The 100 Best Sitcoms, according to Rolling Stone

Name the top 100 sitcoms of all time, according to a 2021 list by Rolling Stone magazine.
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Rank
Network / years
Character(s)
Sitcom name
100
Pop TV, 2015-2020
Moira Rose
Schitt's Creek
99
CBS, 1987-1988
Frank Parrish
Frank’s Place
98
Netflix, 2018-Present
Granda Joe
Derry Girls
97
NBC, 1984-1992
Bull
Night Court
96
ABC Kids, 2018-Present
Bandit
Bluey
95
FX, 2016-2019
Chip and Dale
Baskets
94
HBO, 2016-Present
Issa Dee
Insecure
93
Netflix, 2017-Present
Hormone Monsters
Big Mouth
92
MTV, 1997-2002
Jake and Helen
Daria
91
NBC, 1983-1984
Bill Bittinger
Buffalo Bill
90
CBS, 2007-2019
Sheldon Cooper
The Big Bang Theory
89
NBC, 1987-1993
Whitley and Dwayne
A Different World
88
Starz, 2009-2010
Henry and Ron
Party Down
87
ABC, 1977-1981
Benson
Soap
86
Fox, 1993-1998
Khadijah
Living Single
85
CBS, 1950-1958
Gracie
George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
84
ABC, 2009-2020
Phil and Claire
Modern Family
83
Crave, 2016-Present
Squirrelly Dan
Letterkenny
82
CBS, 2005-2014
Ted Mosby
How I Met Your Mother
81
NBC, 1998-2006, 2017-2020
Karen Walker
Will & Grace
80
NBC, 1972-1977
Fred and Lamont
Sanford and Son
79
CBS, 1978-1982
Dr. Johnny Fever
WKRP in Cincinnati
78
Channel 4, 2003-2015
Mark and Jez
Peep Show
77
Netflix, 2017-2019; Pop, 2020
Penelope and Elena
One Day at a Time
76
Fox, 2011-2018
Schmidt, Nick and Winston
New Girl
75
BBC One, 1983-1989
Baldrick
Blackadder
74
Fox, 1999-2003; Comedy Central, 2008-2013
Fry and Bender
Futurama
73
BBC, 1992-1996
Edina and Patsy
Absolutely Fabulous
72
HBO, 2005, 2014
Valerie Cherish
The Comeback
71
Adult Swim, 2013-Present
Jerry and Beth
Rick and Morty
70
CBS, 1955-1959
Private Doberman
The Phil Silvers Show
69
HBO, 2007-2009
Bret and Jemaine
Flight of the Conchords
68
CBS, 1972-1978
Walter Findlay
Maude
67
CBS, 1950-1964; NBC, 1964-1965
Rochester Van Jones
The Jack Benny Program
66
NBC, 1965-1969; CBS, 1969-1970
Agent 99
Get Smart
65
Disney, 2007-2015
Dr. Doofenshmirtz
Phineas and Ferb
64
FX, 2019-Present
Laszlo and Nandor
What We Do in the Shadows
63
CBS, 1986-1993
Julia Sugarbaker
Designing Women
62
BBC Four, 2005-2007; BBC Two, 2009-2012
Malcolm Tucker
The Thick of It
61
Channel 4, 2015-2019
Rob and Sharon
Catastrophe
60
CBS, 1974-1979
JJ "Kid Dynomite"
Good Times
59
Channel 4, 1999-2001
Tim and Daisy
Spaced
58
Showtime, 1986-1990
Nancy Bancroft
It's Garry Shandling's Show
57
FX, 2014; FXX, 2015-2019
Jimmy and Gretchen
You're the Worst
56
CBS, 1988-1998, 2018
Corky Sherwood
Murphy Brown
55
ABC, 1970-1975
Oscar and Felix
The Odd Couple
54
Fox, 2001-2006
Bernard McCullough
The Bernie Mac Show
53
NBC, 2001-2008; ABC, 2009-2010
JD and Turk
Scrubs
52
BBC Two, 1997-2002
Lynn Benfield
I'm Alan Partridge
51
ABC, 1982
Frank Drebin
Police Squad!
50
NBC, 1995-1999
Jimmy James
NewsRadio
49
ABC, 1975-1982
Wojo and Fish
Barney Miller
48
CBS, 1975-1988
George and Weezy
The Jeffersons
47
NBC, 1990-1996
Uncle Phil
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
46
NBC, 2016-2020
Eleanor and Chidi
The Good Place
45
Comedy Central, 2014-2019
Ilana and Abbi
Broad City
44
HBO, 2012-2019
Selina Meyer
Veep
43
Fox, 2013-2018; NBC, 2019-Present
Capt. Holt
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
42
IFC, 2017-2020
Jim and Jules
Brockmire
41
Fox, 1997-2010
Hank and Peggy
King of the Hill
40
Comedy Central, 2014-2017
Forrest MacNeil
Review
39
ABC, 2014-Present
Dre and Rainbow
Black-ish
38
NBC, 1994-2004
Ross and Rachel
Friends
37
Fox, 2011-Present
Tina Belcher
Bob's Burgers
36
HBO, 1998-2004
Carrie Bradshaw
Sex and the City
35
CBS, 1996-2005
Debra Barone
Everybody Loves Raymond
34
Nickelodeon, 1999-Present
Patrick Star
SpongeBob SquarePants
33
FX, 2016-Present
Sam Fox
Better Things
32
NBC, 1985-1992
Blanche and Dorothy
The Golden Girls
31
BBC, 1975-1979
Basil and Manuel
Fawlty Towers
30
BBC Two 2001-2003
David Brent
The Office (U.K.)
29
FX, 2005-2012; FXX, 2013-Present
Charlie Kelly
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
28
Fox, 2000-2006
Reese and Dewey
