Comedy TV shows play an important role in improving the quality of our lives. Such shows work like medications that relieve our mind of stress and intruding thoughts. When it comes to making one laugh, nothing beats a situation comedy or a sitcom.

Wondering which are the top sitcoms that you shouldn’t miss? Here’s a list of the top 10 must-watch comedy genres TV shows.

1. Two and a half men

This American sitcom, which ran on CBS, is popular among the viewers for both its storyline and run time. It aired for 12 seasons between September 2003 and February 2015 and grabbed the attention of its viewers in every season.

They remember this hedonistic jingle writer-centred show for the acting of Angus T. Jones, Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and others.

2. The Office

As a mockumentary sitcom, The Office is probably one of the most highly-rated weekly shows across the world. Originally written and aired in the United Kingdom, it also emerged in the form of adaptations in several other countries, including the United States. The British version – the original one – ran between 2001 and 2003 wherein viewers could see 14 episodes. Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais were its prominent stars.

The US-version of “The Office” ran from 2005 to 2013 featuring 201 episodes. It became the most streamed show on Netflix with millions of viewerships to its credit.

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3. Friends

An American sitcom that lasted till ten seasons from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2006, “Friends” remained under the spotlight for close to 12 years. Its star-studded cast involves big names such as David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston.

It is a story of 6 friends in their early 20s residing in New York City. Due to its excellent and captivating storyline, the popular television show was critically acclaimed by the majority of its viewers.

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4. Modern Family

A mockumentary sitcom by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Modern Family is featured on the television sets from September 2009 to April 2020. Its storyline is centred on suburban Los Angeles.

Its star cast consists of a long list of popular stars. Prominent among them are Sarah Hyland, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyle Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, and others. It has been a firm favorite among its viewers in all the seasons. However, it was the most impressive in the final two seasons.

5. South Park

Matt Stone and Trey Parker collaborated to create this sitcom animated American comedy and named it as “South Park”. It is a story of four boys – Kenny McCormick, Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, and Stan Marsh. In the show, these guys are the residents of Colorado town and the entire show revolves around topics concerning them.

The show debuted on August 13, 1996, after which viewers could see its 308 episodes in 23 seasons. It had been popular since the time of its debut and kept its viewers engaged until the end.

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6. The Big Bang Theory

Creation of Bill Prady and Chuck Lore, The Big Bang Theory ran on the television sets from September 24, 2006 to May 26, 2019.

All the 206 episodes of this show were filmed in front of a live audience. Apart from the second and third seasons, all the other seasons of this show got mixed reviews from the audience. Still, it could find its place in one of the top television shows of its time.

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7. Family Guy

An animated sitcom that made its debut on American Television on January 31, 1999, “Family Guy” is a story created by MacFarlane. Its theme revolves around the story of the main characters of Griffin’s family. These include Lois, Peter, their kids, and their pet dog, Brian. Its context is based on Quahog, a city in Rhode Island.>

Despite the cancellation of the show days after the start of its third season in 2002, its fourth season aired in May 2005 because of the rise in the demand for the CD. Viewers have praised both its storyline and the acting of the characters.

8. Rick and Morty

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland joined hands to create Rick and Morty for Cartoon Network. It is essentially a combination of science fiction and animate sitcom wherein adult animation has been used to a good effect.

Critics have appreciated this popular American TV show for its vital elements such as humor, creativity, and originality. Until its fourth season, which ended on November 10, 2019, it had been a firm favorite among its target audience. Its fifth season has already begun in 2020 and its viewers expect the show to live up to their expectations.

9. How I Met Your Mother

“How I Met Your Mother” is one of the well-known CBS shows that came under the limelight – thanks to Pamela Fryman’s direction. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas worked together to create and present it in its magnificent form. The star cast of the show features big names such as Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, and others.

The show revolves around Ted Mosby and his friends. Its creators have set up its storyline in Manhattan, New York. Along with its dramatic elements, the show also hit the popularity charts of American TV shows due to its humor, and unique structure.

10. The Simpsons

The Simpsons shows American life in a satirical way through the Simpson family and its members. Matt Groening created this animated sitcom under a contract with the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Set in Springfield, a fictional town, it parodies various elements that are typical of the United States. These include the country’s human condition, society, and culture. The primary characters of the family include Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Bart.

It boasts the credit of being the longest-running sitcom on American Television with 687 episodes. The thirty-first season of the popular show that began on September 29, 2019, ended on a high note on May 17, 2020. As such, viewers expect more from its thirty-second season.

So, there you go – these are the top ten popular American comedy shows that have not only entertained the audience but also elevated the standard of American TV shows. Anyone who is fond of comedies or sitcoms, and has not watched these shows, should watch them at least once.

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