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What are your favorite classic, current or recent TV sitcoms ?


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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   BrettHarris

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Posted June 27 2005 - 11:35 PM

Irrespective whether they're on DVD, or aren't yet, but soon or eventually will be, what are your personal favorite classic (as in ones that finished production before, or up to 1985), current (still being made) and / or recent (as in recently in production, but since finished within the last 1 - 10 years) TV sitcom shows and please say why, for each one/s named ?

#2 of 19 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted June 27 2005 - 11:44 PM

I don't watch much in the way of current television, though I like 24, but two series from the Nineties that I view as bonafide classics are the X-Files and Homicide: Life on the Street. Although very different shows, what makes them classics is quality . . . quality of the writing, acting and overall production. I'm collecting Homicide (up to Season 6) and just started on the X-Files.

#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Linda Thompson

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Posted June 28 2005 - 02:22 AM

Sticking strictly with sitcoms, here are a few from my list of favorites:

Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, Leave It To Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, Monkees, Partridge Family - childhood favorites, still love them today

Cheers, Three's Company, Home Improvement, Designing Women, Golden Girls, SOAP, Ellen, The Jeffersons, Fresh Prince, Newhart (the one at the inn in Vermont), M*A*S*H, Mad About You - just plain funny (with some excellent dramatic touches on some from time to time), and great characters

Wings, WKRP - probably my 2 all-time favorites; great writing, great ensemble casts - I never get tired of these two

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#4 of 19 OFFLINE   Peter M Fitzgerald

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Posted June 28 2005 - 03:51 AM

My favorites--

Classic:

WKRP IN CINCINNATI (my favorite sitcom of all time)
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
POLICE SQUAD!
THE HONEYMOONERS

Classic-era shows that weren't intended to be sitcoms, but often work as sitcoms, IMHO:

DRAGNET (1967-70 version)
LOST IN SPACE

Recent:

THE SIMPSONS (though I haven't been able to see new episodes for the last 4-5 years)
GET A LIFE
NIGHT COURT

Current:

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#5 of 19 OFFLINE   ElijahS

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Posted June 28 2005 - 04:51 AM

Just going by what I have/want on DVD, since a complete list would be much longer:

Classic
I Love Lucy, Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Get Smart, Batman (would this be considered a comedy?)

Recent
Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Mad About You, Murphy Brown, The Cosby Show, Roseanne

Current
Will & Grace
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#6 of 19 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted June 28 2005 - 05:55 AM

Classic: Dad's Army, Beverley Hillbillies [I was under ten when this was on, so excuse my lack of critical faculties], Yes Prime Minister, Newsradio, Drop the Dead Donkey, Porridge

Recent: Friends

Current: Simpsons, Will and Grace

#7 of 19 OFFLINE   John Carr

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Posted June 28 2005 - 11:15 AM

Classic: Honeymooners, Father Knows Best, Sgt. Bilko, Leave It To Beaver, McHale's Navy, My Three Sons, Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched

Recent: The Jeffersons, Taxi, Cheers, Roseanne, The Golden Girls, Moonlighting, Frasier, Murphy Brown, Dream On, Keeping Up Appearances, In Living Color, The Larry Sanders Show

Current: Curb Your Enthusiam, Scrubs, As Time Goes By, The King of Queens, Coupling, Arrested Development


#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Marty M

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Posted June 28 2005 - 11:22 AM

Classic: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart Show

Recent: Cheers, MASH, and Taxi

Current: Arrested Development, Scrubs, and Two & a Half Men

All of the above sitcoms are/were intellegently written with great ensemble casts.

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#9 of 19 OFFLINE   Linda Thompson

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Posted June 28 2005 - 02:53 PM

I knew I'd forget and leave some things out...

Add Get Smart and It's Garry Shandling's Show to my list.

#10 of 19 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted June 28 2005 - 05:24 PM

Classic: Beverly Hillbillies, Honeymooners, Flintstones (animated sitcom).

Recent: Fraser

Current: none


To me, adult cartoons are animated sitcoms.
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#11 of 19 OFFLINE   DavidBC

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Posted June 28 2005 - 06:46 PM

Mary Tyler Moore
Golden Girls
Newsradio
Absolutely Fabulous

and all six episodes of Police Squad!
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#12 of 19 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted June 29 2005 - 03:52 AM

Classic: Leave it to Beaver, The Many Loves of Doby Gillis, The Patty Duke Show, The Brady Bunch, The Jeffersons, What's Happening?, Good Times, MASH, WKRP

80's: Family Ties, Soap, Diff'rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Cheers (the first 4-5 seasons)

Recent: Seinfeld, South Park, Simpsons, Newsradio, Roseanne (really underrated show, probably as good at "serious" episodes/topics as any sitcom I've seen other than MASH), Friends, King of the Hill, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Malcolm in the Middle (1st 2 seasons only), Dr. Katz, Beevis & Butthead

Current: I don't watch a single show of any type regularly anymore. But I have seen a few eps of Home Movies and thought it was very funny.
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#13 of 19 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted June 29 2005 - 04:44 AM

50s: I Love Lucy

60s: Dick Van Dyke Show, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show

70s: The Brady Bunch, Columbo, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Good Life, The Bob Newhart Show, The Partridge Family, To the Manor Born

80s: WKRP in Cincinnati, The Cosby Show, Cheers, Taxi, Rumpole of the Bailey, Night Court

90s: Frasier, The Simpsons, Star Trek: TNG, Home Improvement, Seinfeld

2000s: Everybody Loves Raymond

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#14 of 19 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted June 29 2005 - 07:02 AM

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Bob Newhart Show

M*A*S*H

Cheers

Newhart

Seinfeld

King of the Hill

Coupling

The Office

The Simpsons

WKRP In Cincinnati

Yes Minister

Yes Prime Minister

The Royale Family

Arrested Development

Frazier

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#15 of 19 OFFLINE   LizH

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Posted July 01 2005 - 01:52 PM

Benson
The Golden Girls
I Dream of Jeannie
The Jeffersons


#16 of 19 OFFLINE   John Milton

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Posted July 02 2005 - 02:01 PM

1. Night Court
2. Everybody Loves Raymond
3. Mr. Bean

Everything else is far behind

#17 of 19 OFFLINE   Robyn

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Posted July 02 2005 - 07:34 PM

Classics I Love Lucy, Good Times, Laverne and Shirley, Soap, Benson, Are You Being Served?

Recent Frazier, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Night Court, News Radio, Mama's Family, The Critic, The Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted, Chef!, Roseanne

Current Wil and Grace, King of Queens, The George Lopez Show
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#18 of 19 OFFLINE   Kristian

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Posted July 03 2005 - 01:14 PM

Classic:

The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart, Taxi, Happy Days, Cheers, WKRP in Cincinnati, Three's Company, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Get Smart, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford & Son, Batman (Adam West), Family Ties


Recent:

Seinfeld, Futurama, Frasier, Home Improvement, Everybody Loves Raymond, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Wings


Current:

The Simpsons
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#19 of 19 OFFLINE   Jonathan_Clarke

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Posted November 01 2005 - 01:25 PM

sticking to one each:

Classic: the Phil Silvers Show

Recent: NewsRadio

Current: Arrested Development
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