December 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm #541162
What do you guys think is the best comedy series of the above mentioned?
Note: I excluded Arrested Development, 30 Rock and Modern Family because they are still on the air, or are returning.December 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm #541164
The Office is still on the air.
Where’s All in the Family, Cheers, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show?December 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm #541165
……. I can’t believe you didn’t include:
The Golden Girls
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
or the Cosby Show.December 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm #541166
Simpsons. It is on the air, but it’s mostly dead apart from one or two episodes a season where it’s actually quite good, and it’s been on the air long enough that we can determine it’s legacy, and see how it extended beyond animated shows and spread to live-action comedy.
Out of this list, The Dick van Dyke Show.December 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm #541167
The Office is still on the air.
Where’s All in the Family, Cheers, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show?
Ricky Gervais versionDecember 2, 2012 at 1:23 am #541168
My two favorite non-Arrested Development comedies aren’t even here- Roseanne and All in the Family. Cheers, MASH and The Mary Tyler Moore Show should be there as well. Out of this bunch I’d go with Taxi.December 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm #541169
“I Love Lucy.” Period.December 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm #541170
Where the hell is Golden Girls??? That show is better than half of these contenders (Including Honey Mooners)!
Anyways from the list definitely Seinfeld followed by Friends.December 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm #541171
I know this board is filled with old gay dudes, but the love for Golden Girls is over the top. It was a cute show, but the greatest comedy ever?December 3, 2012 at 4:18 am #541172
Yeah, there’s definitely a female-centric obsession around these parts.
I thought it was a good show, but not even close to being one of the best comedies ever.December 3, 2012 at 5:27 am #541173
Friends, bitch!December 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #541174
I actually voted on the part two list first. I voted for ALL IN THE FAMILY followed closely by Cheers and The Golden Girls.
Among this list, I find several shows to be good or simply overrated.
The Dick Van Dyke Show was one that I just never got into.
Fraiser I watch fairly frequently but I feel I could watch a great episode of it and then be bored the next one.
The Honeymooners was just one of the classics that just never appealed to me though I do highly repsect its ensemble.
The Andy Griffith Show is interesting for me because Don Knotts is from my hometown and I grew up knowing him as a local legend and he was easily the best thing about the show, and the rest of the cast was strong but it is still another show I just never have had the urge to want to watch. I normally flip the channel when it comes on.
Friends, to me, is among the top 5 most overrated shows of the past 30-40 years. I just never, ever got into it.
Taxi had some great classic characters but it to never appealed to me, but thankfully its creation also helped lead to Cheers, which is one of my all-time favorites.
So, that leaves me with Seinfeld, I Love Lucy, and The Office.
In the case of The Office, whether it be US or UK, I love the show. I think the UK one, as brief as it lasted, was very consistent while the US version would have a strong season (2,4) and then a weak season (3).
Seinfeld was definitely a true phenomenon and it shaped a new era of sitcoms and while it was shaky its first and second seasons, it really took off starting in Season 3 and 4 and then I’d say it was even strong going to Season 5 and 6 and then 7 and 8 were where the quality dipped a little. I think it is a crime that Michael Richards won 3 Emmys while Jason Alexander won absolutely nothing and Julia Louis Dreyfuss only won 1, but she now has two more so that doesn’t anger me as much as they Jason Alexander situation.
I Love Lucy is just the ultimate sitcom for me. It may not be a show that I seek to watch all the time but whenever I see it is on, I will watch it. It is the show I always think of when it comes to legendary sitcoms and by a hair over Seinfeld, it gets my vote.
Other sitcoms I loved that weren’t on this list:
Family Ties (mainly for Seasons 1-4)
Will and Grace (also mainly for 1-4, the later years were good but it became too broad if that was even possible)
I can think of several sitcoms I really like but wouldn’t rank them among the greatest ever. I think I always tend to go for the more dramedy types.