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200 Best Comedy Series of All Time

You’ve had your say in our Fall TV Survey, crowning Seinfeld your favorite comedy of all time. Now it’s our turn.

To choose the top 200 best comedy TV series of all time, we put funny to the test, looking at Tomatometer data culled from critics’ reviews, consulting some reputable “best of” lists, and exercising some editorial discretion, asking ourselves which classic comedy shows still hold up, which have been the most influential in the realm of comedy, and which have created comedy superstars.

Turns out, all of those factors led to some of the very same classic TV comedy shows and beloved sitcoms Rotten Tomatoes readers chose as their favorites.

We’ve also included international English-language comedy shows that made a big impression on U.S. audiences through broadcast, cable, or streaming — look for some top titles from the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

Read on to review our ranking of the best comedy series and sitcoms, and perhaps discover some new shows you may not have seen yet. And before you ask, we made a separate list for the “Best Sketch Comedies of All Time.”

Is your favorite comedy series missing? Tell us in the comments.

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Two and a Half Men (2003)

Synopsis: Chiropractor and single father Alan Harper lives in a beachfront house with divorced Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, who bought the... [More]

Summer Heights High (2007)

Synopsis: Series creator and writer Chris Lilley portrays three characters -- high-strung drama teacher Mr. G., exchange student Ja'mie and break-dancing... [More]

Young Sheldon (2017)

Synopsis: It's 1989 and 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper has skipped four grades to start high school along with his less-intellectual older brother.... [More]

The Venture Bros. (2003)

Synopsis: "Jonny Quest" gets an irreverent but affectionate spoofing in this animated series chronicling the sometimes hair-raising adventures of Hank and... [More]

Synopsis: Lovable schemer Zack Morris leads his pals on adventures at California's Bayside High School. The friends navigate relationships, final exams,... [More]

Happy Endings (2011)

Synopsis: For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex were the core of their group of friends, holding them all together. But... [More]

Vice Principals (2016)

Synopsis: "Eastbound & Down" creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill team again for a dark comedy series -- no surprise there!... [More]

Chewing Gum (2015)

Synopsis: Tracey Gordon, a religious, Beyoncé-obsessed 24-year-old, is fast to find out that the more she learns about the world, the... [More]

American Vandal (2017)

Synopsis: True-crime series are gaining popularity on TV so, of course, there was bound to be a satire of the genre.... [More]

Synopsis: Two black kids from Harlem, Arnold Jackson and older brother Willis, are welcomed into the family of wealthy New York... [More]

Synopsis: "You take the good, you take the bad ... ." Originally set at the prestigious Eastland School for Young Women,... [More]

Synopsis: Series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason uses the fictional Atlanta design firm of Sugarbaker and Associates as a witty bully pulpit for... [More]

Synopsis: The daily life and adventures of four students sharing a house.... [More]

Green Acres (1965)

Synopsis: New York lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas longs for a simpler way of life. So he buys a farm, sight unseen,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Henning

The Game (2006)

Synopsis: While their men try to hone their gridiron talents on the field, the wives and girlfriends of pro football players... [More]

Synopsis: June's (Dreama Walker) plans of moving to Manhattan for her dream job and perfect apartment are ruined when the company... [More]

Girlfriends (2018)

Synopsis: Three friends struggle with the responsibilities and inevitable changes that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.... [More]
Directed By: Kay Mellor

Synopsis: This sitcom defines the "golly gee" wholesomeness of 1950s and `60s TV, where dad Ward Cleaver always gets home in... [More]

Black Books (2003)

Synopsis: Comedians Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey star in the much-loved offbeat sitcom about bad-tempered, eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black and... [More]

Red Dwarf (1988)

Synopsis: In this space spoof, Dave Lister (a chicken-soup-machine repairman) is a survivor of a radiation leak on his mining space... [More]

The Carmichael Show (2015)

Synopsis: Jerrod and his therapist-in-training girlfriend, Maxine, are intelligent, ambitious and ready to take the next step to building a fulfilling... [More]

