier ** Unusually good supporting cast and guest stars — Frasier’s agent Bebe Glazer, Roz, Bulldog, Daphne and her family. My hot take was that the show declined after the idiotic wedding episode. On rewatching, was not as negative. Also loved the audio cameos played by very famous people.
  • Freaks and Geeks. I don’t consider this to be a sitcom, but some do.
  • Friends
  • Get a Life! I loved this quirky Chris Elliott vehicle, though it was probably fated to die an early death. Kudos to Fox for trying it.
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Herman’s Head. cute youth-oriented show.
  • Home Improvement. Never watched this show!
  • Jeff Foxworthy Show — Never saw.
  • Just Shoot Me. Mediocre work comedy starring celebrity crush Laura San Giacamo (she was great).
  • Keeping Up Appearances. I only watched select episodes of this British sitcom, but loved it to death.
  • King of the Hill. Laid back animated series set in Texas. Mike Judge’s masterpiece of gentle social satire.***
  • King of Queens. ***
  • Larry Sanders Show***
  • Living Single.
  • Mad About You. Bland New Yorkey newlywood sitcom.
  • Maggie Winters. 1 season. Early creation by Kari Lizer.
  • Malcolm in the Middle — ground-breaking and fun, but the concept got old very quickly.
  • Martin.
  • Murphy Brown. Never watched!
  • Nanny. Fran Drescher was great, and the show borrowed a lot of cliches
  • Roc — really great African-American family sitcom with occasional dramatic moments.
  • Roseanne. Never really watched, but it never impressed me even during its heyday.
  • Sex and the City. I’ve watched more episodes than I should admit, but never really liked it.
  • Simpsons.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants. Kids love it to death.
  • Steve Harvey Show.
  • Talk Radio. Phil Hartman stars.
  • That Seventies Show. A charming funny nostalgic show with retro-vignettes. God this cast couldn’t be beat! ***
  • Third Rock from the Sun. Alltime favorite farce. ***
  • Will and Grace. as good as the slapstick farce formulas were, it became even funnier during the 2017 reboot. ***
  • Wings — Nice characters and actors. Also, great scripts. Early show with Tony Shalhoub.
  • Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane

The 2000s

  • 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter. Ill-fated but great sitcom starring John Ritter and Kaley Cuoco as the daughter.
  • Acccidentally on Purpose. Jen Elfman plays a movie critic who has a baby.
  • According to Jim. Jim Belushi, that is.
  • American Dad.
  • Arrested Development
  • Bernie Mac Show. One of the alltime great one camera sitcoms about family, with lots of poignant moments thrown in. Watch anything with Larry Wilmore writing scripts. ***
  • Better off Ted. Hilarious dysfunctional work comedy. Loved every part of this show! ***
  • Boondocks. Animated series, never watched an episode!
  • Boston Legal, legal comedy with some actual plot thrown it, starring William Shatner and James Spader.
  • Chuck. One hour comedy about computer store worker turned spy. The drama and romance are so superficial, but there are outrageously funny moments with the non-spy characters getting entangled in spy stories.
  • Coupling. British version of Friends with more raunch.
  • Courting Alex. Haven’t actually watched, but stars Jenna Elfman.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm. I don’t love this show (I think it focuses too much on Larry David’s character and pettiness), but the show has been around for so long it can’t help but be good.
  • Everyone Hates Chris. Fantastic nostalgia show about Chris Rock’s childhood.
  • Everyone Loves Raymond. Probably better than I give it credit for (and the actors are stellar). I actually liked the less whiney King of Queens a lot more.
  • Family Guy. Mainly brilliant. I love all of Seth MacFarlane’s spinoffs — American Dad, Cleveland Shows, but the humor gets old.
  • Flight of the Concords. New Zealand comedy.
  • Futurama. Animated sci fi.
  • Game. WB dramedy centered around college football.
  • George Lopez show. Never watched! (Saw one or two. didn’t get into).
  • Girlfriends. CW long running comedy with Tracee Ellis Ross.
  • Grounded for Life
  • Guild — brilliant Youtube comedy series created by Felicia Day (who stars in it). Netflix bought it out and helped its development. Really fun
  • IT Crowd. Unbelievably funny show about social misfits who inhabit the basement of an office building — and how a clueless but pretty and vain female is assigned to be their supervisor.
  • It’s always sunny in Philadelphia. One season was okay, but after that, it got really old.
  • Joey. Friends spinoff with Matt LeBlanc
  • Modern Family
  • Mohawk Girls
  • My Name is Earl.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine. I love this show! *** Created and
  • Office (both versions, but US version is incredible)
  • Party Down. haven’t seen.
  • Parks and Recreation. This show grew on me, but it’s basically the Office in a government setting.
  • Pushing Daisies. 2 seasons gorgeous and imaginative show. Cancelled too soon (probably because of the writer’s strike and the lavish budget).
  • Rules of Engagement. I loved this show, had a lot of characters and interactions. Adhir Kalyan (who played David Spade’s assistant) was particularly great.
  • Scrubs. Hated the few times I watched it.
  • South Park. I teeter between being grossed out and intellectually impressed, but the show remains funny — if only the raunch factor could be taken down a notch.
  • Two and a half men. Very sexist and raunchy show about playboy basking in luxury. I enjoyed moments, but the show really irritated me because it seemed focused on mocking the boring dentist brother.
  • Tyler Perry’s House of Payne
  • Ugly Betty. Had a lot of funny moments. It was maudlin at parts but America Ferrera and Becki Newton were the best.
  • United State of Tara. dramedy starring Toni Collette who plays multiple characters.
  • Wanda at Large. Wow, short-lived sitcom starring Wanda Sykes directed by Bruce Helford.
  • Weeds
  • What I like about You. Hilarious teen comedy about the popular Amanda Bynes wading through high school social life. Many things about the show seem predictable, but I always laughed! ***
  • Yes, Dear

