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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • #90. The Addams Family (1964–1966)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 13,528
    - Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

    Released the same year as “The Munsters” was this similar sitcom about a lovable, but macabre family of outsiders. Based on a cartoon series by Charles Addams, the show introduced audiences to classic characters Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch. Like “The Munsters,” “The Addams Family” only ran for two seasons, but endured well past its cancellation date. In 1991, a star-studded movie version smashed expectations at the box office, though the same couldn’t be said for the 1993 sequel.

  • #89. Undeclared (2001–2003)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 16,048
    - Stars: Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena

    On the heels of “Freaks and Geeks” came this similarly short-lived series from Judd Apatow, which likewise went on to earn a cult following. In the show, college freshman Steve Karp is poised to have the time of his life in a co-ed dorm, until his recently divorced father shows up with plans to party. To Apatow’s chagrin, Fox originally aired certain episodes out of order, with one episode never being aired at all. It’s no surprise then that the sitcom never made it past its first season. Thankfully, bigger and better things lay in wait for not just Apatow, but a number of the show’s stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, and Charlie Hunnam.

  • #88. Reno 911! (2003–2009)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 16,164
    - Stars: Thomas Lennon, Niecy Nash, Cedric Yarbrough, Robert Ben Garant

    Putting a comedic spin on shows like “Cops,” this mockumentary takes a fly-on-the-wall approach toward the exploits of Reno Police Department. To capitalize on the show’s popularity, a movie version, “Reno 911!: Miami,” came out in 2007. Before collaborating on this project, series co-creators Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, and Thomas Lennon all starred together on MTV sketch comedy show, “The State,” a veritable cult classic in its day.

  • #87. Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 18,654
    - Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Mr. Lawrence

    An Australian wallaby named Rocko moves to the United States in this animated comedy, which aired for four seasons on Nickelodeon. Joined by a cow, a turtle, and a dog, Rocko deals with everything from troublesome vacuum cleaners to clogged toilets, all of it going down by way of a zany, surrealist aesthetic. One of the show’s animators was Stephen Hillenburg, who would go on to create “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

  • #86. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 29,873
    - Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

    The exploits of four elderly women living in Miami might not sound like a hit series in the making, but “The Golden Girls” nevertheless endures as one of the most classic sitcoms of all time. Bolstered by brilliant writing and the natural dynamic between its four main leads, the show remains compulsively watchable, even decades after its final air date. Fun fact: Estelle Getty plays Bea Arthur’s mother in the show, but was actually younger than Arthur in real life.

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  • #85. Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 41,699
    - Stars: Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh, Frank Welker

    One of Cartoon Network’s first Cartoon Cartoons, this animated series follows a boy genius named Dexter who performs experiments in his secret bedroom laboratory. Dexter’s parents may be none the wiser, but his annoying sister catches on to his antics, then tags along for a range of wacky sci-fi adventures.

  • #84. Weeds (2005–2012)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 100,472
    - Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon

    TV legend Jenji Kohan created this hit series for Showtime, in which a desperate suburban widow (Mary-Louise Parker) resorts to pot-dealing to support her family. Like a semi-comedic predecessor to “Breaking Bad,” the show finds its protagonist coming up against a range of obstacles as she gains market share. In the process, she discovers that everyone from nearby neighbors to local politicians are privy to the occasional (or frequent) toke.

  • #83. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - IMDb user votes: 115,286
    - Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali

    Saddled with a massive tax bill from the IRS, hip-hop star Will Smith (aka Fresh Prince) signed on to this NBC sitcom and rose to the foremost ranks of television. Of course, that was merely the beginning of what would eventually become an A-list movie career. In the show, Smith moves from West Philadelphia to Bel-Air, where he influences all those around him by way of his infectious, street-savvy personality. To this day, it’s hard not to see the words “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” without hearing the catchy theme song.

  • #82. The Comeback (2005–2014)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - IMDb user votes: 5,911
    - Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman

    On HBO’s “The Comeback,” Lisa Kudrow stars as out-of-work actress Valerie Cherish, who undergoes all sorts of embarrassing ordeals as she tries to relaunch her career. There to catch every moment is a somewhat bewildered camera crew. While the series itself is presented as found footage from an abandoned reality show. Co-created by Kudrow and Michael Patrick King, the acclaimed show failed to land with audiences during its first season in 2005, but was nevertheless brought back for a second and final season in 2014.  

  • #81. Ugly Americans (2010–2012)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - IMDb user votes: 8,997
    - Stars: Matt Oberg, Natasha Leggero, Kurt Metzger, Randy Pearlstein

    This subversive animated series from Comedy Central takes place in an alternate version of New York City where monsters and humans coexist. As social worker Mark deals with his zombie roommate, demon boss, and succubus girlfriend, he struggles to maintain an optimistic disposition. Despite receiving high marks from the viewers who actually watched it, the show was canceled after two seasons.

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