By - jvkefanatic
Fawlty Towers. I've heard the phrase "Brevity is the soul of wit" and I think it applies so well to this show.
The Germans episode is still one of the funniest bits of TV I’ve ever seen.
Dont talk about the war!
Have you seen the doco about it's production? It's insane they managed to film as many episodes as they did.
Love the one where the kitchen’s on fire and he keeps shoving the cook back in.
I love Peep Show. And I am a perfectly normal person.
Nobody can prove otherwise.
The very short 6 episode seasons help keep it fresh, late seasons still great unlike a lot of American comedies
Malcolm in the Middle
So well written, and you can see Bryan Cranston’s incredible range and acting chops when you watch Breaking Bad.
Arrested Development (seasons 1-2-3)
I just blue myself
In regards to comedic writing it's pretty much the gold standard.
Agreed….after that it disappears in to mediocrity.
Edit - three seasons on Fox then two on Netflix later on.
What do you mean. It ended after season 3 and they never made anymore. Although I wish tgere was more, I'm glad they stopped at perfection, and didn't try to make more of it so many years later.
Community if you ignore the gas leak year.
Community was streets ahead
Pierce, stop trying to coin the phrase streets ahead
Coined and minted.
Probably my favorite sitcom of all time. Amazing cast full of people who seemed to appreciate the opportunity that they'd been given (with one obvious exception). Any time I see one of them pop up in a project I'm drawn to it and it always seems to pay. Can't wait for the movie.
I'm out of the loop, who's the exception
EDIT: Damn, I had no idea Chevy Chase was just playing himself all along in the show. Thanks for the helpful replies!
If you have to ask, you're streets behind.
Tbf, as much of an asshole as Chevy Chase is, I still think Pierce is one of the funniest characters. Probably because he didn't have to act much...
Yeah, it seems that everyone who knows Chevy Chase universally agrees that he's an unpleasant person to be around.
He seems like exactly the kind of guy who'd shoehorn in an anecdote about banging Eartha Kitt in an airplane bathroom at any opportunity.
You cant blame it all on the gas leak
Community is arguably my favorite show, but Season 6 is the bad season. There! I said it.
The Gas Leak year was only moderately inconsistent, but Season 6 was mostly filler with the last 2 episodes being fantastic.
All that being said, it’s still a 10/10 show for me.
This is hilariously wrong. Frankie and Elroy were great additions to the cast. The wedding episode is great, and the finale is a top 3 episode for the entire series.
6 seasons and a movie!!!!
I watch the whole series once every year or two. It’s always funny.
Seasons 3-9 of simpsons.
Not my favorite necessarily, but just no fat. Knew what it was, knew when to end, just a perfect little show.
This show is genius, and very high production value. Really well thought out, beginning to end. I didn’t even consider it a sitcom until I saw it here - but it does fit that category.
This is another one where I hate to call it a sitcom. It dealt with some truly heavy subjects. The philosophy was nearly good enough to distract from the relentlessly dense silliness.
Situational comedies are allowed to and should be able to cover some truly heavy subjects.
The degree of difficulty to make a show like that work is insane. And it absolutely worked lol
One thing that doesn't get talked about enough is how slick it looked starting from the first episode. Just a little nicer than reality. Kind of like how most people imagine the afterlife.
Scrubs is another relentlessly silly sitcom that dealt with heavy subjects. I've rewatched it 4-5 times now and some episodes will always make me cry. The Ben storyline and the transplant storyline get me every time
“Picture a wave in the ocean. You can see it, measure it, the height, the way the sunlight refracts when it passes through. It's there, you can see it--it's there, it's a wave. And then it crashes into shore and it's gone. But the water is still there. The wave was just a different way for the water to be for a little while."
The IT crowd
Damn-good bloody-good damn-good job!
So underrated in the states
As someone who grew up poor, Roseanne. I’m talking the first few seasons. It just hits different
Roseanne had some great episodes. As a comedy it did some serious stuff well, like when they find out Jackie is getting beaten by her boyfriend. Love Dan's quiet power in that one
The silent looking around before taking his coat off the hook gives me chills.