Malcolm in the Middle
27
FX, 2010-2015
Lilly and Jane
Louie
26
CBS, 1972-1978
Dr. Bob Hartley
The Bob Newhart Show
25
FX, 2016-Present
Paper Boi
Atlanta
24
NBC, 2009-2014; Yahoo! Screen, 2015
Jeff Winger
Community
23
NBC, 2005-2013
Dwight Schrute
The Office (U.S.)
22
Comedy Central, 1997-Present
Cartman
South Park
21
BBC Three, 2016-2019
Hot Priest
Fleabag
20
Netflix, 2014-2020
Mr. Peanutbutter
BoJack Horseman
19
ABC, 1988-1997
Dan Conner
Roseanne
18
NBC, 2006-2013
Liz Lemon
30 Rock
17
ABC, 1978-1982; NBC, 1982-1983
Latka Gravas
Taxi
16
NBC, 1984-1992
Clair Huxtable
The Cosby Show
15
Fox, 2003-2006; Netflix, 2013-2019
Tobias Funke
Arrested Development
14
CBS, 1960-1968
Opie
The Andy Griffith Show
13
NBC, 1993-2004
Niles Crane
Frasier
12
HBO, 2000-Present
Larry David
Curb Your Enthusiasm
11
CBS, 1961-1966
Rob Petrie
The Dick Van Dyke Show
10
HBO, 1992-1998
Hank Kingsley
The Larry Sanders Show
9
NBC, 2009-2015
Ron Swanson
Parks and Recreation
8
CBS, 1955-1956
Ralph Kramden
The Honeymooners
7
CBS, 1970-1977
Ted Baxter
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6
CBS, 1972-1983
Hawkeye Pierce
M*A*S*H*
5
CBS, 1971-1979
Edith Bunker
All in the Family
4
CBS, 1951-1957
Ricky Ricardo
I Love Lucy
3
NBC, 1989-1998
Kramer
Seinfeld
2
NBC, 1982-1993
Sam Malone
Cheers
1
Fox, 1989-Present
Montgomery Burns
The Simpsons
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Level 83
May 5, 2021
The Jeffersons was better than Modern Family? Rolling Stone's taste in sitcoms is about as good as its taste in music.
+4
Level 72
May 26, 2021
Um, yes. Yes it was.
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Level 83
May 26, 2021
Somewhat surprisingly, not a terrible list at all. Just a little bit biased toward older shows and against streaming media but that's to be expected.
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Level 69
May 26, 2021
What a stupid, USA-centric list. Only Fools and Horses, which was voted best British sitcom of all time, isn't even on here. Neither is Porridge or Open All Hours, Ronnie Barker's sitcoms
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Level 68
May 30, 2021
I mean, it's an American magazine so that's the audience it's writing for. There's a few British ones, though I personally would've place Fawlty Towers at the top, and added The IT Crowd and a few others.
+3
Level 57
May 26, 2021
Number 90 is missing its opening “The”.
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Level 68
May 26, 2021
added
+3
Level 76
May 26, 2021
Reading the article, interesting that they disqualify shows like The Wonder Years but include a show like Spongebob (not that I'm complaining about its inclusion). Also, "Doofenshmirtz" is misspelled.
+1
Level 68
May 26, 2021
fixed
+2
Level 72
May 26, 2021
"Burns and Allen" should be an acceptable type-in. Even with the usual arguments about opinion, great quiz.
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Level 68
May 26, 2021
Thanks, tweaked
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Level 66
Nov 18, 2021
Typing "office" or "the office" should give you the UK version as well as the USA version.
+1
Level 68
Nov 18, 2021
Absolutely. Fixed
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Level 41
Nov 18, 2021
Friends is the most overrated sitcom ever.
+2
Level 68
Nov 18, 2021
Wow, I count at least two Canadian shows! Surprised to see any up there if I'm being honest. Not sure about Schitt's Creek but Letterkenny is a pretty quality show. The humour didn't really click with me but I respect it anyways.
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Level 55
Nov 30, 2021
I thought I'd do so much better on this. I got 48 and with the exception of me just blanking when I KNEW the answer (30 Rock, One day at a time) the ones I didnt get ide either never heard of,, barely heard of, or just never watched.

And I know I'm in the minority but I cannot stand The Simpsons. I must be really missing something.

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Level 75
Mar 13, 2022
It's a crime that Third Rock From the Sun is not on this list.