Special Report

50 Best Live Action Sitcoms of All Time

Source: Courtesy of HBO Max

35. The Thick of It
> Series run: 2005-2012
> IMDb user rating: 8.7/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 21,998
> Cast: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

This acclaimed satire peels back the curtain of British politics to reveal petty conflicts between various power players. Creator Armando Iannucci went on to helm the movie spin-off “In the Loop” before creating the similarly-themed HBO series, “Veep.”

Source: Courtesy of CBS

34. The Diсk Van Dyke Show
> Series run: 1961-1966
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 9,598
> Cast: Diсk Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Comedy legend Carl Reiner drew loosely from personal experience when creating this timeless classic. It depicts the struggles of TV writer Rob Petrie (Van Dyke), who must contend with assorted conflicts at both work and home. Co-star Mary Tyler Moore — who plays Petrie’s wife — later headlined a seminal sitcom of her own.

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33. The Inbetweeners
> Series run: 2008-2010
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 83,516
> Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

This crass but endearing British comedy follows four friends as they come of age during their final years of school. It spawned two follow-up feature films, both of which were a commercial success. A low-rated American version was cancelled after just one season.

Source: Courtesy of Fox Network

32. Married… with Children
> Series run: 1987-1997
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 99,754
> Cast: Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Crude and sophomoric perhaps, but this hit sitcom helped pave the way for the modern era of television. It also turned the Fox network into an edgy household name. Behold the Bundy family, who reap constant hilarity out of their proud and perennial dysfunction.

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31. The Golden Girls
> Series run: 1985-1992
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 34,710
> Cast: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Top-notch performances and brilliant writing turned this unlikely sitcom into a smash hit with multi-generational appeal. Set in Miami, it depicts the hilarious exploits of four elderly roommates. It won 11 Primetime Emmys over the course of seven seasons.

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