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

I Love LucyWe’re on a mission — to uncover the best sitcom in the history of television. And we need your help.

We’re preparing a sitcom tournament where soon you’ll be able to vote for your favorite TV comedies. We have our favorites but we want to make sure that we include yours too. There’s just so many!

So, before we ask you to vote, we’d like to get your help in assembling the nominees. In the comments below, please list up to 10 of your favorite sitcoms of all time. We’ve listed a “few” to help jog your memory and organized them by the decade when most of their episodes aired. If we missed a show that you think should be included, go ahead and add that in as well.

The 1950s
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Amos & Andy, The Burns and Allen Show, Father Knows Best, The Goldbergs, I Love Lucy, and Leave It to Beaver.

The 1960s
The Addams Family, The Andy Griffith Show, Batman, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Dennis the Menace, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Donna Reed Show, The Doris Day Show, Family Affair, The Flintstones, Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island, Gomer Pyle USMC, Green Acres, Hazel, Hogan’s Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, The Lucy Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mister Ed, The Monkees, The Munsters, My Favorite Martian, My Three Sons, The Patty Duke Show, Petticoat Junction, and That Girl.

The 1970s
Alice, All In The Family, Barney Miller, The Bob Newhart Show, The Brady Bunch, Chico and the Man, Eight is Enough, Fawlty Towers, Fernwood 2 Night, Good Times, Happy Days, Here’s Lucy, The Jeffersons, Laverne & Shirley, M*A*S*H, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Mary Tyler Moore, Maude, Mork and Mindy, The Muppet Show, The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Police Squad, Rhoda, Sanford and Son, Soap, Three’s Company, Welcome Back, Kotter, What’s Happening!!, and WKRP in Cincinnati.

The 1980s
227, ALF, Amen, Benson, Blackadder, Bosom Buddies, Charles in Charge, Cheers, The Cosby Show , Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Full House, Gimme a Break, The Golden Girls , Growing Pains, The Hogan Family (Valerie), It’s a Living, Kate & Allie, The Love Boat, Mama’s Family, Moonlighting, Mr. Belvedere, Newhart, Night Court, One Day at a Time, Perfect Strangers, Roseanne, Silver Spoons, Taxi, Too Close for Comfort, Webster, and Who’s the Boss?

The 1990s
3rd Rock from the Sun, Blossom, Boy Meets World, California Dreams, Coach, Designing Women, A Different World, Dinosaurs, Ellen, Empty Nest, Evening Shade, Family Matters, Frasier, Freaks and Geeks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Friends, Grace Under Fire, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Home Improvement, Living Single, Mad About You, Married With Children, Martin, Murphy Brown, The Nanny, NewsRadio, Northern Exposure, Red Dwarf , Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Saved By The Bell, Seinfeld, Sister Sister, Spin City, Step By Step, The Steve Harvey Show, Wings, and The Wonder Years.

The 2000s
8 Simple Rules, According to Jim, All of Us, Andy Richtor Controls the Universe, Arrested Development, Becker, The Bernie Mac Show, The Cleveland Show, Cougar Town, Dharma & Greg, Drake & Josh, The Drew Carey Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Everybody Loves Raymond, Extras, Family Guy, Futurama, The Game, Girlfriends, Just Shoot Me, The King of Queens, The King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, The Middle, Modern Family, My Name is Earl, My Wife & Kids, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, The Office (UK), The Parkers, Samantha Who?, Scrubs, The Simpsons, That ’70s Show, and Will & Grace.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and tell us your favorite sitcoms (up to 10). In a week or two, we’ll compile the results and then ask you to vote in round one of our upcoming sitcom showdown.

UPDATE: Thanks for your input everyone! Now, please go vote!

82 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Steve says

    Leave it to Beaver
    The Cosby Show
    Three’s Company
    Step by Step
    The Brady Bunch
    The Odd Couple
    Happy Days
    The Dick Van Dyke Show

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