10 MeTV shows make Rolling Stone list of 50 Best Sitcoms of All Time

Andy and Lucy made it — but which is higher?

Rolling Stone has ranked the 50 Best Sitcoms of All Time in its May 2021 issue. Well, in print. Online, the pop culture magazine expanded the list to a full 100. You can find the list here.

The rankings pull from all across television history, from the early 1950s to shows still airing. We’re going to focus on the Top 50, as 20% of that list is MeTV content, shows either currently on the schedule or shows we have aired in the past. Six of the top 11 are “MeTV shows.” We’ll take that, honestly.

Though, unsurprisingly, there is a recency bias. Of all the titles, 13 of them are began in the 2010s, nine of them began in the 2000s, and ten began in the 1990s (six are from the 1980s, eight are from the 1970s, while only two come from both the 1960s and 1950s). Six are animated. Two of them star Danny DeVito. Two of them are The Office.

Nothing gets a debate stirred quite like arbitrary rankings online. So let’s take a look.

First, here are the 10 series in the Top 50 that are either airing on MeTV or have aired on MeTV.

2. Cheers

4. I Love Lucy

6. M*A*S*H

7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

8. The Honeymooners

11. The Dick Van Dyke Show

14. The Andy Griffith Show

17. Taxi

26. The Bob Newhart Show

48. The Jeffersons

Now, let’s contextualize those. Here is the full Rolling Stone list of the 50 Best Sitcoms of All Time.

1. The Simpsons

2. Cheers

3. Seinfeld

4. I Love Lucy

5. All in the Family

6. M*A*S*H

7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

8. The Honeymooners

9. Parks and Recreation

10. The Larry Sanders Show

11. The Dick Van Dyke Show

12. Curb Your Enthusiasm

13. Frasier

14. The Andy Griffith Show

15. Arrested Development

16. The Cosby Show

17. Taxi

18. 30 Rock

19. Roseanne

20. BoJack Horseman

21. Fleabag

22. South Park

23. The Office (U.S.)

24. Community

25. Atlanta

26. The Bob Newhart Show

27. Louie

28. Malcolm in the Middle

29. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

30. The Office (U.K.)

31. Fawlty Towers

32. The Golden Girls

33. Better Things

34. SpongeBob SquarePants

35. Everybody Loves Raymond

36. Sex and the City

37. Bob’s Burgers

38. Friends

39. Black-ish

40. Review

41. King of the Hill

42. Brockmire

43. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

44. Veep

45. Broad City

46. The Good Place

47. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

48. The Jeffersons

49. Barney Miller

50. Newsradio

What is too low? What is too high? What is missing? Tell us what you think!

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