Ready for another CST Top 10? We bet you are! This time around we are going with top 10 TV comedies of all-time. Think about all of the greats shows we have been able to watch over the years from the time of black and white to 2013. Remember that we can only rank the shows that we have seen! We have a lot to get to so here we go:
Steve’s Top 10
10. The Honeymooners
I grew up watching reruns of The Honeymooners in Brooklyn on Ch. 11 after the 11pm news. I used to like watching it so much that I would even have to close my door to hide the fact that I was still watching TV that late on a school night. Summer vacation marathons? Forget about it! Bang, zoom!
9. The Office
The reason The Office isn’t higher on my list is because I just didn’t see enough of it. I watched a few here and there with my wife because I would always hear her lol’ing (yeah I just did that). Honestly, the fact that it even MADE my list after watching a handful of episodes is amazing enough.
8. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith’s launching pad. I still watch reruns to this day and think it is a hilarious show. I could not stop watching the YouTube video of the time when Will and Jaden were on The Graham Norton Show.
7. How I Met Your Mother
Another show that I have not watched nearly enough episodes of. The entire series is on Netflix and I plan to watch every last one of them. Although my wife watches this show also and I have already seen the Mother. Ah well, it just seems to good to pass up.
6. Modern Family
I love Modern Family. Everyone on the show is likeable and I think that everyone has someone in their life that reminds them of a cast member. I DVR it every week (because I can’t stand to watch commercials) and I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm
How great is Larry David? Things are so awkward on this show that it is pure hilarity. I love the situations that he gets himself into and I love the fact that he has no filter.
At the risk of sounding like a real weirdo, I used to have a really tiny 5″ television that I used to use while I was eating dinner when I was just a little lad. I remember loving Cheers so much that I would use the CASSETTE recorder to record the audio of episodes and then just listening to it as if it were on the radio. I know…total loser. I just noticed that Cheers is on Netflix. Would it be bad to take a few weeks off of work to watch all of the seasons? This show also happened to have a top 10 TV theme song! I think I just gave myself an idea for a future top 10!
3. All in The Family
Talk about a classic! Archie Bunker and his crazy ideas on race and religion. It was such a great show because it tackled some of the big issues that were going on around the time it was on television. I always wanted a chair of my own like Archie had, where nobody else could sit. I’m still waiting.
Another great theme song. Oh, we already talked about that being another list! Friends is a masterpiece of loveable characters and their daily grind. They are all wacky and crazy and just what we need in a TV show. It is also just what I need as I iron my clothes at night for work in the morning. Reruns…gotta love ’em!
Anyone that knows anything about me would know that Seinfeld is my favorite show of all-time. It doesn’t matter what episode you are watching, you can relate something to your life. I always run into situations in life when I think to myself (or out-loud) “hey this is just like that episode of Seinfeld when…” Oh and Bryan Cranston (Walter White) was on the show! Really! Look it up!
Scott’s Top 10
10. Saturday Night Live
Classic comedy skits launched the careers of Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell and many more. Sure the show has become a shell of itself, but the 80’s shows alone merit a spot on the top 10 of all-time list.
9. Chapelle’s Show
Gone too soon, Dave Chappelle produced some of the funniest skits we have seen on the small screen. If you haven’t had the chance, check this one out on Netflix.
8. The Office
I know, I know, everyone says the UK show is much better but I loved the early seasons of the office with Steve Carell. The last couple of season fell off the tracks but the earlier seasons were comic gold.
Every week we went to that little Boston bar where everybody knew our names. Whether it was Kirstie Alley or Shelly Long, the superb writing of cheers kept us coming back for more.
6. Family Guy
Seth Macfarlane’s cult classic is going to finish a lot higher on this list when all is said and done. The Family Guy features Macfarlane’s wickedly scathing sarcasm. Admittedly not for everyone, but one of the funniest shows of all time.
5. The Simpsons
Once a cultural phenomenon, Homer and the Simpson family have been a pillar of excellence for over two decades. Proved that an animated cartoon could carry the weight of adult humor making The Simpson’s a trendsetting classic.
4. South Park
Groundbreaking, rude, crude, and ill mannered..South Park reinvented late night comedy. An easy spot in the top 5.
I never want to hear the Friend’s theme song ever again, but who doesn’t want to take a trip to Central Perk to visit our favorite group of Friends?
The little show about nothing that was once almost cancelled became one of the greatest shows of our time. Don’t let the series finale tarnish the greatness of Seinfeld.
1. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Writer Larry David’s two shows occupy the top two spots on my top 10 all time TV comedies. There is nothing funnier than everyday life situations we all can relate too. In Curb Your Enthusiasm, David shows us that even an awkward moments can produce comedy gold. Quite simply my favorite comedy show of all time.
Carlos’ Top Ten
10. Freaks and Geeks
Before Judd Apatow became famous for his movies, he had a show teenage outcasts. Showed the high school experience in a more compassionate view than his raunchy movies. It is where we meet some of the stars of his later movies, such as James Franco, Seth Rogan and Jason Segel.
Show about a washed up baseball player in Boston who buys a bar and the characters that frequent that bar. The show was nominated as Best Comedy all 12 years it aired.
8. Married with Children
Yes, it was a raunchy and used toilet humor, but Al Bundy and his family, together with the Simpsons, carried the fledgling FOX network until it was on equal footing with the original Big-3 networks (ABC, NBC, CBS).
Told the story of the lower middle class experience. Tackled controversial issues like abortion, gay rights and poverty with intelligence and humor.
The show that followed the lives of six New Yorkers. Sure, we see shows like that all the time, but this was one of the first to use that formula. Fans became so attached to these characters that watching them on Thursday nights was like visiting family. Ask anyone what “We were on a break!” or a “Ross and Rachel relationship” means and they will easily tell you.
5. All in the Family
A show centering on a racist? Yes, it was controversial. Archie Bunker was an avowed racist and had other backwards views, but was not portrayed as a monster, and somehow the writers made him into a lovable figure.
4. How I Met Your Mother
Another show centered on New Yorkers, HIMYM used the bouncing timeline to attach multiple episodes brilliantly. The humor was eccentric, if not the characters.
3. Cosby Show
This was a truly groundbreaking show. It portrayed African Americans and other minorities in a new light. Instead of having them be prostitutes or thugs, they were doctors and lawyers. The show also tackled issues in Cosby’s honest personality. See the episode where Cliff tells his son Theo, “That is the dumbest thing I have heard…I brought you into this world and I can take you out!”
2. The Simpsons
The longest running primetime scripted series (25 seasons and counting). As noted earlier, one of the two shows that singlehandedly kept FOX network afloat early on. Cowabunga dude!
A show about nothing that is one of the most quoted shows of all time? Genius!
David’s Top 10
Takes on the lighter side of the medical world, but still lets you know things can get serious at any time. JD and Turk took their bromance to the next level, making their friendship loveable and comedic.
9. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Probably one of the catchiest tunes to be on TV and was the launching pad for the success of Will Smith. Also who could forget the legendary Carlton dance?
8. The League
A show about fantasy football and the lives of those who breathe it, need I say more? Not to forget it’s all improvisational comedy, making the actors geniuses.
7. How I Met Your Mother
The chemistry the 5 characters have make this show work. It’s hilarious and keeps you on your seat wondering who the eventual mother is going to be and what antics Barney gets into this week. It’s legend, wait for it, dairy!
6. Always Sunny in Philadelphia
This is the definition of black comedy. Great writing and controversial issues keeps this show funny and fresh. Plus the addition of Danny Devito in season 2 just helped even more.
5. South Park
No one makes fun of current events better than Trey Parker and Matt Stone. And the fact that they create some of these episodes just days before it airs makes them that much more brilliant.
4. The Office
Michael Scott will go down as one of the most underappreciated characters of all time. The show is witty and outrageously funny. Every character contributes to the show making it great.
Friends became like a family to all who watched it and saw a decade full of laughs and unforgettable lines. All 6 characters blended well with each other and taught you what it was to be a true friend.
2. The Simpsons
It’s the longest running American sitcom and has managed to stay fresh and satire everything from biblical stories to having a yearly Halloween episode, as well as having its own big screen movie.
“It’s a show about nothing.” It might have been a show about nothing, but it was a cleverly written show that kept the viewers at home laughing. From the calm Jerry to the extreme Kramer, this show was money.
Yankee Todd’s Top 10
10. Get a Life
Classic TV show regarding a paperboy and a classic community production called “Zoo Animal on Wheels.” The final episode was epic. He fell from a plane, his life flashed in front of his eyes, he survives by landing on a bed. What happens next is classic!
9. Brady Bunch
Mom always said “Don’t play ball in the house. ” or “I saw Greg smoking.” Their trip to Hawaii was my vacation to Hawaii. Remember when Bobby and Cindy befriended the Native American at the Grand Canyon?
