Comedians Pick Their Favorite TV Comedies

Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, and more comedy stars reveal their favorite sitcoms of all time.

by | November 6, 2018 | Comments

Photo Credit: Lacey Terrell

Rotten Tomatoes asked some of our favorite comedians and comedic actors — from big-screen all-stars like Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller to younger voices like Jerrod Carmichael and Rachel Bloom — to tell us their favorite TV comedies. Some chose their favorite sitcoms from childhood, some picked what they’re bingeing right now, and some picked the shows that made them want to go into comedy. The series they chose range from those from the 1950s to shows that are airing or streaming right now, but these comedy series all have one thing in common: They’re funny to some of the funniest people on the planet.

Jim Carrey

Amy Poehler

“It’s kind of a tie, but I’m going to say one inches the other out a little bit: Cheers is probably my favorite, just because I’m a Boston girl, and that’s the kind of show I go to when I want to just chill out. All in the Family was probably my favorite show growing up.”

Randall Park

It’s Garry Shandling’s Show probably had the biggest impact on me more than any other show. I was in elementary school when it came out, and I was always a fan of multi-camera sitcoms because that’s what I grew up on. This show took that format and played with it in such profound ways that I just thought, ‘Oh wow, you can do anything on TV.’ Also Garry Shandling, I was just a huge fan of his.”

Tim Allen

Chelsea Peretti

“Currently I am enjoying Catastrophe and Search Party. I love both of those shows a lot. I think Search Party is amazing — how they have so much tension, and you’re actually invested in what is happening next in the story. Also there’s so much comedy, and I don’t feel like they hold any of their comedy back. They let John Early go pedal to the metal, which I love to see. I think there’s a trend right now where in comedy, you’re supposed to tamp down your instincts and you’re supposed to be very reserved, but I grew up watching Martin and I loved it. I grew up watching Jim Carrey on In Living Color. I like big swings, and I’m always hoping comedy is going to shift back to that.”

Danny DeVito

Jerrod Carmichael

“That’s almost impossible to answer because you love different things for different reasons. I’ll go through various infatuations. I’ve been rewatching Golden Girls a lot because I think Bea Arthur is perfect. So if you ask me right now, I’ll be like ‘Oh, that.’ Nathan For You I think is incredible. There are scenes from Insecure that genuinely kill me, that I think are really great. It just depends.”

Ben Stiller

“I think I have to go back to SCTV. That for me has always been — that was the first comedy show that really, to me, broke barriers and was so funny. It made me want to get involved in comedy. The cast and what they created — a lot of people don’t know the show, but that, to me, is my favorite.”

Rachel Bloom

Damon Wayans Jr.

“It’s a toss-up between The Chappelle Show and Friends. They’re shows that I have been tuned into since the beginning, and I saw everybody growing, and I just love them both. Friends, everybody was funny. There’s no real straight character. Chappelle was very revolutionary and his comedy — you never knew where the joke was coming from. And he’s my favorite standup comic, too.”

Brad Garrett

“The comedy that made me want to do television is All in the Family. I was 12 years old when it premiered. I’d never seen anything like it. I loved the comedic dynamic of the family, and I was blown away that the show had a real serious dramatic vibe to it where you couldn’t believe what you were listening to, where you were crying one moment and really laughing the next. I think All in the Family was the first to really combine that.”

Jenifer Lewis

Lil Rel Howery

Family Ties — that episode ‘My Name Is Alex’ made me want to be an actor. I was like, ‘Yeah, this dude’s gonna be a star.’ Because it was so beautifully done. It was like a one-man show. But it was beautiful and it was funny and it had so much heart in it. The Simpsons — the first thing I ever really laughed hard at was when Bart was singing the ‘Jingle bells, Batman smells.’ That’s the first hard laugh. I was like, ‘If this is what comedy is, I’m in!'”

Joe Lo Truglio

“I keep thinking about Three’s Company. I just love the farce of that show, and I think John Ritter was such an incredible talent — that’s a big one for me.”


Miriam Shor

“I loved The Muppet Show growing up. I remember my father and I literally falling off our chairs with laughter. I cried the day Jim Henson died. That was a special show. Also, as both a freak and a geek from Detroit, Michigan, Freaks and Geeks has a special place in my heart.”

James Roday

“If I were to answer as my elementary school self, I’d say ALF and it wouldn’t be close. There were seasons of SNL that were truly inspired and the stuff of legend. However my answer is the short-lived and massively under-appreciated Sports Night. I have watched more episodes of Sports Center than any other show by an embarrassing margin, so the marriage of a format I knew so well with Sorkin at the peak of his powers and a dream cast translates to the comedy series box set I own. …The ensemble fit together like the kind of puzzle that you frame once you finish it. I think. I don’t really do puzzles. Incidentally, Jeremy and Natalie are probably my favorite TV couple of all time.”

Taran Killam

Joel McKinnon Miller

“Probably The Larry Sanders Show on HBO, I loved that one. I just thought Garry Shandling was brilliant on that. I like the writing; I like Rip Torn. I think Judd Apatow started writing on that show, so a lot of that humor that he’s brought into movies was almost gestating on that show. Lots of cool guest stars, kind of how we do [on Brooklyn Nine-Nine].”

Emily Arlook

My favorite TV comedy of all time is Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is my spirit animal.

