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100 best sitcoms of all time

  • #50. One Day at a Time (2017– )

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 11,679
    - Stars: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz

    Streaming giant Netflix isn’t exactly known for traditional sitcoms, but “One Day at a Time” ranks among the few exceptions. Inspired by a previous show of the same name, the acclaimed series puts three generations of a Cuban-American family under one roof, paving the way for all sorts of heartwarming comedy. TV veteran Normal Lea—who co-created the original sitcom upon which this one is based—serves as a writer and executive producer.  

  • #49. The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–2019)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 19,184
    - Stars: Dan Russell, Teresa Gallagher, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Jacob Hopkins

    Still going strong is this award-winning series on Cartoon Network, which takes place in the fictional town of Elmore and chronicles the adventures of a blue cat named Gumball. Over the course of six seasons, the show has undergone a number of stylistic changes in terms of aesthetic and tone alike. Additionally, it employs a range of visual styles within a given episode, including CGI, live-action, stop-motion, puppetry, and traditional animation.

  • #48. Better Off Ted (2009–2010)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 24,128
    - Stars: Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin

    Set in a ruthless corporation where employees are treated like guinea pigs, this acclaimed series pokes fun at everything from American greed to the sitcom format itself. At the center of it all is Ted, an upper-level manager who tries to keep his soul intact while serving at the behest of his superiors. Despite being highly regarded by viewers and critics alike, the show didn’t make it past two seasons.   

  • #47. Party Down (2009–2010)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 26,807
    - Stars: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr

    Struggling actors work at a catering company to make ends meet in this cult classic from Rob Thomas, who would go on to create shows like “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie.” Fortified by clever writing and a number of celebrity cameos, the show extracted terrific situational comedy out of its somewhat banal premise. Due to abysmal ratings, “Party Down” was canceled after two seasons, but enjoys a loyal following to this day.

  • #46. The League (I) (2009–2015)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 42,632
    - Stars: Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi

    In this endlessly quotable sitcom, a group of friends go to ridiculous extremes while squaring off over fantasy football. The series debuted on FX, then moved over to FXX from 2013 to 2015. In the vein of shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” every episode of “The League” works off of an incomplete script, letting each cast member fill in the rest by way of improvisation.

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  • #45. Eastbound & Down (2009–2013)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 49,892
    - Stars: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon, Elizabeth De Razzo

    Former baseball legend Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) returns to his hometown and lands a job as a gym teacher in this outrageous HBO comedy series. Co-created by McBride, “Eastbound & Down” is essentially a showcase for his character’s singular brand of misguided machismo. Despite wrapping up years ago, the series continues to earn new fans.

  • #44. The Good Place (2016–2020)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 96,549
    - Stars: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden

    Set in the afterlife, “The Good Place” follows its four main characters as they desperately try to avoid eternal damnation, resorting to every possible trick in the book. There to pull the occasional string is a demon named Michael, played by Ted Danson.

  • #43. 30 Rock (2006–2013)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.2
    - IMDb user votes: 108,573
    - Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jack McBrayer

    Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, this celebrated sitcom from Tina Fey takes place behind the scenes at a sketch comedy show in the mold of “Saturday Night Live." Thanks to brilliant writing and a talented cast, the show slings jokes at the speed of sound. Starring alongside Fey are Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, and Jane Krakowski, each of whom brings a distinct personality to the table.  

  • #42. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 8,267
    - Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

    The last sitcom to be shot in black and white, this certifiable classic stars Van Dyke as a popular TV writer and Mary Tyler Moore his wife. The two made for such a convincing couple that a large number of viewers thought they were married in real life. Comedy legend Carl Reiner created the show and appears in 32 episodes.

  • #41. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - IMDb user votes: 11,516
    - Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

    A hunky-dory whistle sets the tone for this classic 1960s TV show, about a small-town sheriff (Andy Griffith) who seems to deal with everything but actual crime in the town of Mayberry. Even though Griffith didn’t create the show, it’s said that Mayberry was inspired by his original hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Featured in the cast is a young Ron Howard.

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