Special Report

50 Best Live Action Sitcoms of All Time

Source: Courtesy of National Broadcasting Company

45. Superstore
> Series run: 2015-2021
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 39,227
> Cast: Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos

This timely sitcom takes viewers behind the scenes at a fictional big box store by the name of Cloud 9. It opened to mixed reviews before finding its stride, with seasons 2 through 6 earning high marks among critics.

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44. The Addams Family
> Series run: 1964-1966
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 15,991
> Cast: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Modern viewers might be surprised to discover that this future film franchise yielded just two seasons during its initial TV run. A satire of suburban life, it tells the story of a macabre but unwittingly hilarious family. Many of the characters are based on a series of New Yorker cartoons by artist Charles Addams.

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43. Barney Miller
> Series run: 1975-1982
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 5,320
> Cast: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg

NYPD Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden) lies at the heart of this workplace comedy, which gradually became a ratings smash. It takes place in the fictional 12th Precinct, where detectives interact with a rotating door of quirky suspects. In a 2005 op-ed for the New York Times, real-life detective Lucas Miller wrote, “Life really is more like “Barney Miller” than “NYPD Blue,” but our jokes aren’t nearly as funny.”

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42. Boy Meets World
> Series run: 1993-2000
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 40,588
> Cast: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

This coming-of-age sitcom follows young Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) as he learns important lessons about love and life alike. It made up part of ABC’s TGIF line-up and ran for seven seasons. A number of original cast members reprised their roles for the recent spin-off, “Girl Meets World.”

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41. I Love Lucy
> Series run: 1951-1957
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 23,278
> Cast: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Irrepressible housewife Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) undergoes a series of misadventures in this syndicated stalwart. Winner of numerous awards, it broke viewership records and challenged the standards of its time. Television wouldn’t be the same without it.

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