30 Best sitcoms of all time you must watch

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Sitcoms are family-friendly shows that make one laugh, cry, and feel warm, with their situational comedy centered around a fixed number of regular characters. Running on TV for years and decades, they have kept generations entertained with their quirky characters and relatable storylines.

Visiting old and new sitcoms, some have only gotten better with time and have left their beautiful messages behind for the new generation to discover. From a TV show about a group of six friends in New York City who are going through problems related to love, work, and relationships to a TV show about a modern family where there is a couple with an age gap and a gay couple, sitcoms often give us a dose of reality with a comic undertone.

So get comfortable on your couch and check out this list of 30 best sitcoms of all time to find your next show to binge-watch.


Stream on: HBO Max, Netflix

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc


Rachel, a flighty, spoiled woman, runs from her marriage and accidentally meets her high school best friend Monica, who lets her live with her in her apartment. Ross, Monica’s brother, has always had a crush on Rachel and thinks this might be his chance. Chandler, Ross’s best friend, lives opposite Monica’s apartment with his roommate Joey.

The Office

Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

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Shot in the format of a documentary, the show follows the employees of a paper company, Dunder Mifflin. Michael Scott, the Branch Manager, is a jokester who often ends up making people offended. His assistant, Dwight Schrute, is a straight-laced man who has his own rules. Jim Halpert is a prankster whose only target is irritating Dwight.


Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian, topics always revolve around the mundane but irritating problems of life. The show is an amalgamation of his stand-up acts and personal life, where he is accompanied by his conniving best friends, George, his ex-girlfriend and voice of reason, Elaine, and his laid-back neighbor, Kramer.

Schitt’s Creek

Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy

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The life of the wealthy Rose family turns upside down when their entire wealth is cheated out by their General Manager. Now, the only remaining property to their name is a small town called Schitt’s Creek. Initially, they move to town to sell it for some money and slowly rebuild their business. But their plan is always hindered by the town mayor and its other quirky residents.

The Good Place

Stream on: Apple TV, Netflix

Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Manny Jacinto

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The Good Place sitcom is about the afterlife and how it’s divided into two realms: the good place and the bad place. The residents of Good Place get to have their every wish granted, while the residents of Bad Place are tortured and punished. Eleanor, a morally corrupt woman, is by mistake sent to the Good Place, and understanding that her presence is a mistake, she pursues desperate measures to hide her real identity.

I Love Lucy

Stream on: Hulu

Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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One of the most-watched sitcoms with 5 Emmy awards under its belt, I Love Lucy follows an ambitious woman who wants to make it in the glitzy entertainment industry. Often roped in her quirky plans are her husband and their landlords, Fred and Ethel. The show ran for 6 Seasons between 1951 to 1957.

The Simpsons

Stream on: Disney +

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright

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In the city of Springfield, the Simpson family consists of a working father, a housewife mother, and three children who have their own individual quirks. Through The Simpsons, the show caricatures the typical American life culture while also incorporating pop-culture references as satires.

The Honeymooners

Stream on: Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

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The Honeymooners only ran for one season between 1955 to 1956, but the absurd comedy by Jackie Gleason left a mark in time with his personal touch of timing. The show follows a bus driver, Ralph, his wife, Alice, and his best friend, Ed, and his wife, Trixie. The two couples get involved in many absurd plans that don’t come to fruition in their endeavor to become rich and successful.

BoJack Horseman

Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris

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Although BoJack Horseman imparts deep wisdom on mental health and relationships, it’s not suitable for kids because of its references to alcohol and drugs. A sitcom that is suitable to watch for Young Adults and Adults, BoJack Horseman is about BoJack, an actor who used to be very popular 18 years ago while doing a show, but after its cancellation, he became an alcoholic. After years, he decides to pursue his career of acting again but meets many hindrances.


Stream on: Hulu

Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

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The sitcom Black-ish follows the Johnson family of five and the people around them. Dre is the dad who is a wealthy advertising executive and has brought up his family in upper-class suburban circles, but he also wants to keep in touch with his Black culture. His wife, Rainbow, doesn’t often approve of his mini plans, while his three children have their own different lives and personalities.

Sex and the City

Stream on: HBO Max

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Four best friends, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte, couldn’t be more different than each other, but their friendship is full of gossip and yearning for a long-term relationship. In the city of New York, the ever-changing fashion and partners with challenging work have tired out a group of girlfriends who find solace by discussing, sharing their problems, and supporting each other through it.

Modern Family

Stream on: Disney +

Starring: Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neil

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The sitcom Modern Family follows three families: Jay Pritchett with his much younger and hot wife, Gloria and her precocious son, Manny; Phil and Claire Dunphy, a married couple with three kids; and lastly, Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker, a gay couple who have adopted a Vietnamese child. Claire and Mitchell are Jay’s children from a previous marriage, and together, their families go through hilarious situations that are also heartwarming.

The Odd Couple

Stream on: Hulu

Starring: Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Lindsay Sloane

Created by Matthew Perry, the show follows two best friends who decide to live together after they are ditched by their wives. Felix and Oscar, friends since college, marry women who are very different from them, and after over 20 years of uncomfortable marriage, the couple breaks up. Felix moves in with Oscar, and they decide to move on by finding new relationships to overcome their heartbreak.

The Golden Girls

Stream on: Hulu

Starring: Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty

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With three Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards, one of every actor in the main cast, The Golden Girls is one of the best sitcoms of all time. The show follows four elderly women who are in their golden years and have been previously married. Now, together, they move into a house in Miami to enjoy their last years together. Full of sass, drama, and comedy, The Golden Girls is a hilarious sitcom.

