Updated On: November 06, 2023 by   Miranne Khaled   Miranne Khaled  

“hearts of many viewers. The thing with this kind of show is that we get emotionally attached to the characters and fall in love with their unmatched sense of humour. 

If you are up to spending a few hours every day in front of a comedy sitcom, we suggest you start any of the ones we gathered on this exciting list. You will laugh your worries away, have something to look forward to every day and learn to see the hilarious side in every arising conflict. So, let the laughter begin!

1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (1994-2004)

Isn’t this one of the most popular comedy sitcoms ever? There is no way you won’t find Friends on a list of unmissable shows. Friends aired for 10 years in a row, featuring some of the most loveable characters with different personalities yet fit together in the most beautiful way.

Every season, we see the characters evolving, and we can relate more and more to them. That is why this show has become close to people’s hearts, not only for its light vibes or humorous nature but that it depicts real-life problems that we can relate to.

2. Modern Family (2009-2020)

Modern Family is among the exciting comedy sitcoms that take on families’ everyday lives. It is a warm illustration of how members of the same family can be vastly different, yet they are incomplete without one another. 

This light show follows the lives of three different families who are related. It is shot in what is known as a mockumentary style, which gives the sitcom an even more hilarious edge. Besides its comic sense, we get to experience genuine sentiments and real-life situations that add to the perfection of the show.

3. How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

This popular sitcom aired one year after Friends ended. Some people actually made a lot of comparisons between the two comedy sitcoms, believing they both shared a lot of similarities in terms of events and characters. We don’t care whether this is true or not, for we do think it is one of the best T.V. shows that you should give a try. 

The show revolves around the architect Ted Mosby, who gathers his children to narrate to them the story of how he and their mother met, hence the title. They went through an exciting journey that was crowned by their endless love for one another. The best part of their journey was having their best friends, Lily, Marshall, Barney, and Robin, along.

4. Two and A Half Men (2003-2015)

For 12 years, this hilarious sitcom has filled our lives with laughter and happiness. There is no way you would get into the middle of an episode and be able to tune out unless it is over. We were sad to see Charlie Sheen leave after his life took a wrong turn, and the C.B.S. producers had to boot him off the show. 

Thankfully, the show was kept alive after Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen in the role of Charlie Harper, the carefree writer. You won’t help to have a burst of good laughter in the comic scenes that involve Charlie and his brother, Alan, and nephew, Jack. Charlie literally had his life turned upside down when they joined him at his beach house in Malibu.

5. The Simpsons (1989-Present)

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The Simpsons are deemed the oldest and most popular animated sitcom that still stands on solid ground to this day. Jean, the showrunner, says that the show will continue until it hits its 1000th episode. This news is beyond incredible for the show’s lovers since it gives us a couple more years to enjoy this hilarious yellow family.

Homer Simpson leads a dysfunctional family. Besides struggling with keeping his finances in check, all family members engage in comical situations that will draw a smile to your face. This show is not one of the regular sitcoms, and it is not a kids’ show by all means. It also gained more popularity in the past years when people were left believing that this show was capable of predicting the future.

6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-2021)

Andy Samberg is capable of cracking your jaw open in laughter with the least effort. Imagine having Terry Crews along as well. This is not an average show with a bunch of detectives; it has a comic spin that keeps you hooked. Besides, Stephanie Beatriz exceeded everyone’s expectations, playing the role of Detective Rosa. You will forget how she used to sound for a while after B-99.

The sitcom is quite exciting, featuring a team of detectives managed by an eccentric commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt. Crimes happen in New York City almost every day, but this quirky team is capable of putting a halt to it despite their seemingly not-so-serious characters. 

7. Gravity Falls (2012-2016)

Sitcoms are not always animated, but we do really appreciate that a couple of them were made that way. At first, you may assume it is one of those Cartoon Network animations, but Gravity Falls caters more to adults, for they will appreciate its cleverly written scripts and its unique type of humour. Gravity Falls is a popular animated sitcom that, unlike the Simpsons, is suitable for children but of older age groups.

