100 Greatest U.S. Sitcoms

Criteria: "Sitcoms" are defined as half-hour scripted programs (possibly with occasional special episodes of different length) where humor is a significant component, with a regular cast of characters. Programs are ranked on original popularity (meaning ratings during the show's original run), lasting popularity (for syndication and other later rebroadcasts, along with home video sales), acclaim, and influence.

ABBREVIATIONS:
C: creator (or equivalent credit)
EP: executive producer (shown only when no creator credit exists)
S: starring
V: voices 
      
1. I Love Lucy
CBS 1951-57
(EP: Desi Arnaz S: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley)


2. All In the Family
CBS 1971-79
(C: Norman Lear S: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, Rob Reiner)


3. M*A*S*H
CBS 1972-1983
(C: Larry Gelbart S: Alan Alda, MacLean Stevenson, Harry Morgan, Loretta Swit, Gary Burghoff)


4. The Honeymooners
CBS 1955-56
(C: Jackie Gleason S: Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, Joyce Randolph)


5. Seinfeld
NBC 1989-98
(C: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld S: Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards)


6. The Simpsons
Fox 1989-present
(C: Matt Groening V: Dan Castellanata, Julie Kavner, Lisa Cartwright, Yeardley Smith)


7. Cheers
NBC 1982-1993
(C: James Burrows, Glen Charles, Les Charles S: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Kristie Alley, Woody Harrelson)


8. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
CBS 1970-77
(C: James L. Brooks, Allan Burns S: Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight)


9. The Andy Griffith Show
CBS 1960-68
(C: Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Leonard, Danny Thomas S: Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier)


10. The Cosby Show
NBC 1984-92
(C: Ed Weinberger, Michael Leeson, Bill Cosby S: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashas, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe)


11. The Beverly Hillbillies
CBS 1962-71
(C: Paul Henning S: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr.)


12. Taxi
ABC 1978-82; NBC 1982-83
(C: James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, Ed Weinberger S: Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza)


13. The Odd Couple
ABC 1970-75
(C: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson S: Jack Klugman, Tony Randall)


14. The Brady Bunch
ABC 1969-74
(C: Sherwood Schwartz S: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Ann B. Davis)


15. Roseanne
ABC 1988-97
(C: Matt Williams S: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert)


16. The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet
ABC 1952-66
(C: Ozzie Nelson S: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Rick Nelson, David Nelson)


17. Friends
NBC 1994-2004
(C: David Crane, Marta Kauffman S: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer)


18. Sanford & Son
NBC 1972-77
(C: Bud Yorkin S: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Whitman Mayo)


19. Bewitched
ABC 1964-72
(C: Sol Saks S: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead)


20. The Office
NBC 2005-13
(C: Greg Daniels S: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer)


21. Get Smart
NBC 1965-69; CBS 1969-70
(C: Mel Brooks, Buck Henry S: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Dick Gautier)


22. Happy Days
ABC 1974-84
(C: Garry Marshall S: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley)


23. Frasier
NBC 1993-2004
(C: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee S: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney)


24. The Phil Silvers Show (aka You'll Never Get Rich, aka Sgt. Bilko)
CBS 1955-59
(C: Nat Hiken S: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Allen Melvin, Paul Ford)


25. Maude
CBS 1972-78
(C: Norman Lear S: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain)


26. The Big Bang Theory
CBS 2007-2019
(C: Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady S: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar)


27. The Dick Van Dyke Show
CBS 1961-66
(C: Carl Reiner S; Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam)


28. Murphy Brown
CBS 1988-98
(C: Diane English S: Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Robert Pastorelli)


29. Modern Family
ABC 2009-present
(C: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan S: Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet)


30. South Park
Comedy Central 1997-present
(C: Trey Parker, Matt Stone V: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall)


31. Gilligan's Island 
CBS 1964-67
(C: Sherwood Schwartz S: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells)


32. The Wonder Years
ABC 1988-93
(C: Neal Marlens, Carol Black S: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey)


33. Everybody Loves Raymond
CBS 1996-2005
(C: Phillip Rosenthal S: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle)


34. Barney Miller
ABC 1975-82
(C: Danny Arnold, Theodore J. Flicker S: Hal Linden, Max Gail, Ron Glass, Steve Landesberg)


