My favourite sitcoms

  • 1: Frasier (it's been my favourite show for a couple of years now. It's sheer genius and one of the most intelligent and sophisticated sitcoms I've ever seen.)
  • 2: Cheers (this is the show that "Frasier" was spun off from. I've been a fan for a couple of years. It holds the distinction of introducing the fantastic character of Dr. Frasier Crane to television. Whilst Frasier is my favourite character, I love the many other characters that have been seen on this show, such as Norm, Cliff, Sam, Carla, Rebecca, Woody, etc...)
  • 3: Taxi (this show first caught my attention when I learned that Christopher Lloyd, who I'd loved as Doc Brown in the "Back to the Future" trilogy, was a regular on the show from the second season onwards. I simply had to see it after that. I viewed my first episode in December 2004 and own the first three of the five seasons on DVD. It's a marvellous show, my favourite characters being Jim, Louie and Alex.)
  • 4: Arrested Development (a very different type of sitcom about the wealthy Bluth family. Narrated by Ron Howard of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Happy Days" fame, it follows the antics of the members of the Bluth family. Many interesting characters and equally interesting situations.)
  • 5: Fawlty Towers (only twelve episodes, but what a twelve they were!)
  • 6: Only Fools and Horses (an excellent British sitcom, and one of the longest-running ones.)
  • 7: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (very much a slapstick comedy, very funny - it's always nice to see the hapless Frank get into some scrape.)
  • 8: Malcolm in the Middle (quirky family, quite offbeat, funny and entertaining. I haven't seen as much of this show as I'd like to.)
  • 9: Roseanne (I've nearly finished viewing all of season two - the only season I've seen. I'm getting into this show more and more; I think Roseanne is a wonderful character. The whole family is good really, particularly the charactes of Aunt Jackie and Roseanne's husband Dan.)
  • 10: Friends (whenever I'm feeling a little depressed, Friends makes me feel slightly better for a while. It's nice, relaxing, safe and comforting and funny.)
  • 11: My Family (it's funny to watch horrible things happen to Ben Harper and see him complaining about them. I think it's one of the best current British sitcoms.)
  • 12: Family Ties (I haven't seen a great deal of this, but what I've seen I've really liked. A funny sitcom that also manages to be touching and emotional. Michael J. Fox is particularly good as Alex P. Keaton.)
  • 13: My Name Is Earl (a new sitcom which I'm really enjoying. Earl and Randy are loveable in their own way and Joy is a great character.)
  • 14: Three's Company (again, not a sitcom that I've seen too much of, but I really enjoyed the episodes I have seen. I particularly like Jack Tripper and Ralph Furley.)
  • 15: Bewitched ("Elizabeth Bewitched!" - funny, harmless little sitcom, interesting plots and interesting characters. I used to love watching the re-runs on Channel 4
  • 16: The Andy Griffith Show ( as with TC, I've only managed to catch episodes of this show in America. I find it funny and sweet, and it depicts life in a small town in America well. Barney Fife is a good character, as is Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, and Ron Howard is a very cute little Opie Taylor.)

Ah, an excellent list! I of course agree with your number one, but I like or love almost all of these. It's good to see another Arrested Development fan, too - there seem to be millions of us, yet where's our show?! :)

Do you have the Malcolm In The Middle season 1 DVD? If you don't there's some good episodes on there; and if you're looking to see more, it's on 5:30-6:30pm on Sky weekdays. (I expect you know that anyway though! :))

Your saying "there seem to be millions of us" reminded me of Tobias saying, "There are dozens of us!"

I do have MITM Season 1. Unfortunately, I don't have cable, so can't access channels like Sky or Paramount Comedy Channel. It doesn't look as though any more DVDs of MITM are going to be released any time soon, either. I think it's something to do with the music rights holding it up.

I hope you two know that these UK-centric conversations are verboten on Listology. Everything must be put in terms that we Americans understand.

I'm totally sorry, dude! ;)

That's better. :-)

Ah, okay. Looks like you're stuck with BBC's occasional airings then! Yes, I heard that about MITM too, I hope they get it worked out eventually.

Ever seen "Curb Your Enthusiasm"?

I haven't seen CYE, although I've heard nothing but good things about it. I did see a clip of one of the episodes on the Channel 4 programme "The Ultimate Sitcom" back in January. It was a clip from...I think the episode was called "Beloved Aunt", and it was funny, because the obituary said something a little different...

It sounds like it's a good show, but I've never seen an episode. I do think we have access to a channel that airs it, though, so I'll try to watch it sometime.