Alfonso Ribeiro

More comedy coverage:

Tag Cloud

jamie lee curtis singing competition dragons Pirates Lionsgate composers Emmys Mary poppins natural history WGN foreign Hallmark See It Skip It critics Crackle IFC Films Spectrum Originals tv talk harry potter mission: impossible Walt Disney Pictures TCA blaxploitation dc Ellie Kemper Disney TV Land spinoff news TCA Awards best cars DC Universe Apple TV Plus FX on Hulu OWN Drama Warner Bros. based on movie breaking bad Rom-Com TLC 71st Emmy Awards unscripted directors Superheroes YouTube Bravo 2019 cops CBS All Access obituary concert Comedy Central fast and furious SDCC blockbuster Endgame Lucasfilm Crunchyroll Discovery Channel Trophy Talk The Purge Fantasy TBS Pride Month MTV Apple Shudder VOD Star Wars nature Turner Classic Movies anime BBC America BBC One RT21 Film adventure renewed TV shows Pixar Awards Tour science fiction ESPN elevated horror 2015 Red Carpet movie VICE Adult Swim miniseries Baby Yoda LGBT Britbox slashers Netflix Writers Guild of America christmas movies war Spring TV PlayStation historical drama Premiere Dates TIFF cancelled television period drama facebook south america LGBTQ Chernobyl game show comiccon space CMT TV renewals cartoon Western thriller technology political drama FOX Country Tubi criterion free movies Music child's play Netflix Christmas movies Esquire animated Horror Elton John dceu Best and Worst History Marvel Television screen actors guild sports Tumblr Arrowverse El Rey Summer hist a nightmare on elm street Hear Us Out Super Bowl mutant award winner 45 canceled TV shows Starz Amazon Prime Video YA YouTube Red Trailer Marvel DC streaming service Ovation Infographic reboot Family Disney streaming service USA series Freeform video on demand Holidays Musical Vudu richard e. Grant cults romance Quiz rotten movies we love President all-time Stephen King dramedy crime BET Martial Arts rotten HBO Max Dark Horse Comics hispanic stoner Amazon TNT Film Festival NBC Emmy Nominations toy story Cosplay Teen comic Sony Pictures 24 frames GoT travel Set visit spanish language vampires Syfy finale latino RT History parents reviews Year in Review Tarantino Pop TV Lifetime Christmas movies Peacock robots BET Awards Television Critics Association Anna Paquin Comedy Disney Plus revenge Classic Film 2017 Biopics stand-up comedy Mary Poppins Returns screenings 007 Trivia psychological thriller Academy Awards Amazon Prime E! A&E Interview MSNBC Universal Black Mirror American Society of Cinematographers crossover witnail cats movies Marvel Studios Brie Larson 2020 hollywood Avengers Women's History Month zombies scary movies spain comedies Calendar Musicals Countdown spider-man Black History Month Nat Geo DirecTV Pet Sematary Food Network TV halloween social media Showtime green book Mystery HBO MCU biography IFC Tomatazos superhero Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt First Reviews 72 Emmy Awards Song of Ice and Fire ITV Watching Series The Arrangement FXX Schedule justice league anthology Spike true crime Nominations San Diego Comic-Con National Geographic Masterpiece Rocketman Columbia Pictures werewolf 2016 The CW Winners Comics on TV transformers Superheroe quibi children's TV Valentine's Day Acorn TV CW Seed casting satire A24 chucky 21st Century Fox game of thrones BAFTA Apple TV+ DGA New York Comic Con independent Mudbound Sundance TV Toys dogs Video Games Funimation cancelled TV series Reality police drama E3 VH1 Reality Competition HBO Go dark Podcast talk show Polls and Games DC Comics Oscars video Hallmark Christmas movies FX doctor who Sneak Peek asian-american TCM Amazon Studios Star Trek boxoffice CNN Binge Guide Paramount Shondaland classics Nickelodeon franchise book Holiday 4/20 romantic comedy supernatural nbcuniversal twilight laika SundanceTV strong female leads 20th Century Fox die hard medical drama Comic Book television crime thriller adaptation Thanksgiving joker Fall TV Certified Fresh Chilling Adventures of Sabrina worst APB Awards ABC Family kids WarnerMedia Ghostbusters Disney+ Disney Plus Travel Channel indie TruTV cinemax versus comics sequel aliens Lifetime Hulu emmy awards Rock X-Men Cartoon Network Christmas SXSW The Walking Dead Opinion zombie Sci-Fi cooking batman Cannes Extras CBS Creative Arts Emmys theme song ABC documentaries festivals disaster Mindy Kaling psycho AMC teaser TCA 2017 YouTube Premium TCA Winter 2020 Winter TV Grammys Logo Disney Channel Epix documentary mockumentary docudrama ghosts Photos The Witch Election 2018 Television Academy sitcom discovery stop motion Heroines Sundance Now Character Guide Action Rocky PBS Turner Box Office NYCC canceled Kids & Family First Look Captain marvel PaleyFest Mary Tyler Moore Marathons what to watch streaming OneApp GIFs serial killer universal monsters films golden globes sag awards Paramount Network Pop crime drama BBC ratings Animation indiana jones name the review politics USA Network diversity Fox News Sundance cancelled binge zero dark thirty GLAAD cancelled TV shows spy thriller