Go back a little before that. Rosanne has a look that is somewhere between asking for his help and giving him permission. It's incredible.
Same. That episode where their electricity gets turned off hits real close to home.
Same reason I love The Middle, one of the few sitcoms that realistically related to my life growing up
You should check out The Middle if you haven't already.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Maybe the most you can do with a show that never really leaves its situation. 5 horrible people almost always hanging out in a bar but it manages to never repeat itself.
I love the theory that Rickety Cricket is the gang's "Dorian Gray" picture. He physically reflects the consequences of their horrible behavior while they remain the same.
I think, besides a couple of exceptions, every character they interact with winds up in a worse spot than they were in.
"I'M A FIVE STAR SHOW!"
What is your spaghetti policy here?
This is the closest to a 10/10 for me. It does have some bad episodes, but the good ones are simply untouchable
"Mac Finds His Pride" and "Charlie Work" are pieces of art.
Which ones do you think are bad? Personally i’m a fan of them all but Franks Brother and The Gang Saves The Day are weak imo
Only a garbage pail cousin would downvote this
Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy
Never thought of Always Sunny as a sitcom before but damn I guess it is which makes this the right 10/10 answer
IT crowd, Corner Gas, Good Place, Black Books, and the early seasons of scrubs.
Yes, Corner Gas! The 'Hot Crossed Bums' song still randomly replays in my head and makes me laugh. Hubby often mentions 'Bull Wine', too.
Does not get nearly enough respect. For me, it's the perfect answer to Seinfeld. Every character has some redeeming quality. Every episode no matter how silly has at least a small character arc.
For me it's the effortless pivots into emotion that so many comedy shows struggle with. It never becomes cheesy. The emotional beats never land wrong.
And when it's funny it's damn funny.
Right. Choosing a relatively emotional character as the protagonist and giving us his internal monologue turned out to be a huge strength. The writing got more and more nimble with every season. By the time they did the funeral episode...
Except for season 9, it doesn’t exist imo
Yes it does, and it was just fine. Obviously intended as a spinoff but they didn't get that luxury because the networks thought the branding would carry it. Took a few episodes to get into it, but by the end I was really sad there was no more to watch.
What season 9?
Parks & Recreation
If you ignore Season 1, yes.
“Rock Show” and “Canvassing” hold up with the rest of the series.
Which is a third of the season. People really overstate how awful season 1 is.
It's good-natured. Not a lot of mean humor. Even picking at Jerry comes off nice even if it isn't.
Vicar of Dibley
This is my favorite feel good show.
The only other person of culture here!
i see you, kween.
The episode with Dorothy's lesbian friend was top notch. Very much ahead of it's time.
That show has the best pilot I think I've ever seen.
The weeping statue episode sealed it for me.
Protestants don't like ABBA
Mind Your Language. It was a British show about teaching English as a second language in the 70s. I found it to be a nice show, that celebrates our differences. And it was hilariously funny with all the misunderstandings and word play. Good, honest, uninsulting humor.
Dan Levy and Catherine O’Hara absolutely made that show.
It’s also one of the few shows that actually have loving and positive gay relationships.
WKRP In Cincinatti.
The [Turkey Drop](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFtV6-ALoQ) is one of the best sitcom bits ever.
Fawlty Towers and Father Ted. All the FTs.
Blackadder was pretty good, as well.
We saw some Father Ted re-runs during our trip to Ireland. Great craic!
Have to go with Frasier, such feel good comedy.
I'm actually surpised this hasnt been posted yet.
[This is easily one of my favorite Frasier moments.](https://youtu.be/nS41-JeZ3EE)
Someone calls into the show complaining that he and his wife can't decide what to call their $300,000 boat.
