10. The Bob Newhart Show
Truly one of the funniest shows of all-time, “The Bob Newhart Show” revolutionized how we all saw therapy forever. Newhart was bumbling, sometimes insightful, but always funny. As good as he was, his supporting cast was just as good.
9. All in the Family
Bigoted, verbally abusive…Archie Bunker is a perfect TV husband. Sure, he’s funny, but would you wanna live with that every day of the week? He’s pretty much like Frank Barone’s older, meaner brother. …And poor Rob Reiner.
8. The Andy Griffith Show
We all wish our local sheriff was like Andy Taylor of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Taylor was sweet, mild-mannered and extremely good with town folks. Plus, he could put up with Barney Fife, so he had superior patience.
7. The Jeffersons
“We’re movin’ on up…” The Jeffersons theme song was a perfect sampling of the show. Frenetic, at times even manic, but always a song about family and togetherness. Even though life’s struggle, you can always get by with the help of family. Someday, you might even make it to the east side. Although, if you live in Los Angeles, this may not be a good thing.
6. Everybody Loves Raymond
Poor Ray and Deb…they have to deal with the parents/in-laws from hell being right next door. They are constantly suffocating you and butting in on all your personal affairs. To make matters worse, they might even drive their car through your house.
5. The Honeymooners
Sure, there were sitcoms before it and obviously sitcoms after it, but “The Honeymooners” and Jackie Gleason brought the genre into the mainstream and turned it into the quintessential TV experience. Watching it now, the show looks really, really old, but the the time-tested traditions of the sitcom are present.
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The 1970’s were a time of change. Women flooded the workforce like never before and traditional gender roles were being questioned at every turn. Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) was the very embodiment of that movement. A working, single woman taking on the big city, Richards met every challenge with grit, determination, and hilarity.
M*A*S*H* was a wonderful and hilarious show, but it was set in a world of real-life horror. While this makes the show seem a bit depressing at times, it also shows that humor and happiness can permeate through even the most dire situations.
2. I Love Lucy
Big fans of Ricky Ricardo will love Club Babalu and all its extravagance. Just don’t be there on the same night as Lucy, and you’re going to get a heck of a show. Don’t tip well and you’ve got some serious ‘splaining to do.
- The Dick Van Dyke Show
Carl Reiner was the TV star, but it was Dick who was the true show stealer as part of the comedy writing team. For those of you under 50 or who never had Nick At Nite, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was absolutely hilarious and really stands the test of time.