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. Roger says

    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

  2. says

    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.

  3. Joe says

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

  4. cheryl b says

    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

  5. cheryl b says

    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

  6. andy jensen says

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

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

  7. Phillip Alpha says

    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

  8. Levi says

    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

  9. william nemeti says

    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

  10. Tuna says

    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

  11. Dungeon Master says

    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)

  12. GreySector says

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

  13. Stian says

    Scrubs
    Two and a Half Men
    How I Met Your Mother
    Friends
    The Simpsons
    Futurama
    The King of Queens
    Everybody Loves Raymond
    Malcolm in the Middle
    Scrubs*
    *Scrubs is such a great show, it didn’t feel like enough to only mention it once.

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