Are you ready for the biggest sitcom battle in history?
To start things off, we’ve put together a selection of what we think are the top sitcoms of all time. How did we come up with them? Well…
We started by putting together our own personal lists of greatest sitcoms and then scanned numerous “expert” lists that have been assembled over the years. Next, we looked at the top 30 ratings over the past 50+ years and then, added in any sitcom that lasted for at least seven seasons (they must have been doing something right!). Finally, we added in your suggestions. We may not have every show but we’ve got more than 200 top contenders.
In the case where there was some question about whether a show was a drama or a sitcom, we looked at the show’s Emmy history. For example, Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives have been nominated as “Best Comedy” so they are eligible. Boston Legal, on the other hand, was considered a drama.
Now, as we move on to the voting, we’re putting it all in your hands. There are lots of sitcoms to choose from but that won’t last long.
For this round, we’ve grouped the shows by decade. If a show initially aired in more than one, we put it in the decade when most of its episodes aired. For most decades, we split the choices up into two polls. For the 2000’s, we broke them up into four because there were just so many.
At the end of this round, we’ll take the top vote-getters from each decade and pit them against one another. The winners of those groupings will then compete against one another, and so on, 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 19th. So, please get busy! You’ve got some tough choices to make!
NOTE: This round is now closed. Please go to round two!
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This sitcom centers around blue-collar couple Doug (Kevin James ) and Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini) as they share their humble Queens, N.Y. home with Carrie's eccentric father, Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller). Doug's only refuge from Arthur's craziness is the bits of time he can spend alone with Carrie or watching sports on TV with buddies Deacon Palmer (Victor Williams), Spence Olchin (Patton Oswalt), and his cousin Danny Heffernan (Gary Valentine).