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!

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Steve
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Steve
March 3, 2012 11:51 am

M*A*S*H
Coach
Leave it to Beaver
The Cosby Show
Three’s Company
Cheers
Step by Step
The Brady Bunch
The Odd Couple
Happy Days
The Dick Van Dyke Show

Kevin S.
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Kevin S.
November 22, 2011 2:34 pm

The Monkees! (never been achieved prior or since!)

carlos
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carlos
October 23, 2010 12:31 pm

scrubs

Roger
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Roger
April 29, 2010 10:26 am

1. Home Improvement
2. M*A*S*H
3. Seinfeld
4. Happy Days
5. Family Ties
6. Friends
7. Everybody Loves Raymond
8. The Cosby Show
9. Two & A Half Men
10. The Big Bang Theory

Diane Ingram
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April 10, 2010 8:53 am

Top 10 Sitcoms: (1) I Love Lucy (2) Mama’s Family (3) Designing Women (4) Frasier (5) Friends (6) Home Improvement (7) Seinfeld (8) Wings (9) Everybody Loves Raymond (10) The King of Queens. These are in order by the year.

Joe
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Joe
April 10, 2010 1:35 am

M*A*S*H
I Love Lucy
The Simpsons
Scrubs
The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Dick Van Dyke
Roseanne
Happy Days
The Flintstones

cheryl b
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cheryl b
April 10, 2010 1:25 am

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? WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY I SAY WE VOTE ON BEST DECADE OF SHOWS THE 80’S WOULD TAKE THE TITLE

cheryl b
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cheryl b
April 10, 2010 1:15 am

1.big bang theory
2.roseanne
3.family matters
4.i love lucy
5.bewitched
6.the new adventures of old christine
7.friends
8.my name is earl
9.beverly hillbillies
10.gary unmarried

andy jensen
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andy jensen
April 9, 2010 4:46 pm

FRIENDS
Everyboby loves raymond
The Office
Community
That 70’s show

*I know it isnt a sitcom but um I really LOVE KYLE XY*

Phillip Alpha
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Phillip Alpha
April 9, 2010 2:26 pm

01. Scrubs
02. Friends
03. The Big Bang Theory
04. How I Met Your Mother
05. Spin City
06. Two And A Half Men
07. Frasier
08. Family Ties
09. The Simpsons
10. The Middle

Levi
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Levi
April 8, 2010 11:49 am

1. Monk
2. ALF
3. Early Edition
4. Diagnosis Murder
5. King of Queens
6. Knight Rider
7. Fall Guy
8. Matlock
9. Gilligan’s Island
10. Dukes of Hazzard

Dungeon Master
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Dungeon Master
April 8, 2010 6:53 pm

Do you realize what a sitcom is?

william nemeti
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william nemeti
April 8, 2010 5:52 am

when will flashpoint return I really hope you don’t take it off . One of your best shows off and have those stupid reality shows show I don’t know the person who chooses the show to show should probably should get rid of him and hire someone with a brain.Please if you can e-mail me when it will start I am not that computer smart to figure out your web sight Thank You

Tuna
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Tuna
April 7, 2010 10:39 pm

1.THE IT CROWD
2.FRIENDS
3.HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
4.THE BIG BANG THEORY
5.COUPLING (UK)
6.THE NANNY
7. MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
8. FULL HOUSE
9. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE
10. THE COSBY SHOW

Dungeon Master
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Dungeon Master
April 7, 2010 7:01 pm

Of those not currently listed:

How I Met Your Mother
The Big Bang Theory
Trailer Park Boys
Sledge Hammer
Rising Damp
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Dear John
It’s Your Move
Keeping Up Appearances
Coupling (UK version only, as the US attempt spewed nasty burrito chunks)

GreySector
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GreySector
April 7, 2010 11:05 am

Sports Night
The Addams Family
Bewitched
The Munsters
The Muppet Show
Night Court
Red Dwarf
Arrested Development
Freaks and Geeks
The Cosby Show

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