The sitcom has a very epic quality (short for situational comedy). These programs frequently depict regular people working in conventional American occupations; examples include homemakers, salespeople, police officers, and bartenders. “Sitcoms let us escape by embracing the mundane: In watching someone else’s life, we take a break from our own and learn to appreciate what we have anew,” Chris Hinton of Looper says.

Another great thing about comedy is that they frequently last under half an hour, usually hitting the 21-23 minute sweet spot. That makes them a welcome diversion from the weighty, hour-long prestige dramas that predominate the television landscape. It may be very challenging to decide what to watch with so much television accessible. To simplify, we’ve compiled a list of the greatest comedies in T.V. history. Please enjoy reading about the most rewatchable sitcoms of all time, and may many happy viewing hours be in your future.

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy, one of the first sitcoms, made its C.B.S. debut on October 15, 1951. It ran for six seasons and 180 episodes, soon becoming a titan of television. The popularity of the program was genuinely unmatched. During its second season on the air, it even achieved a massive, record-breaking 67.3 Nielsen rating, which indicated that roughly 67 percent of Americans were turning in.

Looking back, it’s simple to understand why “I Love Lucy” may be watched repeatedly. The primary actress Lucille Ball’s characters, Lucy and Cuban Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), also Ball’s real-life husband, were the subject of the first television program to center on an interracial relationship. Ball becoming the first actress to portray a pregnant woman on television was only one of several taboos that the show took great pleasure in shattering.

One of the most enduring T.V. characters is Lucy. The show is highly captivating with an incredibly talented supporting cast and her continual ventures into mayhem.

The Andy Griffith Show

Following “I Love Lucy’s” dominance of C.B.S. throughout the 1950s, “The Andy Griffith Show” ran on the same network from 1960 to 1968 for eight seasons and an enormous 249 episodes. Sheriff Andy Taylor of the made-up little town of Mayberry, North Carolina, is portrayed by Andy Griffith. Don Knotts’ Barney Fife, the rather inept but usually well-intentioned deputy, was one of the series’ most iconic supporting actors. Although he didn’t play the lead, Knotts’ performance was praised virtually universally and earned him an astonishing five Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actor.

The 1963 episode “Citizen’s Arrest,” one of Knotts’ greatest, is a prime example. In it, Barney cites Gomer Pyle for a traffic infraction but later commits the same offense (Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., played by Jim Nabors). Pyle attempts a citizen’s arrest, resulting in plenty of confusion, humiliation, and kind-hearted humor—three of the things “The Andy Griffith Show” was best known for.

The Bob Newhart Show

From 1972 until 1978, “The Bob Newhart Show” aired on C.B.S. for an impressive six seasons and 142 episodes, frequently succeeding the longtime audience favorite “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Bob Newhart, a comedian, acquired his trademark deadpan approach from the program, which would characterize him for the remainder of his career. Many strange scenarios and belly laughter resulted from Newhart’s portrayal of psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley, who interacted with his family, friends, and patients.

Suzanne Pleshette played Emily, Hartley’s wife, Marcia Wallace played Bob’s receptionist, and Bill Daily played Howard, Bob and Emily’s close friend and next-door neighbor. Bill Daily is best recognized today for providing Edna Krabappel’s voice on “The Simpsons.” Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley) made an appearance on an episode of “St. Elsewhere,” “A.L.F.,” and “Newhart,” while Newhart himself reprised his part on “Murphy Brown” and “Saturday Night Live” due to how well-liked the characters were.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, who were instrumental in the development and popularity of “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” among other C.B.S. mainstays, produced “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which ran for an astonishing seven seasons and 168 episodes. While working as a television producer on the W.J.M. news broadcast in Minneapolis, actress, and comedian Mary Tyler Moore made significant advancements as Mary Richards, playing an unmarried woman who is not only single but also takes great delight in it.

Ed Asner, Betty White, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Phyllis Lindstrom, Ted Knight, and Gavin MacLeod are a few of the cast’s many standout comedy actors. The show is adored for its beautiful characters, which stood out from the typical sitcom material of the time by feeling much more grounded and real. It’s simple to watch “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on a nearly endless loop for those who enjoy a vintage sitcom with a little more depth.

Cheers

Who wouldn’t want to travel to a place where “everyone knows your name”? That location is Cheers, which also bears the name of the well-known N.B.C. comedy and serves as the main setting for the show. “Cheers” was a television series that aired on N.B.C. for 11 seasons and 275 episodes from 1982 to 1993. It followed the patrons, employees, and proprietors of a bar.

Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, is a former Boston Red Sox pitcher who now owns Cheers and works as the bartender. Sam and his on-screen love interest Diane (Shelley Long), who left the program in the fifth season, were the subject of several seasons’ worth of episodes. Among the numerous famous characters that have been presented over the years are manager Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley), Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger), and Norm Peterson (George Wendt), as well as waitress Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman).

The program received an astounding 117 Primetime Emmy nominations—it was nominated for outstanding comedy series each season—and took home 28 of them. With a whopping 84.4 million viewers, the series conclusion, “One For the Road,” which promised Diane’s long-awaited comeback, became the second-highest watched the series finale of all time, trailing only “M*A*S*H.”

Happy Days

Garry Marshall (director of “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” and “Beaches”) produced the A.B.C. sitcom “Happy Days,” which ran for an incredible 11 seasons and 255 episodes. Today, the character Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), popularly known as Fonzie, is the one for whom the show is most widely remembered. The Fonz, a high school dropout and inescapably groovy person, was initially a tiny recurrent character. Still, as ratings dropped during the second season, the show underwent a retooling, and he became a significant element of the program. Winkler was outstanding as the bad kid with a heart, contributed significantly to the show’s success, and extended its run.

Episodes of “Happy Days” featured a tonne of wonderful music because the series was set in the mid-1950s. The show had a significant influence and helped launch no fewer than five spin-off shows, including “Laverne & Shirley,” “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Out of the Blue,” and Robin Williams-starring “Mork & Mindy.”

All in the Family

“All in the Family” on C.B.S. is the only show to consider when discussing truly innovative sitcoms. The show’s 205 episodes, which aired for nine seasons between 1971 and 1979, dealt with a wide range of challenging topics, including but not limited to racism, impotence, the Vietnam War, infidelity, cancer, and women’s liberation. Archie Bunker, who was frequently referred to as a “lovable bigot,” is portrayed by Carroll O’Connor. Even though Archie’s prejudices were made abundantly evident and the blue-collar World War II veteran held a harsh mirror to society, “All in the Family” managed to approach weighty subjects in an astonishingly successful manner: through humor.

The remainder of the outstanding cast includes Rob Reiner as Michael, Gloria’s husband, Jean Stapleton as Edith, Archie’s snarky and endearing wife, Sally Struthers as Gloria, their daughter, and Jean Stapleton as Edith, who frequently disagrees with Archie. Few sitcoms have tackled difficult subjects head-on, like “All in the Family,” and the show repeatedly tackling contentious topics while eliciting limitless laughter is simply great.

Sanford and Son

It’s easy to see how “Sanford and Son,” a beloved N.B.C. sitcom, may have been perceived by some as a response to C.B.S.’ “All in the Family.” The irascible conman Fred G. Sanford (Redd Foxx) is eager to carry out an infinite array of get-rich-quick schemes, despite the knowledge of everyone around him that they will fail. The show’s perpetual peacemaker, Lamont Sanford, constantly tries to make up for his father’s attitude as Fred, who is also a rather unrelenting bigot and perpetually cranky.

One of the first sitcoms with a predominately Black cast, “Sanford and Son” made history. The show has a tonne of memorable running jokes and catchphrases, and its race-based humour has always been adorably edgy. Not only is “Sanford and Son” ground-breaking television, but it’s also entertaining and effortless to watch again.

The Jeffersons

They are ascending and heading toward the east. The cheerful “The Jeffersons” theme song perfectly captures the happiness that the show’s 253 episodes and 11 seasons offered to viewers. The C.B.S. sitcom, which followed George Jefferson and his wife Louise as they relocated from Queens to an opulent Manhattan apartment, aired for ten years from 1975 to 1985. It starred Sherman Hensley and Isabel Sanford. George is the owner and operator of the wildly popular Jefferson Cleaners dry cleaning franchise. The Bunker family’s neighbours in “All in the Family” were the Jeffersons, and sitcom genius Norman Lear created “The Jeffersons” as a spin-off of that acclaimed show.

The cornerstone of “The Jeffersons'” legacy, according to Danielle Cadet for HuffPost, is how it “helped ease the discussion of topics like race and class on American television (and beyond).” Its success also demonstrated that African American sitcoms did, in fact, connect with general audiences, she adds.

