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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • #60. Workaholics (2011–2017)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb user votes: 44,625
    - Stars: Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Maribeth Monroe

    Three inseparable slackers do everything but work in “Workaholics,” which aired on Comedy Central for seven seasons. Co-created by its three stars, Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, and Anders Holm, the series follows the trio from one harebrained scheme to the next, unleashing a bevy of crude jokes and memorable characters along the way. “Gotta be fresh,” goes the theme song, and for the most part, the show abides.

  • #59. Bob's Burgers (2011– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb user votes: 61,306
    - Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts

    This animated series centers on the oddball Belcher family and their fledgling burger joint. The sitcom goes big on personality and usually concludes with a musical number during the end credits. A running gag is Bob’s “Burger of the Day,” which offers a play on words like the “Rest in Peas Burger,” the “Olive and Let Die Burger,” and so on. It was co-created by Loren Bouchard, who was previously co-creator of Cartoon Network’s “Home Movies.”

  • #58. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb user votes: 79,270
    - Stars: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown

    Combining impressive animation skills with a background in marine biology, Stephen Hillenburg created “SpongeBob SquarePants” and subsequently fried children’s brains, according to one study. Alarmist studies notwithstanding, the show about a talking sea sponge and his wacky friends remains a bona fide smash hit, complete with widespread merchandising, a range of video games, and two feature film adaptations.

  • #57. That '70s Show (1998–2006)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb user votes: 148,953
    - Stars: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson

    “Hanging out, down the street!” So goes the opening song for this Fox sitcom, which accordingly follows a group of Wisconsin friends as they hang out in the street, in the basement, in bedrooms, and anywhere else where their parents can’t find them. It all goes down in the 1970s, hence the name, the clothes, the hairstyles, and the interior decorations. Bringing the premise even further to life are a number of future stars, including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Topher Grace. In an effort to capitalize on the show’s success, Fox released a spiritual successor, “That ‘80s Show” which landed with a dull thud.   

  • #56. Family Guy (1999– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb user votes: 296,225
    - Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

    Saved from cancellation not once, but twice, Seth MacFarlane’s animated series now endures as a mainstay on the Fox network and in popular culture alike. Despite an opening theme song that laments the decline of old-fashioned values, “Family Guy” delivers an endless supply of raunchy jokes and morally bankrupt characters, skewering the traditional sitcom format.

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  • #55. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.1
    - IMDb user votes: 690,003
    - Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

     “The Big Bang Theory” expertly blends old-school formulas with modern themes. Co-created by sitcom wizard Chuck Lorre, the show follows a group of self-professed geeks and their respective girlfriends as they bicker about everything big and small, and occasionally solve the universe’s greatest riddles.

  • #54. Sledge Hammer! (1986–1988)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 5,757
    - Stars: David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page, Leslie Morris

    Satirizing American gun culture and crime dramas like “Dirty Harry,” this cult comedy from the mid-'80s centers on a deranged cop named Sledge Hammer, who thinks extreme violence is pretty much the answer to everything. Despite running for a mere two seasons, the series retained a loyal fan base known as “hammerheads.”

  • #53. Legit (2013–2014)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 7,779
    - Stars: Jim Jefferies, Dan Bakkedahl, DJ Qualls, Mindy Sterling

    After premiering on FX, then trying its luck on FXX, this vulgar-but-earnest comedy from Jim Jefferies was canceled due to low ratings. Over the course of two acclaimed seasons, Jefferies and his friends set out to discover what it means to be a good person, though their approach isn’t exactly wholesome by traditional standards. Nowadays, the Australian comedian can be found over on Comedy Central, where he hosts a weekly talk show.

  • #52. The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992–1996)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 8,718
    - Stars: Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe, Alison Fanelli

    Two red-headed brothers both named Pete are the subject of this quirky sitcom, which ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons. Originally based on a series of one-minute shorts, the show takes place in the fictional town of Wellsville, and features regular appearances from Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Kate Pierson from the B-52s. Thanks to a distinct surrealist aesthetic, “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” appealed to kids and adults alike, and retains a cult following more than two decades after its final air date.

  • #51. Get Smart (1965–1970)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 10,479
    - Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

    Decades before the lackluster film adaptation was this riotous TV comedy from co-creator Mel Brooks. Based on a short-lived comic book series, “Get Smart” provides a farcical alternative to the James Bond franchise or shows like “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” In the series, bumbling Agent 86 and efficient Agent 99 take on KAOS, an evil organization continually bent on world domination.

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