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Round Two: What’s the Best Sitcom in TV History?

Frasier vs SeinfeldThe first round of our sitcom showdown has ended and, thanks to your voting, the options have been narrowed down quite a bit.

For this round, we’ve taken the top vote-getters from each of our last polls and mixed them up with the others in their own decade. We’re using decades for these early rounds because, with so many great shows, we feel it’s the best apples-to-apples comparison — programs that were produced in the same general timeframe and had to compete for the same viewers.

In round three, we’ll uncover the best shows by decade and then pit them against one another until we have the show that you think is the greatest sitcom in TV history.

You can vote only once for each poll but don’t worry, we’ll start the next round of voting on Monday, April 26th. Think the choices in this round are tough? It’s only going to get worse!

This round is now completed. Please move on to round three!

Choose the best 1950's sitcom from this list:

  • The Jack Benny Show (8%)
  • The Burns and Allen Show (6%)
  • Leave It to Beaver (36%)
  • The Honeymooners (50%)

Total Votes: 607

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Choose the best 1950's sitcom from this list:

  • The Adven. of Ozzie & Harriet (3%)
  • The Phil Silvers Show (6%)
  • Father Knows Best (6%)
  • I Love Lucy (85%)

Total Votes: 630

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Choose the best 1960's sitcom from this list:

  • Bewitched (24%)
  • Green Acres (5%)
  • Gilligan's Island (27%)
  • Hogan's Heroes (14%)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (30%)

Total Votes: 658

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Choose the best 1960's sitcom from this list:

  • The Monkees (5%)
  • Get Smart (22%)
  • The Munsters (12%)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (35%)
  • I Dream of Jeannie (26%)

Total Votes: 646

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Choose the best 1970's sitcom from this list:

  • Fawlty Towers (10%)
  • WKRP in Cincinnati (9%)
  • Happy Days (23%)
  • Mary Tyler Moore (14%)
  • M*A*S*H (44%)

Total Votes: 680

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Choose the best 1970's sitcom from this list:

  • Mork and Mindy (8%)
  • The Brady Bunch (17%)
  • The Muppet Show (19%)
  • All In The Family (35%)
  • Three's Company (21%)

Total Votes: 667

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Choose the best 1980's sitcom from this list:

  • Family Ties (10%)
  • Who's the Boss? (7%)
  • The Golden Girls (22%)
  • Taxi (10%)
  • Cheers (51%)

Total Votes: 718

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Choose the best 1980's sitcom from this list:

  • Newhart (11%)
  • Full House (16%)
  • Night Court (18%)
  • The Cosby Show (38%)
  • Roseanne (17%)

Total Votes: 722

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Choose the best 1990's sitcom from this list:

  • Boy Meets World (6%)
  • Murphy Brown (12%)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (13%)
  • Married With Children (20%)
  • Friends (49%)

Total Votes: 761

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Choose the best 1990's sitcom from this list:

  • The Wonder Years (6%)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (8%)
  • Home Improvement (19%)
  • Frasier (23%)
  • Seinfeld (44%)

Total Votes: 770

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Choose the best 2000's sitcom from this list:

  • King of Queens (12%)
  • 30 Rock (10%)
  • The Simpsons (22%)
  • Modern Family (11%)
  • Family Guy (15%)
  • The Big Bang Theory (30%)

Total Votes: 752

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Choose the best 2000's sitcom from this list:

  • Scrubs (11%)
  • Two and a Half Men (20%)
  • The Office (US) (17%)
  • How I Met Your Mother (14%)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (23%)
  • Arrested Development (15%)

Total Votes: 751

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What do you think? Which show do you think will be the big winner? Any predictions?

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Sonny Crockett January 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

The Honeymooners…..the classic 39 and All In The Family are the two BEST sitcoms ever. 1A and 1B….

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iron-man December 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

Is the only show with people of color is ths Crosby Show.

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Anonymous April 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

that 70′s show

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bubcis April 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

where’s that 70′s show???????????????

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admin April 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

@bubcis It got eliminated in the first round. Not enough people voted for it.

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Ted Moreland April 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

You’ve mad this really hard on me for the 2000s. I love HIMYM, Scrubs, Arrested Development, and The Office. I’m going to go with Arrested Development, a show that ended well before its time given its brilliance.
Overall I wish that it was Arrested, but I’m going to have to say either I Love Lucy or Friends will take the crown

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Adam Decker April 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Well the Beverly Hillbillies didn’t make it but a lot of the newer shows are still around. I don’t have an opinion on most of these polls and thus didn’t vote in them, but I will check back to see who ends up making it. Also, are you going to do a best mystery/drama show poll too? That could be interesting as well.

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Elaine April 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I think Seinfeldwill win

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DocJohnson April 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

I really don’t like the grouping in some instances, placing “The Simpsons” in the 2000s is just wrong considering the show started in 1989. Even worse is the fact that it has declined greatly since 2000, and it’s best years were the early 90s. In the context of its category I had to go with Family Guy simply because 2000s Simpsons episodes are subpar. I really think once the results are in, the groups should be paired down to the top two votegetters in each category and leave it at that. I’d be interested to know who comes out on top MASH v. Happy Days, but have little faith that putting shows from different decades against each other will lend much consideration to the influence and impact of shows like The Honeymooners, All in the Family and I Love Lucy which have not withstood the test of time as much as other more recent examples. Some things just don’t translate into a good G.O.A.T. list-see every AFI Top 100 list for proof.

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admin April 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm

@DocJohnson: Personally, I’d suggest making your selections based on the sitcoms as a whole. Granted, the Simpsons is a special case but it didn’t occur to me to judge them by the episodes that were released during a particular decade. I mean, Happy Days aired in both the 1970s and 1980s but mostly the 70s. If you base your choice on only the 1970s episodes, I think most people would rate those a lot higher than the later ones.

Grouping by decades was the best way we could find to do an apples-to-apples comparison — they were created around the same time and had to compete for the same viewers. Sure, there are other ways to do it but they seemed a lot more subjective.

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RiCart April 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

The greatest sitcom of all times had to be “SOAP” A lot of now famous sitcom folks were in it, but, it may have been over the average sitcom fan’s head.

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Mary Sagor April 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I agree, it was a hoot! And yes, over a lot of people’s heads, It was not on as long as others becauseof that, and many people voting here were not even born by the time it left the air.

In general I have never watched many sitcoms. But in the 80′s we had M.A.S.H., Cheers, The Cosby Show, and several others that were guaranteed to keep you laughing…

There are only 3 sitcoms that I like right now. I was addicted to Monk and now he’s in reruns on Sleuth, for which I am very grateful. Thank heaven for cable!

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imoth April 22, 2010 at 4:51 am

We are not choosing the best sitcom here, but the most popular. I am pretty sure that the winner will be:
- quite a new show, because more people will still remember it
- a show that was really popular at the time (and still is)
- a show that lasted a really long time
- an american show

My guess is that the winner will be either Friends or Seinfeld. I would be really surprised if the winner was from the eighties or earlier. I would pick Fawlty Towers.

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Joe Doc April 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

Frasier, hands down.

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Anonymous April 21, 2010 at 3:20 am

best over all big bang theory

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chronic fan April 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

It depends on the demographics of the voters but I’ll bet on I Love Lucy

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