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100 Greatest U.S. Sitcoms

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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       


Edited By:
List Begun: 2015-06-12
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-present
(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)






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