The show is only two seasons long, each of them produced at least two years apart. Gravity Falls is the name of the mysterious town where twins Mabel and Dipper travel to spend their summer vacation. However, some peculiar happenings start brewing, leaving the twin in complete awe and shock altogether.

8. The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019)

If you think it through, you will come to the realisation that this is almost the only sitcom with the name of a scientific theory. It may not be that clear why the show was given that name, but you will feel comfortable enough to surrender to this fact after seeing how Sheldon’s brain works. As a matter of fact, all four guys in the show were scientists, so that may work as a valid reason too.

The sitcom takes place in California, in the town of Pasadena, to be precise. It follows the lives of four guys, Sheldon, Raj, Leonard, and Howard. They were not really that good at communicating and socialising with people outside their circle. However, their characters began to evolve after free-spirited Penny became part of their lives. That is when all the real deal starts.

9. Young Sheldon (2017-2022)

Remember Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory? Interestingly, this sceptical character gets a spin-off. No doubt, it is a funny sitcom, for the main character was humorous, and that hasn’t changed throughout this five-season prequel. An interesting claim made about this character is that the creators took inspiration from Jim Parsons’ nephew, who was a genius young man.

Obviously, this spin-off narrates events that precede those of The Big Bang Theory. We get to see the brilliant Sheldon Cooper as a genius child who has been promoted four grades and had trouble fitting in with his family members who weren’t as intellectual as he was. 

10. Dead to Me (2019-2022)

When you first take a look at this show, you may not realise that it is a sitcom. In fact, all shows with humorous nature are called sitcoms, yet the new versions don’t have the same atmosphere as older sitcoms. They lack the stage feel, don’t have canned laughter in the background, and seem like regular shows. 

Dead to Me is one of those modern sitcoms. They look like regular T.V. shows but have a comic twist that makes them fall into the comedy category. It narrates the story of a widow who crosses paths with a free spirit who suffered a melancholic loss herself. Their personalities are on two opposite poles, yet they bond together, putting on a funny show seasoned with darkness. 

11. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

For six years, we got to take a close look into the life-changing events of Will Smith’s real life in this one-of-the-kind sitcom, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It ran on N.B.C., featuring Smith’s real persona, where he actually got nominated for the Golden Globe Award for his role twice! He may not have won any of them, but it showed the audience’s love for this peculiar show.

In the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith plays a character with his real name. It follows his life as a teen who moved to Bel-Air, one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in L.A., to live with his relatives after living in West Philadelphia. He got to see the difference between living an affluent life and an ordinary one upon his mother’s wish to raise him differently. 

12. Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Here’s another funny sitcom where the protagonist plays himself, Seinfeld. This comedy series was played by all-time favourite stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld. It aired for nine seasons on N.B.C., featuring a lot of iconic moments that are still remembered today. Seinfeld can be deemed the Friends version of a slightly older generation.

The sitcom featured parts of real-life stand-up comedy shows represented by Jerry Seinfeld. The rest of the scenes were basically illustrations of the different trivial questions imposed by Seinfeld and his best friends, Elaine, Kramer, and George. This sitcom is a good laugh blended with some eccentric answers to some of life’s most asked questions.

13. Big Mouth (2017-Present)

Big Mouth is a brand-new animated sitcom that is anything far from being appropriate for young children. Many people confuse animated shows with automatically being made for children, but that is not the truth with most animated sitcoms. They are primarily based on dark humour, inappropriate jokes, and adult topics that are meant to flatter the minds of grownups. 

Big Mouth ticks off all these boxes, so it is a purely adult show. It features a cartoon character, Nick, who narrates the struggles and conflicts he goes through during his puberty phase. Other main characters are Jessi, who develops a budding romance with Nick, and Andrew, who is facing his own problems with adult life. 

14. The Office (2005-2013)

The Office is a mockumentary sitcom that got different remakes in different countries, with the U.K. version being the original. However, we are currently referring to the U.S. version featuring our beloved Steve Carl. The U.S. adaptation became popular real quick, given its cringe-worthy scenes that are full of dry humour and poker faces. 