The 2010s

  • $#*! My Dad Says. One season. created by Will & Grace founders, starring William Shatner? Never seen.
  • 2 Broke Girls, haven’t seen.
  • Alpha House. Great farce about male US senators living in the same house. Ended too soon.
  • Angie Tribeca, quirky police comedy starring Rashida Jones. Saw only 1 season, but the show had 4 total.
  • AP Bio. God, I wanted to like this series, but after four seasons, I still don’t like it.
  • Archer. Animated raunchy dysfunctional spy series. They take advantage of the animation to add a lot of R-rated sex and to totally change the show’s concept every few years. Great cast.
  • Atlanta. Donald Glover dramedy which I haven’t seen.
  • Barry. I’ve heard great things about this show — haven’t watched.
  • Blackish/Mixtish. Two family comedies about black families: one in modern times, the other in the 1980s. I enjoyed watching it — and the preachiness sometimes were fun,
  • Bojack Horseman. Only watched 2 seasons of this animated show about an angsty middle-aged sitcom actor. Imaginative and sometimes profound, but I still found the whole concept kind of silly (see Archer).
  • Brooklyn 99. Silly Brooklyn cop show. Bigger budget and more ambitious than Angie Tribeca, with a twist that one by one all the cops retire in the last season — having become disillusioned in the wake of George Floyd, etc. Amazing cameos. ***
  • Bunheads. On my To Watch list.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriends. Musical comedy which is hilarious, but I grew tired of it very quickly.
  • Community Unbelievably great comedy which breaks multiple genres. ***
  • Conners. Roseanne reboot (without Roseanne Barr). I don’t hate it, but the episodes get maudlin, preachy and trying too hard to be socially relevant. I can’t imagine how terrible it would have been if Roseanne had stayed on.
  • Dear White People. Netflix dramedy.
  • Disjointed. Netflix show about store that sells weed for medicinal purposes in California.
  • Derry Girls. Mom and I love this outrageous Irish show about high school girls growing up during the Troubles in the 1990s. There are political aspects, but merely in the background; the main characters don’t notice or even care.
  • Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. Hilarious show about midwest girl who arrives in NYC and rooms with a socialite (played by Kristin Ritter). The midwest girl is played by Dreama Walker who was just as good as Ritter. Lasted only two seasons unfortunately. Created by Nahnatchka Khan. ***
  • Episodes.
  • Exes. Wonderful sitcom about female attorney who lives across the hall from some of her divorce clients… Kristen Johnson stars. Amazed to discover that it lasted 4 seasons (Only 1 year was on Netflix).
  • F is for Family. Animated family sitcom created by and starring Bill Burr.
  • Fresh off the Boat. more Nahnatchka Khan.
  • Glow — female wrestling sitcom on Netflix.
  • Goldbergs
  • Good Girls. crime dramedy.
  • Good Place. Fun moralistic show with special effects, but it’s a bit too clever and computer-generated. I preferfed My Name is Earl more.
  • Grace and Frankie. Watched half a season.
  • Happy Endings.
  • Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. David Cross. Funny premise, but eventually I grew sick of it.
  • Jamz promising 4 episode sitcom bought by Netflix and never renewed. About 2 radio writers working at a disfunctional radio station. I loved it
  • Hot in Cleveland. Interesting premise and stars, but I could only get through one season.
  • Kevin can wait with Kevin James. Haven’t seen. 2 seasons.
  • Kim’s Convenience. Wonderful Canadian Korean-immigrant comedy. Cancelled unceremoniously after 5 seasons, but the show’s quality never flagged. ***
  • Komisky Method. Alan Arkin/Michael Douglas comedy about actors growing old. Definitely had great moments.
  • Life’s Too Short.
  • Louie. Never seen?
  • Man with a Plan. Basically Joey Tribiani (Matt LeBlanc) plays a dad. It was fun, and the other characters were fine, but it definitely felt like the typical middle aged dad screwing up genre.
  • Maron. Sitcom about the fictionalized life of podcaster March Maron. Big budget, had moments, but it seemed like a younger version of Curb Your Enthusiasm (with lots of female flings).
  • Marvelous Mrs. Maisal. Didn’t love the show, but the actress is clever and pretty, and I liked how it was set in the 50s.
  • Meet the Family (Canadian show)
  • Melissa and Joey. Bland sitcom starring veteran kid actors Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. I occasionally liked it.
  • Merry Happy Whatever. To watch on Netflix.
  • Middle. Havent’ seen.
  • Mom. Will watch it when I get around to it.
  • Neighborhood.
  • Orange is the New Black. Netflix.
  • Orville. Sci fi comedy. Never seen! Seth McFarlane property.
  • Out of Practice. Not a great lawyer show, but glad to see Henry Winkler onscreen again.
  • Parenthood
  • Rick and Morty. Raunch animated comedy by Community show’s creator Dan Harman.
  • Rosehaven. Outrageously funny Tasmanian sitcom with Celia Pacquola was also in Utopia ***
  • Shameless
  • Shitt’s Creek — always a fan. Just wanted to say that the last season rarely made me laugh.
  • Space Force. With this many great comic actors, the show’s guaranteed to succeed at some level despite its predictability.
  • Superstore. Politically subversive show about the big box store. ***
  • Surviving Jack. One season.
  • Take Two – crime procedural dramedy.
  • The Tick — superhero satire.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I love the main actress, but the show got old quickly.
  • Underemployed. MTV sitcom
  • Utopia. Funny Australian office comedy about a totally dysfunctional city planning agency.
  • Veep.
  • Vicious. British Elderly gay people fighting all the time.
  • Wilfred. Australian-American comedy.
  • Young and Hungry. Show with great comic actors and theme song, but the stories and premise were crazy and even offensive. The lead females were just so pretty.
  • Young Sheldon — this spinoff of Big Bang theory sounds fascinating.
  • Younger. Sutton Foster is great, but all it is really is is a wish fulfillment Sex in the City MILF meets young stud comic soap opera.
  • You’re the Worst.

