Special Report

50 Best Live Action Sitcoms of All Time

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5. Only Fools and Horses
> Series run: 1981-2003
> IMDb user rating: 8.9/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 48,533
> Cast: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

This long-running British sitcom built a loyal following over time and scored high ratings during its later years. It tells the story of two working-class brothers, who resort to various get-rich-quick schemes in their pursuit of great fortune. A spin-off series and three prequel specials would follow.

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4. Curb Your Enthusiasm
> Series run: 2000-Present
> IMDb user rating: 8.7/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 110,863
> Cast: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Comedy genius Larry David steps in front of the camera for this game-changing HBO series, which consists primarily of improvised performances. Putting his particular brand of neurosis on bold display, the “Seinfeld” co-creator upends every possible societal convention. And for that, we love him.

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3. Friends
> Series run: 1994-2004
> IMDb user rating: 8.8/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 903,039
> Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Expertly written and perfectly cast, this mega-popular sitcom depicts the Manhattan-based misadventures of six close friends. It so duly captured the zeitgeist that psychologists would study the impact of its catchphrases and style trends across various cultures.

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2. Seinfeld
> Series run: 1989-1998
> IMDb user rating: 8.8/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 271,114
> Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

By the time it concluded, the show about “nothing” had ultimately touched down on every aspect of modern single life. Actively devoid of sentimentality, it delivered comedy at all costs and rewrote the sitcom playbook in the process.

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1. The Office
> Series run: 2005-2013
> IMDb user rating: 8.9/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 474,228
> Cast: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Adapted from the British sitcom of the same name, NBC’s ever-popular mockumentary chronicles daily life at the Dunder Mifflin Paper company. As unforgettable each character may be, it’s the chemistry between them that makes this ensemble comedy shine.

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