The Golden Girls

Sitcoms frequently focus on young families, but “The Golden Girls,” which explored the lives of four roommates who happen to be older women, transformed television. During their, oh, golden years in Miami, Florida, Rose Nylund (Betty White), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) navigate love, sex, and one another on the television show.

The program gained widespread praise throughout its seven-season run, which spanned 180 episodes from 1985 to 1992. It also won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, including twice the outstanding comedy series prize. The program frequently made listeners laugh while tackling complex issues like aging and death. It even included several jokes about killing people by having sex with them. The show’s excellent actors all enjoyed successful careers, and its friendly, welcoming environment makes it simple to watch repeatedly.

The Simpsons

Few television programs have persisted as long as “The Simpsons,” which debuted in 1989 and is currently in its 33rd (!) season with more to come. The indomitable yellow family from Springfield has won the hearts of viewers everywhere. While its most recent episodes don’t quite live up to its early seasons, they still contain some of the best moments in television history. Few shows have had as much cultural influence as Matt Groening’s, with phrases like “D’oh!” and “Eat my shorts!” becoming commonplace.

There is simply no stopping “The Simpsons,” and despite having far over 600 episodes, the program is still eminently rewatchable because of its amazing early seasons. Amazing episodes with captivating plotlines, beautiful family moments, and absolutely amazing humour include “Bart Sells His Soul,” “King-Size Homer,” “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield,” and “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” These episodes are among the best in the entire series.

Seinfeld

“Seinfeld” was a brilliant sitcom that Larry David and comedian Jerry Seinfeld produced. It aired on N.B.C. for nine seasons between 1989 and 1998. Larry David also created the wonderful sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” As a fictitious version of himself who lives in New York City and performs stand-up comedy, Seinfeld spends his free time with his equally neurotic acquaintances. The program received widespread praise and received a whopping 68 Primetime Emmy nominations. It was also awarded 10 times, including once for outstanding comedy series.

Jerry’s closest buddies George Costanza (Jason Alexander), amusing ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and quirky neighbor Cosmo Kramer were all part of the fantastic cast (Michael Richards). The four friends in “Seinfeld” were all rather horrible but endearing characters, so it makes perfect sense that the show was always willing to find humour in awkward circumstances. The show’s last episode was seen by an astounding 76.3 million viewers, making it the third-most watched finale in history.

Frasier

Few programs have ever been as successful regarding complete and total awards supremacy as “Frasier.” The program, which began as a “Cheers” spin-off before becoming an unstoppable force for N.B.C., earned an incredible 37 Primetime Emmy Awards, making it the most-awarded sitcom. Only “Saturday Night Live” has more comedies, although even that programme has an unfair advantage given that it has been on the air for close to 50 seasons.

In “Frasier,” Kelsey Grammer plays psychiatrist Frasier Crane, a former Cheers regular who relocates to Seattle and starts a new job as a radio broadcaster where he gives advise to his listeners. Relationships between Frasier and his family are restored, particularly those with his father Martin and younger brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), a psychiatrist (John Mahoney). Throughout its 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004, “Frasier” ruled the airways and enchanted audiences with its sophisticated, highbrow humour.

Living Single

While many of these sitcoms were the talk of the town. When they first debuted, others, such as “Living Single,” were a little less well-known. “Living Single” examined the lives of a group of single young people pursuing a love career. And their wildest aspirations in Brooklyn throughout its five seasons. And 110 episodes. It was a great source of humor and charm. Queen Latifah portrayed the successful magazine publisher and editor Khadijah James in the sitcom. Also featured was Kim Coles as Synclaire James-Jones, Kadijah’s cousin. And an aspiring actress, and Erica Alexander as Max Shaw, Khadijah’s closest friend, and a tenacious lawyer.

It’s enjoyable to see “Living Single,” a sitcom that revolutionized primetime television with its insightful and nuanced portrayals of Black people. Re-watching this hilarious comedy brings many joys even though it never quite reaches the heights of “Friends,” which aired at the same time.

Friends

Few television programs influenced American culture like “Friends,” which ran an incredible 10 seasons. The David Crane and Marta Kauffman-created program. Follow a group of six friends searching for love and success in Manhattan during their 20s and 30s. The fantastic cast, included Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Anniston), and Phoebe Buffay (played by Lisa Kudrow). Monica Gellar (played by Courtney Cox), Joey Tribiani (played by Matt LeBlanc), and Ross Gellar (played by David Schwimmer). And Chandler Bing (played by Matthew Perry), rose to fame as well-known television personalities.