Frasier: **"Roger, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the 'tunneling electron microscope.' Now this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom. The infinitesimally minute building block of our universe. . . . . Roger, if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn't be able to locate my interest in your problem."**
I'm surprised I had to scroll so far down to this, OG Frasier is an absolute 10/10, not a single bad episode.
And if you cant rank it best overall you've got to give it best spin off series.
Frasier is my personal favorite. But there are like two seasons where Daphne’s family stays with them. And honestly I can’t give that a 10/10
It is one of the best-written sitcoms of all time.
Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool
Red dwarf, modern family, peep show
You know that’s right
You hear about Pluto?
That’s messed up
3rd Rock from the Sun
Old but gold and, unfortunately, massively underrated. John Lithgow is amazing in his role as Dick. Actually, all of the actors play their roles phenomenally. Happy to see another fan.
I'm re-watching it on netflix now after not really watching it at all since the 90s. There was so much I missed, or didn't fully appreciate being only 16 or whatever when it aired originally.
It blows my mind how clever and unique everything about it is. Nearly every episode has some hilarious off the wall concept that is so ridiculous and yet so...plausible at the same time. Everyone is familiar with "the contest", but really, nearly every episode has some similar theme taken just to the edge of plausibility.
Not sure what others scale for comedy is but for pure comedy Seinfeld is a top 5 show. Almost all of the other shows mentioned in this post are entertaining but for comedy you can only tie Seinfeld, can't be beat.
Married with children
The good place.
Malcolm in the Middle, Raising Hope, Pushing Daises
Seasons 2-5 are the best
Yes, the early seasons are absolutely the best
Until Michael Scott left.
Season 8 is still very good, Dwight and Robert California carry the shit out of it. I can't rewatch season 9
I couldn't see how much of a great character he was in my first couple runs of the show because of how much I missed Michael but man I think he's one of the best characters of the series.
His final line has me in stitches
Beat me to it!
"Night Court" (the original one)
I can't believe no one said Malcolm in the middle.
It’s the top comment lol after checking it is too right now but has no vote count so idk 🤷♀️
Ted Lasso, how has no one said Ted Lasso?
They started with a decent concept but jumped so many sharks it was unrecognizably cringe in its later seasons.
Even my teenagers thought the nonstop sex jokes were unfunny and gross.
At the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, the series' final season swept all seven major comedy awards. It was the first time a comedy or drama series received all seven awards!
Just finished the series last night and it is definitely 10/10. I wish more people would check it out. That show makes the world a better place.
Black Books. 24 carat comedy gold.
Only fools and horses-a British sitcom. I laughed so hard every episode.
My Name is Earl
Underrated due to his masturbation fetish.
I Love Lucy
Curb your Enthusiasm
Recently got into it. Oh boy it's so much fun.
Brooklyn Nine Nine
The Inbetweeners, The Young Ones, Sunny, Seinfeld, Curb and Veep.
The Office through Season 7.
I think the first three seasons are as good as any sitcom has ever been
Community, ignoring season 4 ofc
King of Queens, Everybody loves Raymond, Seinfeld.
I feel a bit weird that I never really got into The Office (UK or US versions) Parks and Rec, Veep, Seinfeld etc that seem to be considered cult classics.
I loved Archer (except for the coma seasons) and can't fault Brooklyn 99 at all.
Fawlty Towers is the archetype of sitcoms. Every single frame is perfect.
Better Off Ted. Such a delightfully quirky and funny show that no one watched.
Are you being served?
Seinfeld stands above all
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
*Sabrina the Teenage Witch* Seasons 2 and 3 is just gold. I rewatch those episodes and find something new to love each time. Season 1 was fine, but the second improved on its flaws, and the fourth is where things went downhill.
That 70’s Show
The office. I don't even need to explain
How I Met Your Mother, 100%.
Peep Show, Still Game, I'm Alan Partridge, Spaced, Early Doors, 15 Storeys High - all top tier sitcoms.
only fools and horses
Sanford and Son
Seinfeld no questions asked
The office - the original UK version