There are so many, just so many Television shows out every year, that it really has become really hard to keep track and watch the good ones. Fear not, for the list of sitcoms to watch before you die, is here to the rescue!
These every day shows with laugh tracks and sub-standard jokes are popular, yes, but are they really any good? No, they aren’t. Some sitcoms are merely sinful indulgences of their audiences, like The Big Bang Theory, a show so dependent on laugh tracks, that literal pauses are inserted between punchlines to notify the audience that they are supposed to laugh along. Our list of sitcoms to watch before you die do not cater to an audience with dead brain cells because these shows are masterpieces.
Leave behind those Friends cults of feelings and nauseating mush-fests, and Two And a Half Men days of nostalgia when Charlie Sheen’s self-aware debauchery added that something special to the sitcom. Social Ketchup brings you some of the best, highly rated, critically acclaimed, revolutionary and successful list of sitcoms to watch before you die.
If you watch every show on this list, it has been said that your brain expands three sizes and you automatically get promoted to the most intellectual person title in your family, your workplace and among your friends. Now without further ado, let me back my words up with proof.
“The series follows an ensemble cast at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado. It makes heavy use of meta-humour and pop culture references, often parodying film and television clichés and tropes. Since its final episode, Community has appeared on a number of lists determining the greatest television shows of all-time.”
Created by Dan Harmon, Community is one of television’s seriously underappreciated works that has managed to achieve a cult following among the youth who possess a liking for shows that are not dependent on laugh tracks.
This show is one of my personal favourites and I rate it extremely highly on the list of sitcoms to watch before you die list, as you can see!
Alright honestly I'm disgusted @Netflix_CA took Community off. The first 3 seasons of said show is top 5 TV content of all time and you shovel disrespect all over it by removing it. pic.twitter.com/P2RXshAUZl
— #1 Rey Mysterio Fan (@ktait14) January 17, 2018
Ah, hello familiar emptiness that I feel whenever I finish a TV show with lovable characters…goodbye Community, it's been real.
— Pranav (@brownboymobn) January 7, 2018
“The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family. After its debut in 2003, the series received widespread critical acclaim, six Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Golden Globe Award, and has attracted a cult following, including several fan-based websites.”
Another criminally underrated show, Arrested Development truly is not for everyone. But if you understand and love this show, we can be really good friends and I guarantee that.
This tweet sounds like the narrator from Arrested Development https://t.co/VIIdytMOHR
— Yaaseen Barnes (@Ya_a_seen_Him) January 18, 2018
I’m an episode and a half into Arrested Development and I love it already
— Austin Fletcher (@ssbmHorde) January 17, 2018
An adaptation of a UK based series of the same name, The Office depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It’s cast includes the hilarious Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B. J. Novak as the main cast.
The recipient of numerous awards including four Primetime Emmy Awards, the show ran for 9 seasons and continues to captivate its loyal fan base to this day.
The Office is a genius show
— Nick Kershner (@OpTicMaNiaC) January 17, 2018
The office is the best show of all time.
— Lenny Schwartz (@lennyschwartz_) January 18, 2018
Let me begin this description by saying, Phil Dunphy is God. Phil Dunphy is my God. If you were ever granted three wishes by a Genie, it would take three simultaneous wishes of self-confidence for you to come close to Phil Dunphy and his greatness.
On a side note, Modern Family is about three different, but related families and the eccentric day-to-day lives of the characters featuring, a homosexual couple with an adopted Vietnamese daughter, a sixty year old rich Caucasian man, married to a ridiculously hot 30 something Latina with a fastidious son, and lastly, Phil Dunphy and his family comprising of him, his wife, and three children of varying degrees of intellectual capacities.
— Shelly Clark (@ShellytheClark) January 18, 2018
The story of a dysfunctional family, as many are in comedy, Shameless is pivoted around William. H. Macy’s Frank Gallagher, a drunk father-of-six who owing to his addictions, is unable to raise his vast brood of offsprings.
Shameless covers the Gallagher family, it’s inebriated patriarch and the six children and their uphill task of growing up, and sustaining themselves at the same time, often with funny and lovable results.
