The Five (or Six) Best Sitcoms

Oops. Forgot to nominate them. But I'm getting older now.

Oops. Forgot to nominate them. But I’m getting older now.

I’ve got rules here. Don’t like the rules, don’t play. Every show that subsists on cheap sexual innuendo is out of the running. Every show that uses a laugh track to make normal growing up seem hilarious is out of the running. Every show that is based on some outrageous, impossible gimmick is out of the running.

I’ll begin with five nominees. You can add your own and then we will quarrel bitterly about them. Sound fun? At the end we may assemble a ten best list of all time. So don’t lose heart.

The Honeymooners

Barney Miller

Taxi

WKRP in Cincinnati

Get Smart

All of these have scenes and characters everyone remembers, lines that are still funny all these years later. Think about this as you nominate rivals or additions. I know the Lucy fans will attack, but “Waaaaaah” is not exactly a line, is it?

Put your thinking caps on.

  1. ennui007’s avatar

    Okay, there is the obvious omission. But it was explicitly about nothing and I know how you hate that. But what about Cheers (in particular the Shelley Long years)? Norm, Coach, Cliff, Diane, Carla? Has there ever been a more memorable set comedic characters? And drinking. There was also that.

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  2. ennui007’s avatar

    Okay, there is the obvious omission. But it was explicitly about nothing and I know how you hate that. What about Cheers (in particular the Shelley Long years)? Norm, Cliff, Carla, Frazier, Diane, Coach – has there ever been a more memorable (and likable) cast of comedic characters in TV land? And then, of course, there was all the drinking – both the fictional kind on TV, and the very real kind in the shabby dorm rooms where we gathered to watch – every Thursday night. Good times.

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