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Poll: What is the all-time greatest sitcom?

The Dick Van Dyke Show 2 (3%)
Get Smart 2 (3%)
All in the Family 4 (7%)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show 4 (7%)
M*A*S*H 7 (12%)
Cheers 2 (3%)
Seinfeld 5 (8%)
The Simpsons 17 (28%)
Friends 0 (0%)
Something Else 17 (28%)
   Discussion: What is the all-time greatest sitcom?
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years ago
Get Smart was my favorite for something like 25 years. I didn't think it would every lose its spot but Seinfeld knocked it off.

Here is how I'd order the choices

  1. Seinfeld
  2. Get Smart
  3. All in the Family
  4. Dick Van Dyck
  5. Mary Tyler Moore
  6. Cheers
  7. The Simpsons
  8. M*A*S*H
  9. Something Else
  10. Friends

I don't really like friends but I thought it might get some votes.

Other great ones
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • Newhart
  • Taxi
  • Soap
  • Married with Children
  • The Honeymooners
  • Burns and Allen

I'm sure I'm missing some I great ones.
Phoenix Back · 16 years ago
I wouldn't even try to order them but I think Soap is still my favourite :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
The first two seasons were great and it only lasted three so it loses credit for not keeping it up that long.
sheryls Back · 16 years ago
Four! there are 4 seasons!
Soap is my all time favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
Of course, the third was when Burt was taken by the aliens, right?

The thing that always got me was that Soap was great andinnovative didn't last and the spinnoff, which was so mundane, did.
Michael (foof) Maki Back · 16 years ago
What was the spin-oof?

(betting I'll feel dumb and say "oh, duh" when I find out)
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago
Benson. :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
See there is a reason I like you.
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago
I wonder if we've discovered the line at which you no longer like me if I let you in on the fact that I hate Seinfeld....:)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
I'm counting to ten. I'm remembering good things about you. I'm gathering my inner resources.

OK, I still like you. Say three Hail Murrays and I'll forgive you.
iPauley · 16 years ago
No one has mentioned "The Cosby Show" yet? I don't know if it wa the all-time greatest, but it was really really good.

-- Pauley
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago

Of course it belongs. I knew I'd forget great ones. I place it above Cheers.
K-Lyn · 16 years ago
Alex P Keaton rocks!
Paul the KOA · 16 years ago
Lots of love for the Bluthe family.
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years ago
You beat me to it.
Rimbo Back · 16 years ago
I third this motion. Kind of a recent choice, but it's definitely in my top 5.
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years ago
I think it's in my top 1. :)
derek harrison Back · 16 years ago
since halfway through season one ive told everyone i know that this is the best written, best acted, and overall best made sitcom of all time. i dont believe it's an exaggeration, but most people do.
Andrea Krause · 16 years ago
I said something else but what I was really looking for was "I could never decide". There are so many I think are great for different reasons that I just can't pin it down.
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 16 years ago
What about "I Love Lucy"? Though I picked All in the Family cause it really did push the envelope for so many taboo issues in the 70s. And Meathead was in it!
Geoff · 16 years ago
News f'n Radio!
Cali Back · 16 years ago
news radio was good. i wonder why it stopped airing... lol.
goovie is married! Back · 16 years ago
as much as i adore the first four seasons of this show, it went so far downhill after phil hartman's death that there's no way i could call it "the all-time greatest sitcom."

i feel similarly about seinfeld and the simpsons--seinfeld's last season was really weak, and lord knows the simpsons jumped the shark years ago. i think friends is highly underrated by people who would really dig it if they gave it a chance--when i was in high school and college, i hated it because it was just so popular, but once i sat down and actually watched it, i discovered how great the writing often was.

so it was a tough choice for me between dick van dyke and mary tyler moore--and as much as you could argue that dvd led directly to mtm and is therefore the "greater" sitcom, it also had the most annoying sitcom child ever. so mtm wins. go georgia engel.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
I knew it would come down to those two for you.

You don't like Richie Rosebud Petrie?

What happened to him? Was he killed by a transvestite prostitute while he was holding up an liquor store?
goovie is married! Back · 16 years ago
you know very well how i feel about richie rosebud petrie. you're just using this forum as an excuse to show off the fact that you know his full name. :)

i had to look larry mathews up to see what actually happened to him. the answer is not bloody much.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
Yes I am showing off. That's news?

the most annoying child actor of all time is Pamela Paulson of Robot Monster fame. They killed her character off to get her off the set.
Geoff Back · 16 years ago
I agree wholeheartedly on Friends.
"Either that, or Gloria Estefan was right, and one day, the rhythm really is going to get you!"

