Situation comedies, or sitcoms for short, have been a staple of American television since they first came about. While always funny, and often poignant, sitcoms have always held a special place in every network’s prime time lineup. Sitcoms encompass a broad category, almost all shows that fall under this category utilize comedic satire and slapstick comedy in order to entertain audiences. And while not every sitcom to grace the silver screen has been a hit, a chosen few have made their way into the hearts and minds of generations. Read on to learn more about twenty of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
This is the show that started it all: The Honeymooners. Led by comedy star Jackie Gleason, and despite the fact that the show ran for just 39 episodes, The Honeymooners set the stage for every sitcom of the last 60 years. Featuring the shenanigans of Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, along with their arguably more intelligent wives, the sitcom produced comedic gold that has stood the test of time. The Honeymooners is so beloved that Family Guy’s character Peter Griffin happens to be an homage to Jackie Gleason.