The 2020s

  • Call Your Mother. One season. Great wacky comedy about midwest mother moving to Los Angeles so she could intrude in the life of her estranged children. Starring Kyra Sedgewick, created and directed by Kari Lizer who also created the outstanding New Adventures of Old Christine. Apparently, panned by critics, this show was a lot better than people gave it credit for.
  • Five Bedrooms — fun Australian dramedy.
  • Girls5Eva.
  • Hacks
  • Hitman. British.
  • Indebted. Dan Levy show about indebted parents living with children. Definitely had moments, shouldn’t have been canceled after one season.
  • Insecure. HBO created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore (of Bernie Mac Show).
  • Intelligence (British).
  • Kenan. Hated this Kenan Thompson vehicle.
  • Mr. Mayor. Ted Danson comedy playing LA mayor. Anything spoofing LA has potential in my book.
  • Mythic Quest. Workcomedy at videogame company, created by Rob McElhenney (of Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame).
  • Rutherford Falls
  • Ted Lasso — a little too bland and feel-goody for my tastes.
  • Upload. Amazing fast-paced sci fi comedy about dead people being uploaded to a videogame resembling heaven. Second season was renewed!
  • What We Do in the Shadows.
  • Upshaws. Wanda Sykes vehicle.
  • WandaVision
  • White Lotus. (Haven’t watched, but stars Jennifer Coolidge who was great in Joey).

The Overrated (or didn’t like) List

  • AP Bio.
  • Bewitched
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Beverly Hillbillies.
  • Cosby Show
  • Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Family Ties
  • Fleabag
  • Home Improvement
  • How I met your mother. Liked the early seasons though.
  • Lady Dynamite
  • Mork and Mindy. Rewatched season 1. Wow, these scripts were terrible!
  • Munsters
  • New Girl . hated this show.
  • Roseanne
  • Scrubs. I never got into.
  • Stath Lets Flats
  • Ted Lasso.
  • 30 Rock.

References: Screenrant’s Best British Sitcoms of all time,