NewsRadio didn't go that far down after they lost Phil. I thought Jon Lovitz was about the best replacement they could ever hope to get, and it still made me laugh harder than about 95% of TV shows.
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago

Yeah I've always loved Friends, even though I've felt so mundane for it. :) But it's highly funny. I did get frustrated sometimes, like how Ross became such a caricature when he wasn't bad at first, but I think it was very very good.

Don't know if I'd say best...but in terms of personal enjoyment it's right up there.

I can see the bunny Back · 16 years ago
MTM is most definitely the greatest sitcom. And yes, I have the boxsets. *love love love* :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
Can you think Chuckles the Clown dying and not smile?

"Born in a trunk, died in a trunk."
Andrea Krause · 16 years ago
Bosom Buddies always has a soft spot in my heart. I loved it as a kid.
dave "buh" · 16 years ago
Night Court!
Geoff Back · 16 years ago
Better yet, the John Larroquette Show. That show was so damn funny.
Rimbo · 16 years ago
Will I be persucuted if I say "Perfect Strangers?" I mean, come on. Foreign guy? Zany circumstances? Don't be ridikkalous.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years ago
That depends, do you consider being tarred and feathered persecution?
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago

I always liked Balki OK but I hated Cousin Larry with a fiery passion. Dude never learned.

Rimbo Back · 16 years ago
Maybe I just identified with him . . .
Geoff Back · 16 years ago
In reference to this post, and the post above, did you ever see the movie Second Sight? John Larroquette as a straitlaced private eye, and Bronson Pinchot as the zany psychic who has to help him solve a case. Quite hilarious.
Rimbo Back · 16 years ago
Yeah, I saw it.

. . . . and loved it. That movie wrote itself!!
Geoff Back · 16 years ago
For years after seeing that movie, my ex and I would make Balki's psychic sonar noise at each other.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years ago
How could I forget the Odd Couple? Felix, Oscar, Randall, Klugman.

As funny as it gets.

The early 70s were the golden age of sitcoms. There were so many great ones. CBS gave you a reason to stay home on Saturday nights.
8:00 All in the Family
8:30 The spot that someone couldn't get a hit show
9:00 Mary Tyler Moore
9:30 The Bob Newhart Show

I'm pretty sure that M*A*S*H was on at least one season on Saturday night.

J. Andrew World · 16 years ago
Night Court
That 70's Show
News Radio
The Lone Gunmen (Funniest show ever on television)
Rimbo Back · 16 years ago
That 70's Show?

That 70's Show. Seriously? In that case, I'd like to nominate Just the Ten of Us. Or maybe that show with Tom Arnold.
Geoff Back · 16 years ago
Hey, it's a damn funny show. Not in my top 5 (or 10, I think), but perfectly acceptable comedy.

"We just came for beer. And, I love Rush. Fly By Night, OW!"
J. Andrew World Back · 15 years, 11 months ago

Plus, I liked it before the show jumped the shark.
Rimbo · 16 years ago
Something just occured to me.

I'm a self-professing Christian (read: Follower of Jesus Christ and His teachings) and yet, when the last quiz was up here about heaven, I didn't bother posting my opinions. And here I am, spouting off passionately (no pun) about TV shows.

Oh, Justin.
Will work for anime · 16 years ago
not the crap that's on now...the original TGIF line-up of the late 80's /early 90's was like totally cool man!

Perfect Strangers
Mr. Belvadere
Golden Girls
Empty Nest

I used to stay almost every weekend at my grandmother's and this was a friday night tradition...along with a homemade ice cream sunday...mmmmmm

other late greats were:
Cosby Show
alot of early Nick at Nite (Donna Read, My Two Sons, Mr. Ed)
and the Best of the Best - The Monkees ^_^

aside from the occasional Two and 1/2 Men (when i remember its on) i really don't like the sitcoms of today.
Brian Dinsky · 16 years ago


Smatts' Baby's Pics! · 16 years ago
The Andy Griffith Show?
renita · 16 years ago
Charles in Charge!
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years ago
Now I have the theme song earwormed.
siobhan's a londoner · 16 years ago
Fawlty Towers!
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 16 years ago
Sports Night! Lots of pretty and full of witty dialogue. What an amazing sitcom. It's one of the few TV shows that I can watch over and over again.

Scrubs and Arrested Development are also in my top 5.

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