Need Some Laugh? Here Are The Top Five Sitcoms Of All Time You Can Binge-Watch
Sitcoms have for long enthralled the TV audience and how. Among the plethora of entertainment options, sitcoms undoubtedly score brownie points. Especially those that have stood the test of time for their unique ability to get the masses in the ROFL mode!
Certainly, deciding the best one among the lot is no mean feat. Preferences vary, and so does ratings and reviews. But then, from someone who just started to the most experienced watchers, here are five choices that will make it to the top of your binge-watching list.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
CBS aired this show from 1961 to 1966. Van essayed the character of Rob Petrie, a Manhattan-based comedy writer who lives with his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore). Carl Reiner, the creator, also appeared in the show as Alan Brady, for whom Rob and the co-workers functioned.
Rob’s character draws inspiration from Reiner’s days when he did similar work for the TV program Your Show of Shows. The show was usually shot before a live audience. However, episodes like ‘Happy Birthday And Too Many More’ became exceptions. The main reason was that these were taped shortly after the assassination of Late. President John F. Kennedy.
Cheers, this show’s mention here surely doesn’t come as a surprise. At least, not after reading about it at the time of Frasier! The show dealt with the story of a baseball player Sam (Ted Danson). Most of the other characters in this NBC show from 1982 to 1993 include Sam’s staff, his love interest and waitress Diane (Shelley Long), and few regular patrons in the bar.
Cheers will stay iconic among the sitcoms because they got a nomination in the Best Comedy category every year that it was on the air. Initially, it poised trouble to fetch the audience, but later the ratings spoke for themselves. Writer Ken Levine, who was quite confident about the show’s content, said that the network kept it simply because there wasn’t anything better to replace it!
Between 1993 to 2004, the spin-off to Cheers came in the form of Frasier on NBC. Kelsey Grammer reprised the role of Frasier Crane, the psychologist. Crane was a character battling numerous stressors in his personal life and his call-in radio program, where he was the host. He had to share the bachelor-pad with his father- John Mahoney, and the physical therapist (Jane Leeves).
Thanks to these two famous sitcoms, especially Frasier, Grammer’s life changed. At present, he is the co-owner of the record for having the longest appearance of a character in live-action primetime TV. It was James Arness of Gunsmoke with who he tied up.
Jerry Seinfeld played a character of the same name in this show, which was on the air from 1989 to 1998. He was a stand-up comedian who lived in New York and spent time with friends. George (Jason Alexander), Elaine, his ex-girlfriend (Julia Louis Dreyfus), and neighbor Kramer (Michael Richards) play other key roles in this sitcom.
The show was a stupendous hit after producers came out with the phrase ‘no hugging, no learning’ that became synonymous with a rule at the time of framing storylines. Such was the popularity that the book “Sitcoms” by Bloom and Vlastnik had words of appreciation for the protagonist. This includes lines like ‘Seinfeld ushered in an era of squeamish comedy.’ The cast of this show had a reunion in the show Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2009.
While talking of sitcoms, it is impossible not to mention this one! A group of six high-school buddies who lived in New York City kept the audience glued to their TV sets on NBC from 1994 to 2004. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) formed the star cast. It was their antics that came as a relief after a tiring day.
The producers had Schwimmer in mind from the beginning and wrote the role exclusively for him. Cox had initially auditioned for Rachel’s role before the creative team felt she be a perfect fit as Monica Geller! To date, the series finale is the most-watched TV episode of all time.
If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. The best part is that the iconic sitcoms are coming back on the popular streaming platforms. Even if you cannot find a sitcom on Netflix, you can still find plenty of sources where you can download and stream these timeless sitcoms for free.
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