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Your top 5 favourite American sitcoms of all time?

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Simpsons

South Park

Seinfeld

Curb your enthusiasm

Arrested development

 

I bet I've forgotten something obvious though

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Trailer Park boys is Canadian so doesn't count, but if it did I think it would be fighting it out for 3rd place with Seinfeld.

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Humour is a very culture-centric concept, so there are likely to be very different lists based on where people are from. That said, mine would be:

 

1. Arrested Development

2. Seinfeld

3. Always Sunny

4. 30 Rock

5. Community

 

The trouble with sitcoms is that they get very formulaic after a while and it's very hard to sustain quality. AD & Seinfeld were unique that they both did it over their whole runs. Actually IASIP doesn't dip much either, but for me the episodes are hit-or-miss. Some are absolutely hilarious while others I find crass and tasteless. It gets as high a rating as it does because when it's funny, it's up there with the best.

 

Beyond those three the quality drops a lot, for me. There are a bunch of funny-ish shows that are a good way to waste 25 minutes of your life, but nothing amazing.

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Friends

King of Queens

South Park

The Simpsons

 

i cant think of anymore, and if im honest, do the cartoons even count? 

 

Actually, yeah, The wonder years, i loved that as a kid, great show. 

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1 The Wonder Years

2 Happy Days (but it went on past its use by date)

3 The Simpsons

4 The Good Guys (Bradley Whitford, great actor and sound politically)

5 The Flintstones

 

Not a big fan of American humour. Seinfeld and Friends leave me cold, but each to their own.

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Seinfeld

The Larry Sanders Show

South Park

The Simpsons

Family Guy

 

Most live action US sitcoms are written by committee, and end up incredibly formulaic. The rhythm of the set up lines and the pithy comebacks makes me want to vomit.

 

For some strange reason, I never really got into Curb Your Enthusiasm. Should really give it another go. 

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Love The Simpsons, Family guy, American dad, South park.

 

Cant watch past season 9 of The Simpsons though.


Same with most American shows. They get worn out. MASH, Married with children, 3rd rock from the sun.  I like them but its usually the earlier stuff.

 

 

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The Simpsons and Friends were such a huge part of my cultural upbringing that I can't overlook them. Clearly they're not the greatest but they are amongst my favourites. In no particular order:

 

1. The Simpsons

2. Friends

3. Parks and Rec

4. Always Sunny

5. Community

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36 minutes ago, Red_or_Dead said:

Seinfeld

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Larry Sanders Show

Sledgehammer

The Simpsons (pre 2000)

 

 

 

 

Sledgehammer rep, I'd completely forgotten about that. Police Squad deserves a mention too.

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Five?

 

In no order.

Soap.

Cheers.

MASH.

Frasier.

Scrubs.

The Good Place.

Malcolm in the Middle.

Reno 911.

Police Squad.

Modern Family. 

Brooklyn 99.

My Name is Earl.

Thirty Rock.

Third Rock from the Sun.

Curb Your Enthusiasm. 

Veep.

Parks & Recreation. 

Modern Family.

Loads of animated ones.

Loads more that aren't leaping to mind right now.

 

 

Is that five?

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3 hours ago, chrisbonnie said:

Friends

King of Queens

South Park

The Simpsons

 

i cant think of anymore, and if im honest, do the cartoons even count? 

 

Actually, yeah, The wonder years, i loved that as a kid, great show. 

The cartoons are animated sitcoms, so they count in my book.

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15 minutes ago, AngryofTuebrook said:

Five?

 

In no order.

Soap.

Cheers.

MASH.

Frasier.

Scrubs.

The Good Place.

Malcolm in the Middle.

Reno 911.

Police Squad.

Modern Family. 

Brooklyn 99.

My Name is Earl.

Thirty Rock.

Third Rock from the Sun.

Curb Your Enthusiasm. 

Veep.

Parks & Recreation. 

Modern Family.

Loads of animated ones.

Loads more that aren't leaping to mind right now.

 

 

Is that five?

 

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I divided mine in two groups because it's basically different genres.

 

Multi camera - (studio audience or canned laughter)

 

Seinfeld

Friends (only S1-S4)

Frasier

It's Like You Know

Will & Grace

 

Single camera - no laughter

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Veep

Modern Family

Arrested Development

The Good Place

 

What about "dramedies", like Louie, Entourage, Maron, do they count?

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1 minute ago, SasaS said:

I divided mine in two groups because it's basically different genres.

 

Multi camera - (studio audience or canned laughter)

 

Seinfeld

Friends (only S1-S4)

Frasier

It's Like You Know

Will & Grace

 

Single camera - no laughter

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Veep

Modern Family

Arrested Development

The Good Place

 

What about "dramedies", like Louie, Entourage, Maron, do they count?

Never seen any of those “dramedies”. I’ll say no, though, mostly because I’m feeling pretty cuntish today.

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