This sitcom basically features a group of co-workers who come from different backgrounds and have distinctive characters. However, they somehow manage to get along, yet their differences are a firm ground for quirky events and some hilarious misadventures.

15. Rick and Morty (2013-Present)

This animated sitcom is a lot of things, but a kids’ show. Rick and Morty have been airing for six seasons now and are still ongoing. It may seem a little scrappy at first, but once you get hooked, there is no turning back. This series shows the struggles and conflicts of two distinctive characters from different generations, presenting some philosophical and existential topics in some episodes.

The show illustrates the adventures of Rick, an alcoholic scientist, and his not-so-smart grandson, Morty. He lives with his daughter Beth, who also happens to be Morty’s mother, taking his grandson on intergalactic adventures and exposing him to the world’s absurdity. It is also important to note that Rick has always been viewed as a sociopath who builds his own gadgets and causes chaos wherever he sets foot.

16. Frasier (1993-2004)

Frasier is one of the oldest sitcoms that give you a good laugh and a great storyline to keep you hooked. It aired for eleven years, bringing joy and happiness into the houses of its viewers and becoming a trending sitcom for years after. Moreover, there wasn’t a laugh track added to this show post-production. In fact, it was among the few shows that were actually filmed before a live audience.

Frasier shows the uncanny abilities of all the involved cast, which successfully engages with a live audience. Besides, the story is quite captivating, following the life of Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who moves to Seattle to start over and lead a fresh beginning to his life. He also successfully earns a spot as a radio psychiatrist. You won’t help but crack up while watching the cultural snob that is Frasier.

17. Family Guy (1999-Present)

Family Guy, like any animated sitcom, may seem at first like a kids’ show, but it isn’t. It started airing in 1999, and it is still ongoing, given that the viewers are in love with the witty characters and humorous events. This show may contain some inappropriate jokes that make it unsuitable for children younger than 18, so we have already warned you to keep your children away from it.

The sitcom has always been about hilarious events that involve Peter Griffin and his not-so-ordinary family. This dysfunctional family tries their best to cope with life, but the chances of this happening are pretty slim. Imagine having a family where your dog is more intelligent than most members and a devilish baby who speaks like a grownup. Well, at least the mother and two teenagers seemed normal, at least on the outside.

18. Mr Bean (1990)

Mr Bean is a worldwide known British sitcom that became everyone’s favourite in a short time thanks to Rowan Atkinson’s hilarious acting. This character gained a lot of attention even when the show only ran for one season, yet it became one of the most popular comedy sitcoms ever. 

Years later, the character gets two live-action films and an animated spin-off that is suitable for all family members. The story of this humorous sitcom is that Mr Bean goes about his everyday tasks using his odd wit to cope. However, he accidentally keeps getting himself into trouble and involving those around him, leading to a huge misunderstanding of his intentions.

19. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-Present)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of the most well-known comedy sitcoms, starring Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, and Charlie Day. This sitcom has been ongoing since 2005, given its clever jokes, hilarious situations, and beloved characters. It has been going for 15 seasons now, and the 16th season is expected to be released in the Fall of 2023. 

This show revolves around five friends who run an Irish bar with lots of peculiar situations taking place within its walls. Their characters are driven by selfishness and ego, leading them to clash every once in a while. Despite owning and running a supposedly successful business, their tiny brains keep hindering them from moving further forward. 

20. Wednesday (2022-Present)

Wednesday is the latest and most recent comedy sitcom on this list. Although it doesn’t have the same ambience as older sitcoms, this show has become popular on Netflix upon its release. Jenna Ortega managed to give Wednesday Addams character a new dimension, and we cannot get over her Kubrick stare. 

The show narrates a new story for Wednesday Addams, the daughter of the renowned Addams Family. She uses her obsession with crimes and mystery-solving to decrypt a lifelong mystery that has been lingering within the walls of Nevermore Academy. The best part is that we get to see Christina Ricci in the show. In case you don’t know, she used to play Wednesday in the 1991 hit movie. 

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