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The 50 best comedies of all time (according to Complex)



Cards on the table, I'm posted this ranking because I love their top 5 very much.

In bold are the comedies that have been in production in the 2010s.

1. Arrested Development : 4 seasons / 67 episodes, 2003 - ? (FOX/Netflix).
2. 30 Rock : 7 seasons / 138 episodes, 2006-2013 (NBC).
3. Curb your Enthusiasm : 8 seasons / 80 episodes (+ 1 special), 2000 - ? (HBO).
4. Party Down : 2 seasons / 20 episodes, 2009-2010 (Starz).
5. Seinfeld : 9 seasons / 180 episodes, 1989-1998 (NBC).

6. Martin : 5 seasons / 132 episodes, 1992-1997 (FOX).
7. The Office : 9 seasons / 200 episodes, 2005-2013 (NBC).
8. I Love Lucy : 6 seasons / 181 episodes, 1951-1957 (CBS).
9. Taxi : 5 seasons / 114 episodes, 1978-1983 (ABC/NBC).
10. The Cosby Show : 8 seasons / 202 episodes, 1984-1992 (NBC).

11. Parks and Recreation : 5 seasons / 80 episodes, 2009 - ? (NBC).
12. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air : 6 seasons / 148 episodes, 1990-1996 (NBC).
13. Cheers : 11 seasons / 270 episodes, 1982-1993 (NBC).
14. The Three Stooges : syndication.
15. The Larry Sanders Show : 6 seasons / 89 episodes, 1992-1998 (HBO).
16. The Abbott and Costello Show : 2 seasons / 52 episodes, 1952-1954 (syndication).
17. The Honeymooners : 1 season / 39 episodes, 1955-1956 (CBS).
18. The Bernie Mac Show : 5 seasons / 104 episodes, 2001-2006 (FOX).
19. The Golden Girls : 7 seasons / 180 episodes, 1985-1992 (NBC).
20. Sanford and Son : 6 seasons / 135 episodes, 1972-1977 (NBC).

21. Will and Grace : 8 seasons / 184 episodes, 1998-2006 (NBC).
22. Newhart : 8 seasons / 184 episodes, 1982-1990 (CBS).
23. Louie : 3 seasons / 39 episodes, 2010 - ? (FX).
24. Night Court : 9 seasons / 194 episodes, 1984-1992 (NBC).
25. Modern Family : 4 seasons / 96 episodes, 2009 - ? (ABC).
26. Scrubs : 8 seasons / 169 episodes, 2001-2009 (NBC/ABC).
27. Friends : 10 seasons / 236 episodes, 1994-2004 (NBC).
28. Married… with Children : 11 seasons / 259 episodes, 1987-1997 (FOX).
29. Reno 911! : 6 seasons / 88 episodes (+ 1 film), 2003-2009 (Comedy Central).
30. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia : 8 seasons / 94 episodes, 2005 - ? (FX).

31. All in the Family : 9 seasons / 208 episodes, 1971-1979 (CBS).
32. Flight of the Conchords : 2 seasons / 22 episodes, 2007-2009 (HBO).
33. Extras : 2 seasons / 13 episodes, 2005-2006 (HBO).
34. Police Squad! : 1 season / 6 episodes (+ 3 films), 1982 (ABC).
35. Everybody Hates Chris : 4 seasons / 88 episodes, 2005-2009 (CW).
36. Get a Life : 2 seasons / 35 episodes, 1990-1992 (FOX).
37. The Mary Tyler Moore Show : 7 seasons / 168 episodes, 1970-1977 (CBS).
38. That 70's Show : 8 seasons / 200 episodes, 1998-2006 (FOX).
39. Malcolm in the Middle : 6 seasons / 151 episodes, 2000-2006 (FOX).
40. Roseanne : 10 seasons / 222 episodes, 1988-1997 (ABC).

41. Workaholics : 3 seasons / 40 episodes, 2011 - ? (Comedy Central).
42. The Wayans Bros : 5 seasons / 101 episodes, 1995-1999 (WB).
43. Eastbound and Down : 3 seasons / 21 episodes, 2009 - ? (HBO).
44. Freaks and Geeks : 1 season / 18 episodes, 1999-2000 (NBC).
45. M*A*S*H : 11 seasons / 251 episodes, 1972-1983 (CBS).
46. The Big Bang Theory : 6 seasons / 135 episodes, 2007 - ? (CBS).
47. How I Met Your Mother : 9 seasons / 208 episodes, 2005-2014 (CBS).
48. NewsRadio : 5 seasons / 97 episodes, 1995-1999 (NBC).
49. Everybody Loves Raymond : 9 seasons / 210 episodes, 1996-2005 (CBS).
50. Community : 4 seasons / 84 episodes, 2009 - ? (NBC).


It's worth pointing out that among these 50 best comedies of all time :

- 25 have aired entirely or partially in the 2000s.
- 14 have aired entirely or partially in the 2010s.

- 16 series come from NBC (most represented network), incl. 13 shows in the top 27 ! It's followed by CBS (9) & FOX (7), despite being a young network (26 years old) where animation (non-eligible) is abundant.

- Workaholics is the most recent show (launched April 6, 2011) followed by Louie (June 29, 2010), Modern Family (Sept. 23, 2009), Community (Sept. 17, 2009), Parks & Rec (April 9, 2009) & Party Down (March 20, 2009).

- Community is 50th, below HIMYM, TBBT, and plenty of sitcoms which would never even have dared to have storylines like the ones featured on Community. But nostalgia can sometimes trump inventivity I guess.

- Bored to Death, Better Off Ted, Raising Hope, The Comeback & The League have been omitted somehow.

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