Friends, Seinfeld, The Office Voted Readers' Favorite TV Comedies

Find out which TV comedy series Rotten Tomatoes users prefer in the results from our 2018 Fall TV Survey.

by | November 6, 2018 | Comments

Friends (Photo Credit: ©Warner Bros/Everett Collection)
(Photo by ©Warner Bros/Everett Collection)

Instead of a drumroll, you’ll want to cue a very ’90s bassline for the reveal of Rotten Tomatoes readers’ favorite TV comedy of all time: Seinfeld.

Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer reigned supreme in the comedy section of RT’s annual fall TV survey of their TV viewing habits, with 9.01% of users saying that they prefer Seinfeld above all else. Close behind were Friends (cue the strategically timed handclaps), with 7.76% of the RT user vote, and The Office (cue the piano) with 7.22%.

Other shows that got between 4% and 7% of the RT user vote included The Big Bang Theory (6.16%), Parks and Recreation (5.28%), M*A*S*H (5.03%), and The Simpsons (4.40%). Among all total respondents (not just RT users), the Central Perk gang reigned supreme with 8.35%), followed by Seinfeld (7.87%), Big Bang (7.34%), The Office (6.61%), M*A*S*H (6.35%), I Love Lucy (4.59%), and Parks and Rec (4.35%).

(Photo by NBC)

Both gender and age had major impact on what comedies respondents loved. Significantly more women preferred Friends (11.33% of women vs. 5.22% of men), while men preferred Seinfeld (10.50% of men vs. 5.37% of women). Other gender splits of more than 1% included The Big Bang Theory (7.99% of women chose it vs. 6.66% of men), I Love Lucy (6.62% of women vs. 2.45% of men), The Simpsons (5.91% of men vs. 1.93% of women), The Golden Girls (4.45% of women vs. 1.57% of men), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (3.52% of women vs. 1.78% of men), Cheers (3.55% of men vs. 1.83% of women), and Married…with Children (3.30% of men vs 1.67% of women).

As far as age goes, 12.37% of 18- to 34-year-old respondents preferred The Office, then Friends (10.87%), then Parks and Rec (8.89%). The 35- to 54-year-old respondents preferred Friends (9.98%), Seinfeld (9.61%), and The Big Bang Theory (8.97%). Among respondents 55 and older, M*A*S*H was far and away the favorite (12.91%), followed by The Big Bang Theory (9.87%), Seinfeld (9.00%), and I Love Lucy (8.50%).

More comedy coverage:

Tag Cloud

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