New Girl

Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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Jess, a heartbroken girl who has just ended her relationship with her cheating boyfriend, answers an ad for a new roommate and moves in with three boys to live in a loft. Initially, the boys are afraid of the overly emotional Jess, but as they help her get over her heartbreak, they gradually become close friends.

Everybody Loves Raymond

Stream on: Peacock

Starring: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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Ray, a man who uses dry wit to handle any situation and hates to become a target for his mother’s disappointment, lives with his wife and two kids. Their family is often disturbed by Ray’s overbearing parents, where his mother is critical of his wife, Debra, and his father lacks little to no sentiment. He also has an older brother who is jealous of his well-to-do career, which has made him their mother’s favorite child.

Big Bang Theory

Stream on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki

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Four friends who work in the field of physics and are nerds obsessed with comic books but are terribly awkward when it comes to dating, and girls find their lives turn for the better when Penny, a beautiful and carefree waitress, moves in next door. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series for Big Bang Theory.


Stream on: Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Andrew Scott, Sian Clifford


Fleabag follows a woman who is clumsy in her interpersonal relationships but still puts up a face of bravado, often using her dry wit to undermine serious situations to cope with grief and growing confusion inside her. The show won Phoebe Waller-Bridge the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and the show won the Golden Globe award for Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical.

Parks and Recreation

Stream on: Peacock

Starring: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza

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A satirical mockumentary on bureaucracy and red, Parks and Recreation follows Leslie Knope, a bureaucrat who listens to the plea of Ann, a nurse whose boyfriend got hurt after falling into a pit beside their house, asking it to be filled so there is no future injury but meets resistance by uninterested neighbors and her rigid, rule-following director.

All in the Family

Stream on: Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Jean Stapleton, Carrell O’Connor, Sally Struthers

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All in the Family is a British television adaptation of a show called ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ and follows a working-class family of the Bunkers. Through a racist dad who believes every stereotype, the show was a breakthrough for talking about issues relating to racism, women’s rights, and gay relationships. This sitcom has won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Freaks and Geeks

Stream on: PlutoTV

Starring: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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A pair of siblings enroll in a new High School in the 80s and try to find their place to fit in. Lindsay, the older sibling, finds herself in a group who goes by the name of ‘freaks’ to her parents’ disappointment, while Sam, the younger one, befriends a couple of boys who have gotten the tag of ‘geeks’ because of their awkward and nerdy nature. Although the show was canceled after only one season, it gained a cult classic tag by the later generations.


Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover


Jeff Winger is kicked out from his law firm when he’s outed about his lie about having graduated from an esteemed college. He decides to go to a community college and, this time, earn a legitimate degree. There, he is immediately smitten with Britta Perry, a social activist, and a fellow student. He decides to create a study group in order to spend more time with her, but Britta ends up bringing more people. With time, they all become close friends and go through various misadventures.


Stream on: Peacock

Starring: Kirstie Alley, Ted Danson, Shelley Long

Cheers is considered to be one of the best sitcoms of all time after winning 28 Primetime Emmy Awards throughout its run. The sitcom follows the owner of Cheers, Sam, who is also a bartender there, and his interactions with his staff and various customers who come to his bar to share their stories about ups and downs.

Arrested Development

Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Jason Bateman, Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera

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With one Golden Globe award and six Primetime Emmy awards, Arrested Development is a sitcom that has made its wide audience laugh out loud. The premise follows a wealthy family, the Bluths, and their unchanged ways of living even after losing all their wealth. In between is Michael, the only sane member who tolerates his materialistic and selfish family members while trying to keep them together.

Bob’s Burgers

Stream on: HBO Max

Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz

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Bob Belcher runs a family restaurant selling burgers with different varieties, but he often finds himself unsuccessful as he is hindered by his pizzeria restaurant rival, Jimmy Pesto, his own three troublesome children, and his nosey in-laws. The series is a two-time Emmy winner for being Outstanding Animated Program.

Malcolm in the Middle

Stream on: Hulu

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Erik Per Sullivan

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A black comedy, Malcolm in the Middle, follows Malcolm, who is dealing with problems that come with being a middle child in a dysfunctional family. Malcolm is a child prodigy who is troubled to deal with his eccentric family and often expresses his exasperation by breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the audience directly.

South Park

Stream on: HBO Max

Starring: Mary Kay Bergman, Issac Hayes, Eliza Schneider

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A tongue-in-cheek comedy sitcom, South Park follows four boys who are best friends and live in South Park, a place near Denver. The town’s daily life is disturbed by some supernatural or extraordinary events that boggle the simplistic and gullible adult populace of the town while the boys become the voice of reason.


Stream on: Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert

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Roseanne follows a middle-aged, blue-collar couple and their three children who live in Kane County, Illinois. The show was appreciated for its portrayals of the struggles and living environment of a working-class couple who mainly work outside and how they deal with problems related to work, life, and their children.

Gilmore Girls

Stream on: Netflix

Starring: Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Milo Ventimiglia

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Gilmore Girls deserves to be one of the best sitcoms of all time for its heartfelt portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship. The show follows Rory and her mother, Lorelai, who is raising her in a single-parent family. Lorelai is supportive of precocious Rory and lets her make her own decisions with regard to relationships.

Rick and Morty

Stream on: Hulu and HBO Max

Starring: Justin Roiland, Spencer Grammar, Dan Harmon

Rick and Morty

Morty, a dim-witted teenager, is a reluctant companion of his alcoholic and eccentric grandfather, who takes him on various intergalactic adventures. Summer, Morty’s vain elder sister, often follows them on their misadventures. An adult animated sitcom, Rick and Morty, has themes of black comedy, science fiction, and satire.