8. The Honeymooners
A classic New York show. I used to stay up late to watch reruns on Ch. 11. The thought of this show takes me back to my youth and friendship with my boys.
7. The Munsters
Another show that takes me back to my youth. Love Eddie and Grandpa Munster.
6. How I Met Your Mother
Started watching the show late and kick myself for that. Classic humor and situations.
5. The Office
Old School Office, like when it first came out. When Michael Scott wore the women’s suit — it was classic. I remember one day google searching Michael Scott and that’s what she said and laughing for hours. Creed Braton’s character was unreal and Michael’s hatred for Toby was legendary.
4. Chapelle’s Show
One of a kind. A true revolutionary of comic and show. Often times, made me laugh completely out loud and talking about it the following day.
The Thanksgiving Food fight was incredible. Everyone knows a Cliff Clavin and I loved the character Coach was one of a kind.
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David at his best! Seinfeld with a curse word or two. I just quoted the Halloween episode — “The hate crime” and laughed at how he tripped Shaq and how he was shown on the jumbo tron.
Years later, reruns and quotes are still funny and applicable. The characters are life like and relatable.
The Sportz Nuttz Top 10
Honorable Mention: Entourage, The Office (U.S.)
10. Married With Children
The show that made FOX network a hit also struck gold with me. I tuned in, even until the final episode, and still find it funny today.
9. Modern Family
It’s very rare to see a cast where EVERYONE is loved, but ‘tis true when it comes to this show. The beauty of it is how every plot, though big or small, tie themselves in together and teach us, the viewers, a lesson on life as well.
8. Arrested Development
Had the Netflix’d season never existed, this would be placed much higher on my list. That being said, the casting is quite similar to my #9 in that they are all awesome.
7. The Big Bang Theory
The show that made being a nerd cool, it’s so original despite the fact that it uses a ton of pop culture references and scientific formulas.
6. Whose Line is it Anyway?
There have been some moments in my life where I have laughed so uncontrollably that I have cried and/or my stomach has hurt. More than a handful of those have been from watching this show.
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Wildly entertaining and well-acted, Larry David does a tremendous job of bringing out the worst possible reactions of awkward situations, some of which we’ve all thought of ourselves.
4. Saturday Night Live
I actually only started watching this show a few years ago, but I have been watching it almost non-stop ever since, thanks to re-runs up here in Canada and Netflix. Too many stars to name and too many skits to praise.
3. How I Met Your Mother
Blitz, Sandwiches, Bro, Perfect Week, New Relationship Syndrome, Intervention, The Playbook, Doppelganger, Murtaugh List, Legendary! If you don’t know any of what I just said, you really need to watch this show.
2. The Simpsons
If not for the last few seasons, this could be the greatest TV show of all-time on many lists, but the past half-decade has been repetitive and mildly funny. That being said, it revolutionized the animation world, and was intelligent on so many levels. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s a cartoon or that it’s somewhat rude, because for the first 15 years there were lessons to be learned and real-life ideas to be re-visited.
The greatest ever. It just is. Watch it and you’ll agree.
hot chief DSO’s Top 10
10 and 9. Colbert Report / Jimmy Fallon / Conan O’Brien
3 way tie for 9th & 10th place. Political satire and mockery.
8. Home Improvement
Family humor from the 90s. You just can’t find family funnies these days!
7. America’s Funniest Videos (AFV)
Even the old VHS clips are still funny.
6. Chapelle’s Show
Legendary comedy skits and quotes that have been adopted and integrated into popular culture. Too bad Dave Chapelle withdrew from the act. Nothing is sacred. Everything is funny.
Why does New York have to be the center of everything? Watch a few episodes, and you’ll catch on. You won’t be able to resist a growing affection for the cast with each episode, building to a climax of “that one show” where you just laugh until you can’t breathe… and you snort.
4. Saturday Night Live
A dynamic comedy show that spans over decades to the present day, featuring parodies and situational comedy skits. SNL consistently spawns big screen comedians.
3. All in The Family
The original “70s show” – featuring two extremes in American ideaology – biggotry and liberalism – with uncomfortably loveable characters that we all can identify.
2. I Love Lucy
Who couldn’t adore the slapstick comedy and classic good looks of that era? The show is a snapshot in American History, with a great, big, wholesome smile.
1. The Honeymooners
This black and white comedy is the basis for future comedies, it is both timeless and timely. Give it a go, I promise a giggle!