Shameless was the greatest show of all time
— Benny (@Beno_ldn) January 16, 2018
shameless is my favorite show of all time. out of all the characters & developing personalities throughout the series MY FAVORITE CHARACTER by far is Thug Carl. ??
— ? (@lijahbearz) January 18, 2018
Considered to be the most influential and one of the greatest TV shows to ever be created, Seinfeld has played a huge role when it comes to making Jerry Seinfeld, the richest celebrity in the world! Yeah, RICHEST.
Inspiring, and being emulated by many standup comedians and actors over the years, not only was Seinfeld’s format mimicked repeatedly, and has been named as the second best-written TV series of all time! Its reruns continue to be hugely popular all over the world, to this very day.
seinfeld was the best thing to happen to american pop culture
— obj (@obaileyj) January 18, 2018
SEINFELD IS BETTER THAN FRIENDS AND IM NOT AFRAID TO SAY IT
— tejhler? (@tejhler) January 17, 2018
Oh, this description is going to be SO biased because I am a HUGE Dave Chappelle fan, and let me just tell you one thing, even if you devour the entire three seasons of this show in a week, you will still be craving more Dave Chappelle because the man is truly that good.
Sadly enough for all of us, Dave Chappelle, discontent with the direction the show was taking, quit, midway into the third season and you will have to satisfy your need for more Dave Chappelle by watching all of his Netflix Specials, which by the way, he was paid, $20 million dollars for. FOR EACH SPECIAL. Yeah, he is that good.
Every episode of Chappelle’s Show features comedy sketches which needless to say, in Dave Chappelle’s trademark controversial yet HILARIOUS style, are pop-a-lung-while-laughing funny.
Watching The Chappelle’s show and currently in tears.
— Cam (@TransitionTatum) January 18, 2018
Smh I miss when Chappelle's show was on Netflix
— ri (@sariri__) January 13, 2018
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Will Smith’s propeller into mainstream recognition across America, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air continues to be strong crowd favourite all over the world.
Transitioning Will Smith from a rapper, to what we recognize him as today, an actor, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is a classic television show with an average rating of 7.9 on IMDb and is renowned for it’s clean, yet funny content.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is timeless
— G!ambit (@SmylyThe3rd) January 11, 2018
If there is ONE thing I can guarantee while living on this confusing planet it’s that I love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air more than anyone who has ever lived. I bid you all adieu
— Dena Vaughn (@debavaughn) January 18, 2018
Another one of my very highly recommended personal favourites, Silicon Valley parodies, satirizes and ridicules the culture and life of professionals in and around the California based tech capital of America and possibly the world.
Silicon Valley revolves around the reclusive Richard Hendricks, who, while working at a multibillion-dollar tech firm in a menial position, is also attempting to float his own startup compression company. The hilarity that ensues, cannot be described in the character limit I have here.
finally watching season 4 of silicon valley. the constant cycle of false hope and inevitable disappointment that drives this show is the most relatable thing on tv to me.
— Mike Samonek (@mikesamonek) January 7, 2018
If you like him, you should get HBO so you can watch Silicon Valley. It’s the funniest tv show this century
— Andy Mallette (@ChokingRavens) January 6, 2018
Well what do I say about this one. I’m sure you know about The Simpsons, because literally everyone on the planet with access to a television has at least seen or heard about the show. The Simpsons is an automatic inclusion in our list of sitcoms to watch before you die and here is your reason to start watching right now!
And here’s more. This show, is literally older than I am and no one, not one show has had the good fortune or the content to knock The Simpsons off it’s perch. Featuring the lovable yet hilarious exploits of the dysfunctional family comprising of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie Simpson.
Because today is the anniversary of The Simpsons, I will talk about how much I love The Simpsons.
— Tronotoe the Loser (@Tronotoe) January 15, 2018
You know what I love about The Simpsons? Everything.
