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50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 1st 2008 1:08PM
Friends ... I Love Lucy ... Family Guy ... find out where they rank on our list.

Shows about nothing, shows with characters so outrageous they're almost (and sometimes literally) cartoons, shows about families and shows about friends...

They're all in our countdown of the 50 greatest TV comedies of all time.

Click through and see if you agree with our list of what tickles the funny bone.





The 50 Best TV Comedies Ever

    Shows about nothing, shows with characters so outrageous they're almost (and sometimes literally) cartoons, shows about families and shows about friends -- they're all in our countdown of the 50 greatest TV comedies of all time. Click through and see if you agree with our list of what tickles the funny bone. --By Kimberly Potts

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    50. 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
    (1996-2005)

    Everybody loves put-upon Ray, who tries to please wife Debra, nosy 'rents Marie and Frank and jealous bro Robert. The Barones didn't always have happy days, but their dysfunctional family was one of the most realistic.

    49. 'Newhart'
    (1982-1990)

    Author Dick (Bob Newhart) and wife Joanna left city life behind when they bought Vermont's Stratford Inn, but their new bucolic setting was hardly boring, thanks to a lineup of small-town loonies, including daffy caretaker George and hillbilly handyman Larry, his brother Darryl and his other brother Darryl.

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    48. 'Night Court'
    (1984-1992)

    'Night Court' was ruled by Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson), a magician who was as charming as he was goofy. And that made him the perfect foil for hookers and other hard-luck cases who passed through his court, not to mention womanizer D.A. Dan (John Larroquette).

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    47. 'Family Guy'
    (1999-present)

    The naughty and pop culture-obsessed 'Family Guy' is loaded with some of TV's best characters: offensive patriarch Peter, Brian the sauced dog and Peter Lorre-sound-a-like baby Stewie, whose botched matricidal missions are second in hilarity only to his perpetually thwarted plots for world domination.

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    46. 'The Jeffersons'
    (1975-1985)

    Though Archie Bunker never moved on up to a dee-luxe apartment in the sky, George Jefferson was, in every other way, the black Bunker -- from his bigoted philosophies and sweet, sympathetic wife Weezie to his rebellious child and his ownership of the liquor-laden hangout Charlie's Bar, with his frienemy Willis.

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    45. 'Hogan's Heroes'
    (1965-1971)

    You have to respect a sitcom that managed to wring laughs from a Nazi POW camp setting. Even more impressive: It was a one-note joke that kept viewers tuning in. What new ways would Col. Hogan and his clever crew find to trick bumbling Col. Klink and Schultz into giving up classified info to enemies?

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    44. 'Laverne & Shirley'
    (1976-1983)

    Not since Lucy and Ethel wreaked havoc on the chocolate factory had two female buddies sparked so many chuckles. Lenny and Squiggy provided their share of wackiness, but the heart of the show was the bottle-cappin' roomies' friendship and pursuit of love, happiness and milk 'n' Pepsi.

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    43. 'The Golden Girls'
    (1985-1992)

    Sex and the city? Before Carrie and pals were heating up NYC, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia were painting the town red in Miami. Sure, viewers normally don't want to think about their grannies getting their freak on, but the charm of these golden gals was that they didn't act their ages.

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    42. 'Malcolm in the Middle'
    (2000-2006)

    High-IQ Malcolm often made snarky asides to viewers about his wacky family's antics. But the middle-class family was more normal than they or their neighbors though. And Malcolm, despite feeling isolated, was a true Wilkinson at heart.

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Alanna

I'd really like to see the list,but apparently it doesn't exist on this site. Anyone know where to find it?

March 24 2011 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
olisimus

where is the list?

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olisimus

just accomplished checking in to getglue ang got TV Squad Acclaimed Dramas sticker :D

March 23 2011 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bonnie

I need the Everyone Loves Raymond show from 3 18 11. It's the one where Debra is expecting twins=and her & Ray
are buying a house.
BonnieG711@aol.com

March 19 2011 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dante

not big on the black comedies eh?

January 05 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob James

The list was decent, but Seinfeld should be number one. Simpsons was funny for the first eleven or twelve years, but has gone way down in quality and originality. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development should both be in the top ten, and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia should be on the list. Top ten as well.

September 27 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marietta mike

Who ever made up this list should be BLACKBALLED from yahoo and shot and hanged he or she isw clueless

September 19 2010 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wayne Reed

Some of the shows mentioned would not make my list, but that's okay, if they make you laugh, that's all that matters. My choice for best comedy would be those that starred Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris, in the golden era of TV in the fifties. They are still loved and revered more than half a century later. Any show that had Woody Allen, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks as writers, among others, would no doubt give your favorites a real run for the money.

September 19 2010 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sambot

Learn how to spell , you bozo

September 19 2010 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
spunkybackpack

Yeah, where is Fawlty Towers FFS?

I love Lucy was far more hilarious wasn't it? As was The Brady Bunch.

Sex in The City? It makes we wanna kick women in the c...

Agree with the other poster that US TV comedies are rubbish on the whole.

September 17 2010 at 4:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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