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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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{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

KevinSwayne April 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm

The Simpsons
Seinfeld
Cheers
Frasier
Family Guy
King Of The Hill
Everybody Loves Raymond
South Park
The US Office
Will And Grace

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Jack F. April 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

i’ve been looking at this for weeks, when do we finally get to vote!!!

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admin April 5, 2010 at 3:03 am

@Jack F.: We’ve had a slight technical issue but plan to start the voting in the next day or so. Thanks.

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msd01 April 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Bewitched
Hogans Heroes
Green Acres
Dick Van D yke Show
Big Bang Theory
Two and a Half Men
Leave it to Beaver
My Favorite Martian
Mary Tyler Moore Show
Bob Newhart Show

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Brandon April 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I Love Lucy
Cheers
MASH
The Cosby Show
The Dick Van D yke Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Frasier
The Bob Newhart Show
The Golden Girls
Bewitched

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Kirsten April 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

Friends off course.

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Linda Yates April 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME:

SOAP (far and away the winner – have ALL episodes on tape!)
GOLDEN GIRLS
I LOVE LUCY
ER
NCIS
CSI MIAMI

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natalie April 1, 2010 at 5:49 am

I am picky about sitcomes and have only had about one a decade that is really good enough to watch over and over and over…. these shows make me belly laugh!! The 60″s were the best! My favorite shows are….
I love Lucy
Dick van dike
Andy griffth
Laverne and shirley
Coach
The Cosby show
Frasier
according to jim

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Jefff March 30, 2010 at 10:10 am

Naturally, these lists are dependent on how old you are, what your parents let you watch. As an adult, people choose based on their own sense of humor, what their frands are watching, etc. So here’s my biased list:

1. Seinfeld
2. Friends
3. Cheers
4. MASH
5. Frasier (to me, one of the best-written comedies ever)
6. The Office (US)
7. Mork & Mindy (introduced me to Robin Williams, who I think is still the funniest man alive)
8. South Park
9. Night Court
10. Will & Grace

Honorable Mention:
Barney Miller
Happy Days
Faulty Towers (love John Cleese)
Gilligan’s Island
Get Smart (sorry about that chief)
The Jeffersons
Laverne & Shirley
Scrubs

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Rin March 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm

ALF
Three’s Company
Cheers
Arrested Development
Seinfeld
My Name Is Earl
Wings
Gomer Pyle USMC
The Simpsons
WKRP In Cincinnati

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Robbie H March 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

The Nanny
Frasier
The Jeffersons
Golden Girls
Family Guy
The Cosby Show
Soap
Futurama
The Munsters
The Addams Family

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Rochelle March 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

Mash
Frazier
Friends
Cheers
Seinfield
The Cosby Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Will and Grace
All in the Family
Dick Van Dy ke show

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Barbara March 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

My ALL time favs are (in no particular order):
Alice
All in the Family
Golden Girls
Perfect Strangers
Kate & Allie
Mr. Belivdere
Too Close for Comfort
One Day at a Time
Threes Company
Laverne and Shirley

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Christina March 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I would have to say i have many favorites but Friends would have to be def be one of them!!!!!!!! I love that show i have every season and continue to watch the reruns!!!

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Keturah Thompson March 28, 2010 at 11:19 am

Seinfeld
Frasier
Golden Girls
Cosby
Who`s the Boss
Designing Women
Spin City
Murphy Brown
Perfect Strangers
The Nanny

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kurt johnson March 28, 2010 at 3:50 am

In approximate historical order: These are the shows which were not only hilarious, but groundbreaking in some way. There are a couple of really good new ones (Modern Family) but haven’t been on long enough to earn a spot.

I Love Lucy
Dick Van Dyke Show
All in the Family
Mash
Cheers
Married with Children
Seinfeld
Frazier
The Simpsons
Scrubs

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