Comedy series have been a hit since time immemorial. Comedy provide people with a chance to laugh at the simple things life has to offer. Life can be hard and demanding and a laugh at the end of the day makes it look like all will be well. We are able to forget the hardships that life can be store upon someone even if it is for a short time only. It is for this reason that standup comedians are popular in our neighborhoods. They are present in our bars and social halls. This popularity has seen the industry grow and at the moment comedians grace our TV screens and are a constant feature in some of the block buster movies produced. Comedy series are the most popular and in this article I will rank the top 10 comedy series ever produced. Let the countdown begin.
10. The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show is an African America sitcom that was on air for 8 seasons since its first show was aired in 1984. It stars Bill Cosby who plays Cliff Huxtable. The film centers on the life and times of the Huxtable’s family and addresses main issues such as teen pregnancy, politics and the issue of race. It was voted as “TV’s Biggest Hit in the 1980’s” by TV guide. Its popularity was evident in its continued production for 8 full seasons. Bill Cosby is considered by many the father of comedy and all this attributes makes “The Cosby Show” is one of the top 10 comedy series ever produced.
This is one of my favorite. Shameless is in its sixth episode as we speak. It features William H. Macy who plays Frank Gallagher a single father of 6 who is forever absent and irresponsible. He spend most of his time in bars and the kids are left to fend for themselves. The eldest of the children Fiona, takes up the responsibility of her younger siblings and she is able to sustain the family despite the constant money problems. The film gets erotic in some scenes and this adds to its allure. IMDb rating 8.7/10.
8. How I Met Your Mother
How I met your mother is a romantic comedy series in which the main character Ted goes about in search of a lady to settle down with. It all starts when his best friend Marshal announces plans to marry his longtime girlfriend Lily. Ted realizes that time is running out and he too should find a suitable mate and settle down. He introduces us to a couple of women, building our hope that she is the mother to his kids but they all turn out not to be. The suspense to this film has made it really popular amongst its viewers. It therefore makes it as one of the best comedy series ever produced. Rating 8.4/10.
7. Modern Family
Modern family is family sitcom comedy that brings about a funny, hilarious and honest perspective to family life. The series revolves around Phil a real estate agent who is married to Claire a housewife. In its 7th season already, Modern Family is one of the most watched comedy series of all time. The characters are funny and its documentary setting makes it stand out from the crowd. Rating 8.5/10 – Watch this series on abc.go.com.
Created in 1989, Seinfeld is a classic sitcom produced by NBC. The series brings into focus the daily life occurrences of its main character Jerry Seinfeld. It has been nominated to numerous awards galas and it has won three Golden Globe Awards. It ran for nine straight seasons from 1989 to 1998. IMDb rating 8.9/10.
5. The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang theory stars four friends Leonard and Sheldon who are roommates, as well as Raj and Howard. They are scientist and they know a ton of shit about science, space and physics. However the simple things in life seems to really challenge them such as talking to girls and sports. The film is witty and challenging and its array of scientific jokes are funny as well. It is in its 9th season now and it does not seem to end any minute now. For this reason The Big Bang Theory features as one of the top 10 comedy series ever produced. IMDb rating 8.4/10.
4. The Simpsons
This animated comedy series focuses on the Simpsons Family. The Head of the family is Homer Simpson who works as an employee in a nuclear facility. He tries his best to lead his family but at times he fails miserably both as a father and a husband. Other stars of this animated film include his wife Marge, his son Bart, his daughter Lisa and baby Maggie. The Simpsons is the longest running American television series and it is currently airing on its 27th season. IMDb rating 8.8/10.
3. Arrested Development
In this comedy series the lead character Michael Bluth is forced to take responsibility of his entire family after his dad is sent to prison for white-collar crime. This is a hard task considering that he is a spoiled brat and his family members are worse of as well. He takes over the family real estate business and tries to make something out of it. Apart from managing the business, he also tries to meet the needs of his needy family who do not know how to work and get paid. This develops into a hilarious plot and viewers enjoy watching these previously rich people suffer. IMDb rating 9/10.
2. Family Guy
This film is not only sick and twisted but it is politically incorrect as well. Family Guy features the life tribulations of the Griffin family. The main character is a guy called Peter and he is married to a stay-at-home wife by the name Meg. Together they have three kids Meg, Chris and Stewie. Family guy is one of America’s favorite sitcom and it is therefore one of the top 10 comedy series ever produced. IMDb rating 8.3/10.
I think we have all watched “Friends” and fell in love with it from the first episode that aired. Three men and three women live together in an apartment in New York and together they try and tackle the challenges that life throws at them. Relationships develop in this setting and some are broken as a result. All this is achieved in a hilarious and chilling manner. Friends is therefore the best comedy series ever produced. IMDb rating 9/10.