My favorite comedy tv shows.

by drtrodphd | created - 19 Jan 2013 | updated - 25 Nov 2013 | Public
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1. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 11,883

It is hard to describe to young people how cutting-edge and controversial this show was. This show was a game-changer. A watershed show. And damn funny.

2. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 53,506

The Kings of absurdity. My friends and I would get in the mood before watching this and quote lines for weeks and months on end. Being a Python fan was like being in a secret club. "This is a dead parrot!"

3. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 205,089

A show about nothing. And everything. There were anti-heroes in drama before but never in comedy, that I am aware of. With so many memorable lines and convoluted plots, this show is as fresh as ever.

4. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 62,492

An erudite and pompous character in a show that lampooned eruditeness and pomposity. The show is smart and witty and expects the audience to be smart. There is hardly a cheap line or a wasted moment. Plus, it has one of the best ensembles ever.

5. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 36,989

The direct line from Monty Python. The show launched so many careers and had so many brilliant performers and writers. The original ensemble casts a long shadow and deservedly so. They were like the Beatles of comedy for Baby Boomers.

6. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn

Votes: 6,558

Gary Shandling skews talk shows to devastating effect. The dialogue rings true, and the supporting cast is brilliant. Plus, we get to see guests poke fun of themselves and their images. Well played, Gary, well played.

7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 79,362

Like "Seinfeld" on acid. Half the time Larry is a schlemiel, and half the time he's a schmuck. And he is hilarious all of the time. Plus, the supporting cast and guest stars are inspired choices.

8. Barney Miller (1975–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The Captain of the NYPD 12th Precinct and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come into the squad room.

Stars: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg

Votes: 3,817

The quintessential Cop comedy. I would say the quintessential New York show, but that honor goes to "All In the Family." A smartly-written and insightful commentary on the human condition.

9. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 3,949

10. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Votes: 7,237

The office comedy genre begins here. As Carl Reiner said, "I talked about work at home and home at work. So I wrote a show about it." The show was classy, urbane, smart, silly, and cutting-edge all at once. Plus, it had one of the first classic ensemble casts and star power in Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.

11. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 19,560

Some consider this the greatest show ever, and they wouldn't be too far off. Lucy was the female Harpo and Chaplin rolled into one. Because of her immense talent, she was brave enough to try things others would not consider. A role model for many that came after her. A hero and influence for Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Gilda Radner, and countless others. A classic.

12. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 5,484

The Mary Tyler Moore Show helped usher in the woman's movement, and that is no hyperbole. There isn't a weak link in the cast. From Ted Baxter's lovable loser to Lou Grant's gruff but tender teddy bear to Rhoda Morganstern's slightly neurotic but street-wise best friend, this cast is superb. The writing is top-notch and consistent; the show never really flagged. Like most great shows, Mary knew when to call it quits. A classic of the first order.

13. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 3,847

A laconic classic. Bob Newhart gets more laughs per word this side of Lucy, Harpo, and Chaplin. Another great ensemble is led by the maestro. Newhart's genius lies in letting others shine and then reacting to the absurdity. One of the most cerebral shows of all time.

14. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 70,514

Even more subversive than Monty Python, in some ways. Where Python's strokes are broad, John Cleese as the relentlessly put-upon Basil Fawlty finds humor in the mundane, but in a slight off-kilter way. The closest he comes to playing broadly is the "German" episode. Andrew Sachs is the befuddled Manuel. ("He's from Barcelona. It's in Spain," Fawlty hisses.) He nearly steals the show from John Cleese in the "German" episode, no small task that. If you like Python and have not seen this, do it. You will thank me. And you're welcome.

15. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.

Stars: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Votes: 39,747

The place where everybody knows your name. It did feel as if we knew these people. We all know people like Cliff, Norm, Woody, Sam, Carla, Diane, Rebecca, Coach, and the Drs. Crane (Frazier and Lilith). Smart and silly in equal portions, Cheers looked at people's foibles as well as anyone. Cast members died and left, but it never missed a beat. Another classic that went out on top.

16. Newhart (1982–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of an author turned innkeeper in rural Vermont and his friends.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy

Votes: 4,436

"The Bob Newhart Show" on acid. A quirky comedy that doesn't try to replicate its predecessor. With brothers Larry, Daryl, Daryl the bizarre is never far away. Stephanie and Michael are the funniest self-obsessed couple in tv history. Again, Newhart plays straight man to all the kooks, including handyman George, played ably by Tom Poston. An overlooked classic.