35. The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
CBS 1959-63
(C: Max Shulman S: Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, Florida Friebus, Tuesday Weld)


36. Make Room For Daddy (aka The Danny Thomas Show)
ABC 1953-57, CBS 1957-64
(EP: Sheldon Leonard, Charles Stewart S: Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen, Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hagen)


37. Three's Company
ABC 1977-84
(C: Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West S: John Ritter, Suzanne Somers, Joyce DeWitt, Norman Fell)


38. Married...With Children
Fox 1987-97
(C: Michael G. Moye, Ron Leavitt S: Ed O'Neill, Katey Segal, Christina Applegate, David Faustino)


39. Newhart
CBS 1982-90
(C: Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull S: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy)


40. Arrested Development
Fox 2003-06, Netflix 2013-present
(C: Michael Hurwitz S: Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera)


41. My Three Sons
ABC 1960-65, CBS 1965-72
(C: George Tibbles, Don Fedderson S: Fred MacMurray, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston, Tim Considine, Barry Livingston)


42. The Flintstones
ABC 1960-66
(C: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera V: Alan Reed, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet)


43. Leave It To Beaver
CBS 1957-58, ABC 1958-63
(C: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher S: Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow)


44. Two And A Half Men
CBS 2003-15
(C: Chuck Lorre, Lee Aronsohn S: Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher)


45. Gomer Pyle—USMC
CBS 1964-69
(C: Aaron Ruben S: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, Roy Stuart, Elizabeth MacRae)


46. The Life Of Riley
NBC 1953-58
(EP: Tom McKnight S: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D'Andrea, Gloria Blondell)


47. Home Improvement
ABC 1991-99
(C: Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Matt Williams S: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Richard Karn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas)


48. Full House
ABC 1987-95
(C: Jeff Franklin S: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson, Candace Cameron)


49. Father Knows Best
CBS 1954-55, 1958-60, NBC 1955-58
(C: Ed James S:Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin)


50. 30 Rock
NBC 2006-13
(C: Tina Fey S: Tina Fey, Alex Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer)


51. The Golden Girls
NBC 1985-92
(C: Susan Harris S: Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty)


52. The Monkees
NBC 1966-68
(C: Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider S: Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork)


53. Family Ties
NBC 1982-89
(C: Gary David Goldberg S: Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Michael Gross, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers)


54. The Jeffersons
CBS 1975-85
(C: Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West S: Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker)


55. Laverne & Shirley
ABC 1976-83
(C: Garry Marshall, Lowell Ganz, Mark Rothman S: Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, David L. Lander)


56. Soap
ABC 1977-81
(C: Susan Harris S: Katherine Helmond, Cathryn Damon, Robert Mandan, Richard Mulligan, Billy Crystal)


57. The Bob Newhart Show
CBS 1972-78
(C: David Davis, Lorenzo Music S: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace, Bill Daily)


58. Family Matters
ABC 1989-97, CBS 1997-98
(C: William Bickley, Michael Warren S: Jaleel White, Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary)


59. Rhoda
CBS 1974-78
(C: James L. Brooks, Allan Burns S: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Nancy Walker, David Groh)


60. The Addams Family
ABC 1964-66
(C: David Levy S: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy)


61. Dennis The Menace
CBS 1959-63
(EP: Harry Ackerman S: Jay North, Joseph Kearns, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry)


62. Sex & The City
HBO 1998-2004
(C: Darren Star S: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon)


63. Alice
CBS 1976-85
(C: Robert Getchell S: Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland, Polly Holliday, Phillip McKeon)


64. Hogan's Heroes
CBS 1965-71
(C: Bernard Fein, Albert S. Ruddy S: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, Ivan Dixon, Richard Dawson)


65. Family Affair
CBS 1966-71
(C: Don Fedderson S: Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, Johnny Whitaker)


66. The Munsters
CBS 1964-66
(C: Allan Burns, Chris Hayward S: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick)


67. I Dream Of Jeannie
NBC 1965-70
(C: Sidney Sheldon C: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Roarke)


68. Mad About You
NBC 1992-99
(C: Paul Reiser, Danny Jacobson S: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Anne Ramsay, John Pankow)


69. Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO 2000-11
(C: Larry David S: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman)


70. Diff'rent Strokes
NBC 1978-85, ABC 1985-86
(C: Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff S: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato, Charlotte Rae)


