Favorite Sitcoms of All Time

It was a close race, but Seinfeld edged out The Honeymooners for the coveted label of "America's All-Time Favorite TV Sitcom." The poll was conducted by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, so take the results with a grain of salt -- after all, the longrunning news program and the contemporary American magazine aren't exactly experts in comedy. Still, as many polls do, it sparks discussion, which is a good thing.

As much as I love the ensemble shenanigans on Seinfeld, the greatest situation comedy on television has to be The Honeymooners.  If Jackie Gleason's show had lasted for a decade instead of only 39 episodes (not counting the sketches from Cavalcade of Stars and The Jackie Gleason Show), maybe it would have been less perfect, but hypothetical scenarios don't count -- we can only judge based on the episodes that were created, and the classic Honeymooners top anything else that ever aired.

I have other favorites, of course: Happy Days, The Cosby Show, I Love Lucy, The Jeffersons, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Friends, Cheers, and others.  Even some of my guilty pleasures like Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, Married with Children, Three's Company, and I Dream of Jeannie rank high on my list.

What's your favorite sitcom of all time?  There are plenty to choose -- The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Welcome Back Kotter, Family Ties, Diff'rent Strokes, Arrested Development, Good Times, Sanford and Son, What's Happenin'!, Modern Family. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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