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Highest-Rated Sitcoms of All Time

Stacker Logo By Jacob Osborn of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: Amidst a volatile and rapidly changing television landscape, the sitcom not only survives, it thrives. That’s thanks in no small part to a number of shows challenging, satirizing, and occasionally upending the genre’s conventions. Consequently, “situational comedy” has grown to mean so much more than three cameras, one stage setting, a bunch of goofy characters, and a laugh track. Since the ‘90s there have been animated sitcoms, one-camera sitcoms, and a slew of sitcoms that ditched the laugh track and live audience. Meanwhile, peppered throughout are shows like The Big Bang Theory and Mom, which offer strikingly modern takes on the traditional formula and keep the laughs coming strong. What will those crafty, underpaid TV writers think up next?Being that the sitcom is essentially as old as TV itself, there’s no shortage of winners and stinkers alike. Today, Stacker is singling out the winners. Specifically, we’re listing out the Highest Rated Sitcoms of all time. To qualify, the show had to be considered a situational comedy in the broader sense (meaning non-traditional sitcoms and even some comedy-dramas were included), and have at least 5,000 IMDb votes. We were pleasantly surprised with the results, and think you will be, too. That said, we couldn’t help but feel a certain fanboy or fangirl bias when it came to at least a few entries. Which ones, you ask? Read on to find out.

Best Sitcoms of All Time

Amidst a volatile and rapidly changing television landscape, the sitcom not only survives, it thrives. That’s thanks in no small part to a number of shows challenging, satirizing, and occasionally upending the genre’s conventions. Consequently, “situational comedy” has grown to mean so much more than three cameras, one stage setting, a bunch of goofy characters, and a laugh track. Since the ‘90s there have been animated sitcoms, one-camera sitcoms, and a slew of sitcoms that ditched the laugh track and live audience. Meanwhile, peppered throughout are shows like The Big Bang Theory and Mom, which offer strikingly modern takes on the traditional formula and keep the laughs coming strong. What will those crafty, underpaid TV writers think up next?

Being that the sitcom is essentially as old as TV itself, there’s no shortage of winners and stinkers alike. Today, Stacker is singling out the winners. Specifically, we’re listing out the Highest Rated Sitcoms of all time. To qualify, the show had to be considered a situational comedy in the broader sense (meaning non-traditional sitcoms and even some comedy-dramas were included), and have at least 5,000 IMDb votes. We were pleasantly surprised with the results, and think you will be, too. That said, we couldn’t help but feel a certain fanboy or fangirl bias when it came to at least a few entries. Which ones, you ask? Read on to find out.

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