Top 40 Sitcoms
This one was really tough to compile, tougher because we had close to 80 suggestions. We all love to smile and we all love to laugh more and every single one had quite a few votes. I ask my readership here, l add my own votes, l ask Suze and add hers in and l ask my neighbours and email some of my friends and then l add a wash in – the latter being – check the Internet for the top of the genre. So l have decided to stretch the Top 30 slightly.
We have a rich selection on show here, and so l have decided to submit 40 of the very best for your viewing leisure and stretch it over 4 days.
However first, my thanks to the following blogs for their thoughts and contributions … [please note, your blog will be tagged every day l run this 4 day post … if you wish to be extracted from this list, please do drop me a comment]
Everybody Loves Raymond
Ray Barone is a successful sports writer and family man who deals with a brother and parents — who happen to live across the street. Mom Marie loves to meddle in his life, while older brother Robert sometimes resents his success, and Dad Frank just makes comments and raids the fridge. Nevertheless, Ray manages to keep a bright outlook and a sense of humor, leaving the hard issues to his more-practical wife, Debra.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith more or less plays himself in this good-natured NBC sitcom. As the show’s popular theme song explains, fictional Will’s mom sends him away from his rough Philadelphia neighborhood to live with wealthy Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian in Bel-Air. Will often has fun at the expense of stuck-up cousins Carlton and Hilary.
Malcolm in the Middle
The Cleavers they ain’t. Mom is a screaming control freak, Dad is a goofy human hairball, oldest son Francis escaped the family at a young age, Reese is just criminal, Dewey is a space cadet and young Jamie is the scapegoat. The middle kid, Malcolm (who delivers the narrative for the capers of this whacked-out clan) is a brainiac who doesn’t want to be burdened by his genius.
Gimme a Break
Nell Harper is the no-nonsense housekeeper and surrogate mother for police chief Carl Kanisky’s children: Samantha, Julie and Katie. The Kanisky daughters need all the help they can get after their mother dies – because Carl isn’t exactly in touch with his feminine side.
Welcome Back, Kotter
Gabe Kotter returns to his old high school — this time as a teacher. He’s put in charge of a class full of unruly remedial students called the Sweathogs. They’re a bunch of wisecracking, underachieving and incorrigible students, and it takes all of Mr. Kotter’s humor — and experience as a former Sweathog himself — to deal with his class.
Struck by Lightning
Struck by Lightning is an American television sitcom about Frankenstein’s monster, which aired on CBS from September 19 until October 3, 1979. This show was canceled after three episodes were aired in the United States, although all completed episodes did end up being shown in the UK on ITV in 1980.
The Good Place
When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.
`Porridge’ is a sitcom about the inmates of HM Prison Slade, where habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher finds himself engaged in all manner of scrapes with the warders and his fellow prisoners while serving a five-year term for burglary.
Saved by the Bell
Lovable schemer Zack Morris leads his pals on adventures at California’s Bayside High School. The friends navigate relationships, final exams, school dances, breakups and more while frequently frustrating their principal, Mr. Richard Belding, who does his best to keep them in check. The Bayside gang is rounded out by cheerleader Kelly, jock Slater, feminist Jessie, fashion expert Lisa and nerd Screech, and although the teens’ jealousy and rivalry sometimes get the best of them, at the end of the day, their friendship overcomes all.
Keeping Up Appearances
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, if you please) lives to impress. And she has no patience for people who pretend to be superior — because that makes it “so much harder for those of us who really are.” Assured of her own eminence, she spends her days trying to make sure everyone else is, too. Her down-market sisters, Rose and Daisy, are a challenge, but she’s always willing to talk about her rich sister Violet. Violet’s eccentric, cross-dressing husband, not so much.
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