— Andrew ? (@andtgav) January 17, 2018
Created by one of the funniest women on Television, 30 Rock was the brainchild of Tina Fey who also plays the show’s unfortunate lead character Liz Lemon. Birthed out of Tina Fey’s experience as the head writer for Saturday Night Live, it is based around the life of the production crew behind the fictional show, The Girlie Show with Tracy Jordan.
The supporting cast includes acting powerhouse Alec Baldwin, funnyman Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and more. Throughout it’s seven season long run, 30 Rock maintained high ratings and low viewership which may have contributed to it’s eventual demise.
Maaaan I love rewatching old sitcoms. I’m very forgetful so I still laugh at all the jokes. Last one was 30 Rock. Next up, Arrested Development.
— Wok Dis Way (@wokalpajaro) January 18, 2018
I just want to meet someone that loves 30 Rock as much as I do.
— CollQUEEN (@co_jazz) January 18, 2018
Everybody Loves Raymond
One of the shows on our list to have been discontinued, Everyody Loves Raymond, it is centered obviously around the lead character Raymond, who is also at the centre of every fight in his family.
Famous for it’s dry wit and sarcasm, the show was and is so popular that it continues to be re-broadcast and remade in countries all over the world more than a decade after it went off air. Everybody Loves Raymond has been the winner of 15 Primetime Emmy Awards during it’s run.
Everybody Loves Raymond is literally my family and life.
I connect with it on the most deepest of levels.
— Mark (@Markish_Gambino) January 18, 2018
Y’all wana know an underrated TV series? Everybody Loves Raymond.
— Your_#?_follower (@craft_steven) January 17, 2018
One of the most infamous TV show, South Park alongide The Simpsons, is one of the longest running, most critically acclaimed sitcoms to still be around. It holds an 8.7 average rating on IMDb, and an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show revolves around four young boys in a Colorado town, and their adventures make up for various guest voice appearances and episodes for the show. South Park boasts of an unfiltered profanity laced satirical take on many issues of the real world and more.
South park is an actual religion
— Crabtree (@CR4BTR3E) January 14, 2018
If you don’t like South Park, you have awful taste in comedy
— Jake Deren (@JakeDeren) January 16, 2018
Brooklyn Nine Nine
Based on a group of NYPD Police Detectives from Brooklyn’s 99 precinct, the show features Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti among others who make this show a necessary inclusion in our list of sitcoms to watch before you die.
Andy Samberg plays the juvenile yet brilliant cop, Jake Peralta, with Andre Braugher’s sombre police captain with generous contributions from the entire cast that makes this cop-comedy a must watch show, and I personally recommend it.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2015) pic.twitter.com/ZNuhwumjkm
— filmartbox (@filmartbox) January 8, 2018
You’re probably not wondering what I did during my last 5 days of unemployment but I’m gonna tell you anyway:
• Watched all 111 episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
— OG Robby Jensen (@DawbRyke) January 17, 2018
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
About to become the joint recipient of the Television’s longest running live action sitcom title, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is the story of five friends who run an Irish pub called, Paddy’s Pub in South Philadelphia.
“Each member of the gang shows varying degrees of dishonesty, egotism, selfishness, greed, pettiness, ignorance, laziness, and unethical behavior; they are often engaged in controversial activities. Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes and often conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, vengeance, or simply the entertainment of watching another’s downfall.” is how Wikipedia describes the show.
It's always sunny is the best show to watch while drunk and no one can deny that
— Fuckass (@Deadringer__) January 13, 2018
Missing It's Always Sunny on Netflix so badly
— John Burke (@JonnyBoyQPR) January 17, 2018
Let’s just say, every episode, every second and every act on the Impractical Jokers can literally be categorized as the funniest moment of the show because this show has the capability to leave you gasping for air.
The unusually outlandhish escapades of four childhood friends, Joe, Murr, Sal and Q, Impractical Jokers is currently in it’s fourth season and as you can see, is one of the funniest shows on TV right now.
Yoooo. This show called Impractical Jokers is HILARIOUS!!!
— Golden Goddess (@SophieIsZeus) January 15, 2018
Impractical Jokers is my favorite??
— •court• (@Courtneyriojas7) January 10, 2018