Special Report

50 Best Live Action Sitcoms of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Comedy Central

40. Broad City
> Series run: 2014-2019
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 28,916
> Cast: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro

What started as a subversive web series became this critically acclaimed sitcom, which offers an eccentric window into urban life. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson navigate the wild and unpredictable landscape of modern New York City.

Source: Courtesy of ITV - Independent Television

39. Mr. Bean
> Series run: 1990-1995
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 109,147
> Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Playing the title character, Rowan Atkinson mumbles and mutters his way through this impressively durable British sitcom. It generated 15 original episodes along with an animated spin-off and two theatrical films. Mr. Bean has also appeared in various TV commercials, one-off sketches, and the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

Source: Courtesy of BBC Video

38. Father Ted
> Series run: 1995-1998
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 38,182
> Cast: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Confined to a remote island off the coast of Ireland, three priests and a nosy housekeeper engage in all kinds of ridiculous antics. So goes this outlandish sitcom, which ran for three seasons. “The show maintains a wistful sweetness that keeps its surrealistic gags from becoming too much, while the weird jokes keep that sweetness from becoming too cloying,” wrote Brandon Nowalk for AV Club.

Source: Courtesy of Shout! Factory

37. People Just Do Nothing
> Series run: 2014-2018
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 5,687
> Cast: Allan Mustafa, Hugo Chegwin, Asim Chaudhry, Steve Stamp

This British mockumentary tells the story of struggling MCs and their friends, who launch a pirate radio station out of West London. A recent film called “People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan” picked things up three years after the series left off.

Source: Courtesy of PBS

36. Red Dwarf
> Series run: 1988-Present
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 33,756
> Cast: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

After spending three million years in suspended animation, lowly technician Dave Lister (Craig Charles) wakes up aboard the Red Dwarf in this long-running sitcom. It first aired in 1988 and has yielded 12 series (i.e. seasons) to date along with one TV film.

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