Situation comedy is one of the pillars of American television. Fred Silverman, one of the greatest producers in television history, recently deceased and working for the three major television networks, has built his successful career in shows like “All In The Family”. His formula was that drama, reality TV, and late night were what made networks work financially. This formula dates back to black and white programming in the 1950s.
Through syndication, streaming services, and on-demand viewing, not only current sitcoms, but the full history of those shows are available to us. For those who like their comedy with a bit of bite, shows like “South Park” will surely suffice, as will game changers like “Seinfeld” and “Arrested Development”. Then we have classics that appeal to audiences like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Will & Grace” and “The Big Bang Theory,” which channel the genre’s most enduring traditions through a contemporary lens.
To determine the best sitcom of all time, 24/7 Tempo referred to Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Sitcoms of All Time, a list released in May of this year. We’ve added user ratings and total votes to IMDb, an Amazon-owned online movie database. Distribution information also comes from IMDb.
The best sitcom of all time is “The Simpsons”. Here are the details:
- Series: 1989 to present (Fox)
- IMDb User Rating: 8.6 / 10
- Number of IMDb votes: 381,356
- Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner
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