Best Comedy Series of All Time

Best Comedy Series
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The Big Bang Theory (2007)
81%

#50
Synopsis: Mensa-fied best friends and roommates Leonard and Sheldon, physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, may be able... [More]

That '70s Show (1998)
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#49
Synopsis: Set in the mood ring and polyester era of the 1970s, the series is a retro-hip situation comedy about an... [More]

Sanford and Son (1972)
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#48
Synopsis: Junk dealer Fred Sanford runs roughshod over his son and partner, Lamont, in a groundbreaking sitcom. Fred's moneymaking schemes routinely... [More]

Newhart (1982)
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#47
Synopsis: Dick Loudon and wife Joanna relocate from New York City to a small town in Vermont, where they run the... [More]

#46
Synopsis: Considered to be one of television's classics, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" centers on the personal and professional lives Rob... [More]

Peep Show (2003)
96%

#45
Synopsis: Two dysfunctional friends who met in college share their lives together trying to adjust to the professional world.... [More]

#44
Synopsis: Not to be confused with Newhart's eponymous 1961 variety show, "The Bob Newhart Show" finds the comic playing Bob Hartley,... [More]

Coupling (2000)
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#43
Synopsis: This long-running Britcom views contemporary relationships from the perspectives of several 20-something characters. Steve and Susan first meet in a... [More]

#42
Synopsis: This comedy series, which follows the exploits of employees at London's Grace Brothers department store, is full of sexual innuendo,... [More]
Directed By: David Croft

Louie (2010)
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#41
Synopsis: Life can be hectic for a newly single father and successful stand-up comedian -- just ask Louie, a fictionalized version... [More]
Directed By: Louis C.K.

All in the Family (1971)
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#40
Synopsis: "All in the Family" is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment. The lead character, Archie... [More]
Directed By: Norman Lear

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#39

The Cosby Show (1984)
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#38
Synopsis: "The Cosby Show" centers on the lives of the Huxtables: obstetrician Cliff and his lawyer wife Claire, their daughters Sondra,... [More]

#37
Synopsis: Andy Taylor is the widower sheriff of the small, sleepy North Carolina town of Mayberry. Andy and son Opie live... [More]

Synopsis: Ralph Kramden is a perpetually flustered but eternally optimistic New York City bus driver living with his wife, Alice, in... [More]

#35
Synopsis: Ted has fallen in love. It all started when his best friend, Marshall, drops the bombshell that he plans to... [More]

Modern Family (2009)
85%

#34
Synopsis: Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents... [More]

Synopsis: Depraved underachieving might look easy, but for the egocentric Mac, Charlie, Dennis, Frank and Dee, it's an art form. "It's... [More]

#32
Synopsis: A show brilliant in its uncensored bad behavior and satirical humor, this series features Edina and Patsy, two hard-drinking, drug-taking,... [More]
Directed By: Jon Plowman

The Mighty Boosh (2004)
100%

#31
Synopsis: Surreal comedy set in a zoo.... [More]

Scrubs (2001)
83%

#30
Synopsis: A new group of medical students arrives to learn the ropes at Sacred Heart Hospital, where J.D., Turk, Kelso, and... [More]
Directed By: Bill Lawrence

Synopsis: A comic makes direct comments to the camera as he deals with the outside world.... [More]

Community (2009)
88%

#28
Synopsis: When fast-talking lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) finds his degree has been revoked, he is forced to go back to... [More]

Yes, Minister (1980)
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#27
Synopsis: Comedy series about an apparently clueless British government minister and advisers surrounding him.... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Allen

Synopsis: Mary Richards is a thirty-something single woman who settles in Minneapolis after breaking up with a boyfriend. She lands a... [More]

Roseanne (1988)
76%

#25
Synopsis: Explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the working-class Conner household,... [More]

#24
Synopsis: It's the late 1950s and Miriam "Midge" Maisel has everything she has ever wanted -- the perfect husband, two kids... [More]

#23
Synopsis: "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David plays a version of himself on the improvised series. He faces a constant barrage of life's... [More]

The Good Place (2016)
97%

#22
Synopsis: When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she's both relieved and surprised that she's made it into the Good... [More]
Directed By: David Miner

#21
Synopsis: Hey now! This series offers a behind-the-scenes look at late-night talk show host Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) and the production... [More]

Silicon Valley (2014)
94%

#20
Synopsis: Partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge's experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s, this comedy series follows the... [More]

#19
Synopsis: Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father,... [More]

Atlanta (2016)
97%

#18
Synopsis: Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene to better their lives and the lives of their families. Earn Marks... [More]

#17
Synopsis: Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where... [More]

Fawlty Towers (1975)
100%

#16
Synopsis: Basil Fawlty is an inept and slightly out-of-his-head English hotel manager, who is tortured by "that annoying section of the... [More]

Frasier (1993)
95%

#15
Synopsis: Dr. Frasier Crane, a successful Boston therapist, moves to Seattle to get a new start on life; he has a... [More]

South Park (1997)
80%

#14
Synopsis: The animated series is not for children. In fact, its goal seems to be to offend as many as possible... [More]

'Allo 'Allo! (1982)
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#13
Synopsis: A French cafe owner tries to ride out World War II. Caught between the Gestapo and the Resistance and forced... [More]

#12
Synopsis: Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her... [More]

30 Rock (2006)
78%

#11
Synopsis: Based more-than-loosely on backstage shenanigans at "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock" centers on young Liz Lemon, currently head writer for... [More]

Veep (2012)
93%

#10
Synopsis: "Politics is about people," former Sen. Selina Meyer is fond of saying. Unfortunately, the people Meyer, a charismatic leader and... [More]

The Office (2002)
97%

#9
Synopsis: Insufferable middle-management type David Brent is the center of this mockumentary-style comedy set at a nondescript paper company in a... [More]

Friends (1994)
79%

#8
Synopsis: Three young men and three young women -- of the BFF kind -- live in the same apartment complex and... [More]

Taxi (1978)
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#7
Synopsis: This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York. The employees of the Sunshine Cab... [More]

The Office (2005)
81%

#6
Synopsis: This U.S. adaptation -- set at a paper company based in Scranton, Pa. -- has a similar documentary style to... [More]

M*A*S*H (1972)
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#5
Synopsis: Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to... [More]

Cheers (1982)
87%

#4
Synopsis: Laid-back Sam Malone, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in... [More]

The Simpsons (1989)
85%

#3
Synopsis: This long-running animated comedy focuses on the eponymous family in the town of Springfield in an unnamed U.S. state. The... [More]

I Love Lucy (1951)
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#2
Synopsis: Lucy Ricardo is the wacky wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Living in New York, Ricky tries to succeed in... [More]

Seinfeld (1989)
89%

#1
Synopsis: Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer... [More]

Best Comedy Series
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