Top (and Bottom) Ten Sit Coms

Because I promised in a previous post and I have refrained from listing for a while:

Top Ten Situation Comedies

  1. Arrested Development
  2. Taxi
  3. Soap
  4. The Bob Newhart Show
  5. The Office
  6. M*A*S*H
  7. All in the Family
  8. Get Smart!
  9. Sanford & Son
  10. Seinfeld (had to include it)

Almost included The Simpsons but I think it has gone on a bit too long and just isn’t what it was in its prime. Berke Breathed had it right when he stopped Bloom County (Greatest Comic Strip Ever (another list?)) at the height of its appeal. Also, I was very close to including Newhart but that really belongs on the Greatest Final Episodes Ever List and The Bob Newhart Show is the better (not by much) show. I left off The Young Ones, which I truly love, because I decided to limit this list to American shows.

And now, part two is the Bottom Ten Sit Coms. I am only including shows that were/are network shows and relatively successful (there are a whole spate of terrible ones that didn’t last too long and just make a far too easy target) and I have actually seen (unfortunately).

  1. Mama’s Family
  2. The Nanny
  3. Golden Girls
  4. Home Improvement
  5. According to Jim
  6. Friends (The Three’s Company of our generation)
  7. Three’s Company
  8. Family Matters
  9. Blossom
  10. Roseanne

There it is: my opinions of the situation comedy.

2 Responses to “Top (and Bottom) Ten Sit Coms”

  1. I mostly agree, but I think you’re definitely missing one from the bottom 10: Who’s the Boss?. I mean, they really don’t get much worse than that.

    In other news, you’ll be happy to know that they are rereleasing The Young Ones on DVD in honor of its 25th anniversary. At least on this side of the pond

  2. I’d have to have Laverne & Shirley in my top ten. You can’t get much better (or worse) than Lenny and Squiggy plus guest appearances by the Fonz!

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