Top 40 Sitcoms

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Top 40 Sitcoms

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Robyn of The Robyn Bird Nest

Mel of Crushed Caramel

Suze of Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood

Paula of Light Motifs II

Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

Li of Tao Talk

Julie de Rohan

Fandango of This, That and The Other

Lady D of 3C Style

Sadje of Keep it Alive

Melanie of Sparksfromacombustiblemind

Roseanne

30

Explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the working-class Conner household, which is located in the drab, fictional exurb of Langford, Ill. With the inimitable Roseanne Barr at its epicenter as the family’s matriarch, the series tackles current issues with fresh stories and even more laughs. Roseanne is joined by her husband, Dan, and their children, D.J., Darlene and Becky. Roseanne’s warm, but neurotic, sister Jackie rounds out the core of the family.

Taxi

29

This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York. The employees of the Sunshine Cab Company are a motley crew, including frustrated actor Bobby, struggling boxer Tony, art gallery receptionist Elaine, and tyranical dispatcher Louie. For almost everyone, the cab company is just a temporary job that can be left behind when they make it in their chosen professions. The core of the company is disillusioned Alex (Judd Hirsch), who’s sure he will be driving a cab for the rest of his life. Burned-out ex-hippie minister Reverend Jim and mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) round out the group.

30 Rock

28

Based more-than-loosely on backstage shenanigans at `Saturday Night Live’, `30 Rock’ centres on young Liz Lemon, currently head writer for a live sketch-comedy show in New York. Complications follow when the network’s new president orders Liz to hire mentally unstable movie star Tracy Jordan to join the cast, throwing neurotic leading lady (and Liz’s best friend) Jenna Maroney into a tizzy. Liz tries to juggle all the egos around her while trying to chase her own dream.

The IT Crowd

27

Companies rely on their IT departments to keep things running, and Reynholm Industries is no different. Relegated to the basement of its shining London office tower, the IT group, technicians Moss and Roy and department head Jen, does its best to keep things running with a minimum of effort and social contact. Work is a special challenge for Jen, for although her CV indicated a great deal of familiarity with computers, in reality, she doesn’t have a clue.

The Simpsons

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This long-running animated comedy focuses on the eponymous family in the town of Springfield in an unnamed U.S. state. The head of the Simpson family, Homer, is not a typical family man. A nuclear-plant employee, he does his best to lead his family but often finds that they are leading him. The family includes loving, blue-haired matriarch Marge, troublemaking son Bart, overachieving daughter Lisa and baby Maggie. Other Springfield residents include the family’s religious neighbour, Ned Flanders, family physician Dr Hibbert, Moe the bartender and police chief Clancy Wiggum.

Mary Tyler Moore

25

Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a single woman working as a local news producer …

I Love Lucy

24

Lucy Ricardo is the wacky wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Living in New York, Ricky tries to succeed in show business while Lucy — always trying to help — usually manages to get in some kind of trouble that drives Ricky crazy. Their best friends are Fred and Ethel Mertz, who are also their landlords. Usually, Ethel becomes Lucy’s less-than-willing partner in crime. Ricky and Lucy welcomed little Ricky in 1953, whose birth was a national TV event. Later in the show’s run, the Ricardos (and the Mertzes) moved to Hollywood, where Ricky tried to become a movie star.

Are You Being Served

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This comedy series, which follows the exploits of employees at London’s Grace Brothers department store, is full of sexual innuendo, slapstick, visual gags and double entendres. Much of the show’s humor parodies Britain’s class system, with the characters rarely calling their co-workers by their given names. Many of the show’s characters are based on stereotypes, including the effeminate Mr. Humphries and the rich-but-stingy store owner.

Doogie Howser, M.D

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Long before Neil Patrick Harris portrayed the skirt-chasing Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother,” he was a favorite of TV audiences as medical prodigy Dr. Douglas “Doogie” Howser in this 1989-’93 comedy-drama. Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, the series follows Doogie’s daily trials and travails at work, the problems that come along with the notoriety as the country’s youngest surgeon, and his personal life as a regular teenager who just wants to borrow his dad’s car to take his girlfriend out on a date. When he’s not tackling social issues of the day or butting heads with his stern but wise father, Dr. David Howser (James B. Sikking), Doogie pals around with window-entering best bud Vinnie Delpino (Max Casella) and always finds time to post select tidbits of wisdom into his computer journal.

Home Improvement

21

Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, host of the home-improvement show “Tool Time,” definitely is not as handy at home as he is on screen. He and his wife, Jill, raise three boys who are racing toward adulthood. The Taylor family often relies on next-door neighbor Wilson, who provides unconventional wisdom and perspective to the Taylors’ personal and familial crises.

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