17. The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–2010)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A divorced mom tries to keep pace with everyone around her.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, Hamish Linklater, Trevor Gagnon

Votes: 10,480

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is perfect for the role of Christine, the oddball with all the angst, pettiness, insecurity, and self-absorption of a teenager. The show is quirky, and purposely self-conscious at times. The supporting cast is excellent, especially Wanda Sykes as Christne's best(?) friend(?) and maybe lover. Christine's search for love or, in a pinch, sex, is like watching a train wreck, albeit a funny one.

18. Becker (1998–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Dr. John Becker goes through his daily routine of being a doctor, stopping at his favorite diner, and other various situations, all the while hating life and everything around him.

Stars: Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell, Shawnee Smith

Votes: 10,308

Ted Danson was born to play the dyspeptic Dr. Becker. Honest to a fault, he is still likeable enough that you feel for him when things don't go his way, which is most of the time. Not only does he see the glass as half empty, it's also dirty. The essential element of a great support cast helps to keep this a 23 minute bitch fest and add humanity to the curmudgeonly doctor. An overlooked classic.

19. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 26,259

My favorite show when I was a kid, and one that never fails to entertain me after all these years. It's a comic book come to life, and it was in color! many of the day's stars jockeyed to get on the show, even for a small part. The show jumped the shark the third season, with the introduction of Batgirl and the two-day-a-week format being reduced to one day. Holy Toledo, Batman, what a show!

20. The Monkees (1966–1968)

30 min | Comedy, Music

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith

Votes: 3,027

The Pre-Fab Four! The criticism that the band did not play their own instruments on their early albums sounds callow by today's standards. Part Marx Brothers, part Beatles, the Monkees were the perfect tonic for the kids that the Beatles outgrew. Some of us embraced both bands, and we were better and happier for it. The band had two great voices (Davy and Micky) and one great songwriter (Mike). After the show was cancelled, the band couldn't keep the momentum up and split after a couple more albums. They found a new audience in the 80' when MTV began showing the silly and bizarre episodes we Baby Boomers cut our sweet teeth on.

21. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 105,185

22. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 9,800

23. Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The comical everyday life of a successful sports columnist and his dysfunctional family.

Stars: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts

Votes: 54,647

24. It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986–1990)

30 min | Comedy

Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions in his own meta sitcom.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci, Scott Nemes

Votes: 1,131

25. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,190

26. My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A ne'er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization.

Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez

Votes: 88,747

27. The Odd Couple (1970–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.

Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Penny Marshall

Votes: 4,146

28. Green Acres (1965–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

Stars: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester, Pat Buttram

Votes: 4,466

29. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 13,132

30. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia.

Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 158,479

31. The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines and the Simpsons.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone

Votes: 889

32. Tracey Takes On... (1996–1999)

30 min | Comedy

Tracey Ullman takes on a different topic in each episode, giving different characters opinions on such things as vanity, royalty and law.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner, Danny Woodburn

Votes: 422

33. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 9,370

34. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 43,269

35. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the staff of a struggling Top 40 rock radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Stars: Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman

Votes: 6,178

36. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley

Votes: 6,177

37. Dead Like Me (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

After being hit on the head by a toilet seat, a young temp clerk becomes a grim reaper in death.

Stars: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy, Mandy Patinkin

Votes: 36,714

38. The Sarah Silverman Program. (2007–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Sarah Silverman stars as Sarah Silverman, an unemployed single woman who still behaves like a child. Sarah depends in everything on her sister (played by her real sister Laura). Sarah is ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee

Votes: 6,685

39. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents, and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,760

40. The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters (1972–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Improvised sketches by Jonathan Winters with guests augmenting the show.

Stars: Jonathan Winters, Barbara Feldon, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Uggams

Votes: 51

41. Fernwood Tonight (1977– )

30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard are the host of a talk show produced in the fictitious town of Fernwood, Ohio (also the setting of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"). The show featured parodies ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Mull, Fred Willard, Frank De Vol, Tommy Tedesco

Votes: 493

42. Get Smart (1965–1970)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.

Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Votes: 9,114

43. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

Votes: 5,950

44. The Tick (1994–1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An invulnerable, somewhat dim, superhero protects The City from all manner of evil-doers.

Stars: Townsend Coleman, Micky Dolenz, Rob Paulsen, Cam Clarke

Votes: 7,844

45. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Set in fictional Fernwood, Ohio, this deliriously demented serial focused on the beleaguered heroine Mary Hartman, an average American housewife. In the first year, Mary suffered the ... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Mullavey, Louise Lasser, Graham Jarvis, Mary Kay Place

Votes: 877

46. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

Votes: 5,950

47. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas U.S. Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base, tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Allan Melvin

Votes: 1,150

48. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 975

49. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.

Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet, Harry von Zell

Votes: 973

50. That '70s Show (1998–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin.

Stars: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson

Votes: 132,260

51. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

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