Situation comedy is one of the mainstays of American television. Fred Silverman, one of the greatest producers in television history (who worked on all three major television networks and who passed away recently) built his highly successful career on shows like “All In The Family” . His formula was that drama, reality TV and late night was what made the networks work financially. This formula dates back to the black and white programming of the 1950s.
Through syndication, streaming services, and on-demand viewing, not only current sitcoms, but the entire history of those shows are available to us. For those who like their comedy with a bit of pizzazz, shows like “South Park” will surely suffice, as will game changers like “Seinfeld” and “Arrested Development.” Then we have audience-pleasing classics like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “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 Greatest Sitcoms of All Time, a list published in May this year. We’ve added user ratings and total votes on IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon. Cast information also comes from IMDb.
The best sitcom of all time is “The Simpsons”. Here are the details:
- Serial Race: 1989–Present (Fox)
- IMDb User Rating: 8.6/10
- Number of IMDb votes: 381,356
- With: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner
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