Synopsis: Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle are former lovers whose lives intersect again 40 years after they lost touch with each... [More]

Synopsis: Dr. Joel Fleischman graduates from Columbia University medical school and is assigned to work in the tiny Alaskan town of... [More]

Looking (2014)

Synopsis: Three best friends living in San Francisco share the nuances and complexities of contemporary gay relationships as they explore a... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh, Sarah Condon

The Nanny (1993)

Synopsis: When she appears on the doorstep of wealthy widower Maxwell Sheffield's New York home, cosmetics saleswoman Fran Fine unexpectedly gets... [More]

Just Shoot Me (1997)

Synopsis: This ensemble comedy is about the inner workings of a high-style magazine owned by Jack Gallo, who has hired his... [More]

Synopsis: A widower and former pro baseball player, Tony Micelli takes a job as a housekeeper for a high-powered divorced businesswoman,... [More]

The Munsters (1964)

Synopsis: The family at 1313 Mockingbird Lane is a little... different. Dad Herman looks like Frankenstein's monster; mom Lily and her... [More]

Synopsis: Rescued from a bottle (and a deserted island) by a U.S. astronaut, a scantily clad genie named Jeannie becomes his... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Sheldon

The Brady Bunch (1969)

Synopsis: Here's the story ... of a man named Brady, an architect widower with three sons: oldest Greg, middle son Peter... [More]
Directed By: Sherwood Schwartz

Synopsis: Policeman Carl Winslow has enough to deal with on the job. But when he gets home, he still has to... [More]

Togetherness (2015)

Synopsis: The spark in parents Brett and Michelle Pierson's marriage is all but extinguished. When his best friend, out-of-work actor Alex,... [More]

Baskets (2016)

Synopsis: Chip Baskets has always dreamed of being a classically trained clown. After flunking out of French clown college -- probably... [More]

Getting On (2013)

Synopsis: Based on the BBC series of the same name, "Getting On" follows the daily lives of overworked nurses and doctors... [More]

The Addams Family (1964)

Synopsis: Morticia and Gomez Addams head a perplexingly macabre family whose members include a giant named Lurch, who acts as doorman,... [More]

The Comeback (2005)

Synopsis: "The Comeback" tells the story of a B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to... [More]

Atypical (2017)

Synopsis: This heartfelt comedy follows Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who has decided he is ready for romance. In... [More]

Synopsis: In 2022, a cataclysm strikes Earth, seemingly wiping out the population save for former family man and bank employee Phil... [More]

Daria (1997)

Synopsis: Brainy, sardonic Daria Morgendorffer tries to fly under the radar at Lawndale High School, and she's doing a pretty good... [More]
Directed By: Karen Disher

Vicious (2013)

Synopsis: Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi head the cast of this studio sitcom, centered around aging partners Freddie and Stuart, who... [More]

Father Ted (1995)

Synopsis: This British comedy series focuses on three priests living on Craggy Island -- a remote isle off the coast of... [More]

The Middle (2009)

Synopsis: In the Heck family, middle-age, middle-class, middle-America mom Frankie Heck (two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton) uses a sense of humor... [More]



Synopsis: Denise Huxtable is in "a different world" -- predominantly black Hillman College -- in this popular "Cosby Show" spinoff. A... [More]

Synopsis: Perhaps the funniest show ever made about fictional hilarity in a Nazi P.O.W. prison, this series focuses on Stalag 13,... [More]

Full House (2004)

Synopsis: Korean drama about a romance between a girl and a pampered movie star.... [More]
Directed By: Min Hyo-jung, Pyo Min-soo

Living Single (1993)

Synopsis: Six black 20-somethings -- four women and two men -- share their lives and loves in a Brooklyn brownstone. A... [More]
Directed By: Yvette Lee Bowser

Synopsis: With the help of true love Topanga, best friend Shawn and teacher Mr. Feeny, Cory Matthews juggles school, friends and... [More]

Monk (2002)

Synopsis: After the unsolved murder of his wife, Adrian Monk develops obsessive-compulsive disorder, which includes his terror of germs and contamination.... [More]

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