Top 40 Sitcoms





Top 40 Sitcoms

Part 3

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]

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



Dick Loudon and wife Joanna relocate from New York City to a small town in Vermont, where they run the historic Stafford Inn. They’re surrounded by a town full of oddballs and colorful characters, whom Loudon deals with in various states of bemusement.

The Bob Newhart Show


Not to be confused with Newhart’s eponymous 1961 variety show, “The Bob Newhart Show” finds the comic playing Bob Hartley, a Chicago psychologist living with wife Emily in a highrise. Bob is forced to deal with crazy patients, his wife and their friends.

Will and Grace


In the original eight-season run of this groundbreaking sitcom, best friends Will, a meticulous corporate lawyer, and Grace, a neurotic interior decorator, share a New York apartment after Grace leaves her fiancé at the altar. Will and Grace, along with their pals Karen, an outspoken socialite, and Jack, a free-spirited actor, face the highs and lows of life in Manhattan together. From sex, dating and divorce to cutting cultural commentary, nothing’s off limits — and all is fair game — in this Emmy-winning comedy.

Arrested  Development


Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, George Bluth Sr., is sent to prison for committing white-collar crime. He tries to juggle the wants and needs of his spoiled and eccentric family while being a good role model for his teenage son, George Michael.



Four single friends — comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer — deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City.

Happy Days


Set in 1950s and 1960s Milwaukee, this series tells the story of the Cunningham family — father Howard, mother Marion, son Richie and daughter Joanie. Howard owns a hardware store, while Marion stays at home. Richie’s best friends are Potsie and Ralph. Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli is the local bad boy, riding a motorcycle and filling his days with fixing cars and dating girls. During the show’s run, Richie leaves home to join the U.S. Army.

Mork and Mindy


Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on a mission to Earth to study human behavior, travels to 1970s Boulder, Colo., where he meets up with Mindy, a young journalism graduate, after his egg-shaped spacecraft lands there. The bumbling alien is trying to get a handle on Earth culture, and his frequent dispatches back to his home planet give him the opportunity to sound off on human foibles. This spinoff of “Happy Days” features Robin Williams as Mork in an early starring role for the comic actor. As Mork would say, “Na-nu, na-nu!”



Sam Malone, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cosy bar in Boston. Somewhat snobby, beautiful and intelligent Diane Chambers – forced to become a waitress when her fiance jilts her – constantly bickers with Sam. Eventually, they fall in love. Several wacky characters make the bar their home-away-from-home, including sarcastic waitress Carla, beer-loving accountant Norm and know-it-all letter carrier Cliff. A few seasons later, after Diane leaves Boston, Sam sells the bar to buy a boat and sail around the world. But his boat sinks and he returns to bartending. Rebecca Howe, the new (more ambitious) manager, hires him back. They love to hate each other and eventually get together as well.

Absolutely Fabulous


A show brilliant in its uncensored bad behaviour and satirical humour, this programme features Edina and Patsy, two hard-drinking, drug-taking, completely and outrageously selfish middle-aged women. Their cruel humour focuses on the hypocrisy of today’s society, much to the chagrin of Edina’s more moral and conservative daughter, Saffron.

Fawlty Towers


Basil Fawlty is an inept and slightly out-of-his-head English hotel manager, who is tortured by `that annoying section of the general public who insist on staying at hotels’. Fawlty is constantly berated by his wife, and his efforts are continually hampered by their Spanish waiter, Manuel.



Richard Richard and Edward Elizabeth Hitler, two men with no hope of fitting in with society.

So that’s part 3 – who do you think is in our last part [4] tomorrow and who do you think is in the Top 3 of the final countdown?

2 thoughts on “Top 40 Sitcoms

    1. Ah there we go then Mel.

      FT was excellent for its time, but its actual rerun value is quite low these days even in the UK. You see this wasn’t specifically designed purely by popularity votes but also by the content for the time and how well it was received. In truth, the top ten are a top ten, but might not even be the true top ten. The shows displayed already had some truly excellent laughs to them, all of them 🙂

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