71. Night Court
NBC 1984-92
(C: Reinhold Weege S: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Markie Post, Richard Moll)


72. Hazel
NBC 1961-65, CBS 1965-66
(C: Ted Key S: Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake, Bobby Buntrock)


73. Growing Pains
ABC 1985-92
(C: Neal Marlens S: Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns)


74. WKRP In Cincinnati
CBS 1978-82
(C: Hugh Wilson S: Howard Hesseman, Tim Reid, Gary Sandy, Loni Anderson, Gordon Jump, Richard Sanders, Frank Bonner)


75. Who's The Boss
ABC 1984-92
(C: Martin Cohan, Blake Hunter S: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, Katherine Helmond)


76. Welcome Back, Kotter
ABC 1975-79
(C: Gabe Kaplan, Alan Sacks S: Gabe Kaplan, John Travolta, Robert Hegyes, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Ron Palillo)


77. Green Acres
CBS 1965-71
(C: Jay Sommers S: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Pat Buttram, Tom Lester, Frank Cady)


78. Good Times
CBS 1974-79
(C: Eric Monte, Michael Evans S: Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, Bern Nadette Stanis, Ralph Carter)


79. One Day At A Time
CBS 1975-84
(C: Whitney Blake, Allan Manings S: Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Pat Harrington)


80. Will & Grace
NBC 1998-2006
(C: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick S: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes)


81. Petticoat Junction
CBS 1963-1970
(C: Paul Henning, Ruth Henning S: Bea Benaderet, Edgar Buchanan, Linda Kaye, Rufe Davis)


82. Chico & The Man
NBC 1974-78
(C: James Komack S: Jack Albertson, Freddie Prinze, Della Reese, Scatman Crothers, Isaac Ruiz)


83. Sports Night
ABC 1998-2000
(C: Aaron Sorkin S: Peter Krause, Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Robert Guillaume, Joshua Malina, Sabrina Lloyd)


84. My Favorite Martian
CBS 1963-66
(C: John L. Greene S: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton, Alan Hewitt, Ann Marshall)


85. Family Guy
Fox 1999-2003, 2005-present
(C: Seth MacFarlane V: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis)


86. The Patty Duke Show
ABC 1963-69
(C: William Asher, Sidney Sheldon S: Patty Duke, William Schallert, Jean Byron, Paul O'Keefe)


87. How I Met Your Mother
CBS 2005-14
(C: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas S: Josh Radnor, Jason Segal, Neil Patrick Harris, Colbie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan)


88. Saved By The Bell
NBC 1989-93
(C: Sam Bobrick S: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhees)


89. The Real McCoys
ABC 1957-62, CBS 1962-63
(C: Irving Pincus S: Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Lydia Reed, Michael Winkelman)


90. The Partridge Family
ABC 1970-74
(C: Bernard Slade S: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Dave Madden)


91. The Donna Reed Show
ABC 1958-66
(C: William S. Roberts S: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen, Patty Petersen)


92. Mr. Ed
Syndication 1961, CBS 1961-66
(C: Walter R. Brooks V: Allan Lane S: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Larry Keating, Edna Skinner)


93. The Jetsons
ABC 1962-63
(C: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera V: George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler)


94. Clarissa Explains It All
Nickelodeon 1991-94
(C: Mitchell Kriegman S: Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess, Joe O'Connor, Sean O'Neal)


95. Blossom
NBC 1990-95
(C: Don Reo S: Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence, Jenna von Oy, Michael Stoyanov, Ted Wass)


96. What's Happening
ABC 1976-79
(C: Eric Monte S: Ernest Lee Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Fred Berry, Shirley Hemphill, Danielle Spencer)


97. ALF 
NBC 1986-90
(C: Paul Fusco, Tom Patchett S: Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Alson, Benji Gregory)


98. The Flying Nun
ABC 1967-70
(C: Max Wylie, Harry Ackerman S: Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood, Shelley Morrison)


99. Benson
ABC 1979-86
(C: Susan Harris S: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold, Rene Auberjonois)


100. Perfect Strangers
ABC 1986-93
(C: Dale McRaven S: Bronson Pinchot, Mark-Linn Baker, Ernie Sabella, Melanie Wilson, Rebeca Arthur)


Last Updated: 2015-06-12