The will-they-or-won’t-they connection between Ross and Rachel was the show’s central mystery. Which wasn’t fully explained until the series finale, which, by the way. It was the fifth most watched television program of all time, drawing in a staggering 52.5 million viewers in 2004. Since then, millions more people have found the program owing to streaming sites. Thanks to its fantastic characters, and intriguing relationships. And nonstop humor, it is now one of the most rewatchable comedies you can see.

The Office

Few sitcoms have had the same level of success as “The Office,” based on the same-named U.K. series. The American version of the show, which Greg Daniels created. Follows workers’ lives at the Dunder Mifflin paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is their manager, the obnoxious man with a good heart. There were 200 episodes produced throughout the show’s excellent nine seasons. Which spanned from 2005 to 2013. There were many exciting stories featured on the show. Including the will-they-won’t-they romance between coworkers Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer).

In addition to the iconic cast members Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Ed Helms, and Ellie Kemper. The nine-season series also included some great guest stars. The show included “cringe comedy” that occasionally goes too far and is challenging to watch. Still, it also has an indisputably beating heart that makes “The Office” ideal for repeated viewings.

30 Rock

The progressive sketch-comedy program “The Girlie Show” was written by Liz Lemon (played by show creator Tina Fey). The arrival of corporate executive Jack Donaghy and comic actor Tracy Jordan is forever changed. “30 Rock” is a behind-the-scenes satire set on television. Liz encounters challenging circumstances almost daily as she interacts with the challenging yet endearing executive Donaghy (Alec Baldwin. Who received two Primetime Emmy Awards for his role). The unstable Jordan (Tracy Morgan), and her friend and former T.G.S. star Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski).

The characters in this amusing comedy frequently did things that were quite surprising. They were never hesitant to push the envelope of acceptable behavior. “30 Rock” has a well-deserved reputation as one of the funniest sitcoms you can watch. All the mayhem helped it stand out as a sophisticated comedy about the challenges of working in the entertainment industry. The program has received tons of praise and a whopping 16 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Parks and Recreation

“Parks and Recreation” was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur following the popularity of “The Office.” The program’s plot follows a similar pattern to “The Office”. Switching from a private business to a government agency, in this case, the Pawnee, Indiana, Parks Department. To make Pawnee amazing, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is a tirelessly optimistic employee. Who loves her community more than anything else must overcome insurmountable bureaucratic challenges. The funny cast members are Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Retta, and Rob Lowe. Along with action hero Chris Pratt and indie babe Aubrey Plaza.

The pleasant and endearing program ran from 2009 to 2015 for seven seasons. Despite a shaky beginning in its first season, the show improved as characters were introduced. Leslie met Ben Wyatt (Scott), and their incredible romance started to blossom.

Bob’s Burgers

The lovable Belcher family is followed as they manage the family burger joint. And reside in an apartment above the “Bob’s Burgers eatery.” While their children, oldest daughter Tina (Dan Mintz), middle son Gene (Eugene Mirman), and youngest daughter Louise (Kristen Schaal). Work alongside their parents while still in middle school, father Bob (H. John Benjamin). And wife Linda (John Roberts) run the restaurant.

“Bob’s Burgers” is an animated treat and one of a family’s most happy and accurate television depictions. An astounding 12 seasons of the program have already concluded, and a 13th has been officially announced. Each show episode features at least one “Burger of the Day” special that showcases Bob’s clever wordplay. Which makes the show rife with references and puns. It doesn’t get much better than “Bob’s Burgers” if you want charming comedies. With lots of laughter for the whole family.

Kim’s Convenience

The drama “Kim’s Convenience” was adapted by Ins Choi and Kevin White from Choi’s play of the same name. Provided a great depiction of a Korean-Canadian family and their Toronto convenience shop. From 2016 until 2021. The show ran for five seasons. Viewers were heartbroken when it was announced that the fifth season would be the final. Five seasons is still a significant accomplishment. And the likable sitcom has more than justified its existence.

The patriarch Mr. Kim (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), the matriarch, Mrs. Kim (Jean Yoon), and their offspring Janet (Andrea Bang). And Jung (Jean Yoon) makes up the titular family (Simu Liu, who has become an MCU hero). The obstinate Mr. Kim frequently butts heads with his children. Especially Janet, which invariably results in dysfunction that is both humorous and endearing. The program has received praise for its diversity and ability to take on complex themes. While maintaining a strong sense of fun.

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