Top Ten Tuesday! The Ten Funniest TV Shows of My Life

As always, if you can think of others on you’d add to the list, please add them in the comments. I could use some good shows to watch over the summer.


10. M*A*S*H: I totally wanted to live in that tent with Hawkeye and Trapper. No, I wouldn’t have been Frank Burns. (True story: The real life Gooby, who is a character in my two novels, used to have a picture autographed by Larry Linville, the actor that played Frank Burns)

9. Cheers: Every episode Norm had something funny to say when they greeted him as he entered the bar. My favorite? ‘It’s a dog eat dog world and I’m wearing Milk Bone underpants.”


8. Friends: Definitely much better in the early years than the later ones, but a great portrayal of those fun years in your twenties when you’re figuring out how to be an adult and failing badly at it sometimes. And who didn’t sing Phoebe’s Smelly Cat song for a while after that episode?

 7. How I Met Your Mother: Ok, I’m going to be that hipster doofus who likes to say ‘I knew about this before everyone else thought it was cool.’ I was on this show from the beginning and the Slap Bet and Robin Sparkles episodes were the best.


6. Family Guy: If this was a show with real actors and actresses none of the jokes would be allowed on the air. Seth McFarlane is an evil genius. Not a great awards show host, but an evil genius nonetheless.


5. The I.T. Crowd: Most of my American friends won’t have heard of this British sitcom. Do yourself a favor and look it up on Netflix.

4. Seinfeld: Only one other show, The Office, has as many quotable lines as Seinfeld. (True story, I had a conversation with someone that was in the last two episodes.)


3. Psych: A hilarious hour long comedy/suspense show that didn’t get the acclaim it deserved because it was on the little watched USA network. You’d be hard pressed to find a show with more sly pop culture references. This is another one where you can thoroughly enjoy a full weekend of binge watching the 8 seasons on Netflix.

2. The Office: I’m referring to the American version here. I haven’t watched enough of the original British version to render judgement. One of the best ensemble cast comedies ever. Great last two episodes.


1. Saturday Night Live: They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. This show and the always changing cast have given us some of the most memorable live moments on TV.

Honorable Mention: The Kids in The Hall and Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’s hard to beat good sketch and improv comedy.

Well, how did I do? What shows would you add? If you did, what shows would you take off my list?

Have a great Tuesday! ~Phil

73 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! The Ten Funniest TV Shows of My Life

  1. Like your list. I have to check into a few I haven’t seen. Others: Strangers With Candy is hilarious! One of my all time (but little known) favorites. Worth mentioning is Drunk History. So cleaver!

  2. ‘Men at Work’ has me laughing out loud!

  3. I definitely wouldn’t have given “Whose Line” an honorable mention. They deserve to be in the Top 10. Come on!! All in the Family, too. While not really meant to be a comedy, waiting for whatever came out of Archie & Edith’s mouths was worth the wait!!

  4. You did well. I might have added Two and 1/2 men (the early years)

  5. Love this idea. Here’s my list:

    !0. Dead Like Me
    9. The Muppet Show
    8. How I Met Your Mother
    7. Designing Women
    6. M*A*S*H
    5. Keen Eddie
    4. Frazier
    3. Psych
    2. Friends
    1. The Big Bang Theory

  6. Is “I Love Lucy” too dated?

  7. Yep Phil this list’s pretty complete
    I’d say it was no easy feat
    If you’ll take input from me
    Taxi, All In the Family.

  8. Up against
    How I Met Your Mother
    The Office

    I’d put
    In Living Color
    Mad TV
    Keen Eddie (Good catch, there, Ally Bean!)

    (I despise Family Guy, which is too bad for me, because I think a lot of the humor is fantastic, but I just can’t take the hideous, hideous aesthetics–too d#mned ugly to look at the thing or listen to the voices. Almost physically painful.)

    Last, I know Key and Peele haven’t been on that long, and the second season is weaker, but still, even if you count the stuff packed into the first season, that’s three season’s worth of another show.

  9. Whose Line and Psych…definitely in there! Might have to add Big Bang Theory.

  10. The I.T. Crowd is the best!! Man, I love that show. Have you heard of/watched Fawlty Towers or The Mighty Boosh? They’re British shows as well. That first one, particularly, I think you’d like.

  11. My list would have half of yours, almost in reverse order 🙂

  12. I love the I.T. Crowd, and I would also like to add Firefly into the consideration… but M*A*S*H is one of my favourite ever TV series’. I have the entire box set, and there is genuinely nothing it does wrong. The mark – to my mind at least – of any good comedy series, is when it can make you laugh your arse off, then flip a coin and rip your heart out. Roseanne was good for that in early seasons too.

  13. Great choices. Cheers never gots old and I think I know every line in every episode of Friends by now.

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  16. I’ve never gotten into the Family Guy so I’d remove that from the list and add Frazier which is still watch on Netflix and laugh at the same jokes over and over. I’ve got to check out Psych and the IT Crowd. Current comedies I don’t miss are The Big Bang Theory and Mom.Watching Offspring right now – an Aussie comedy – and it is really good.

  17. YES to the I.T Crowd so glad you have this here. And YES YES YES to the American Office (as its known over here)- it was just SO bloody good. And also your honorable mention of Whose Line is it Anyway? I adored the American version of that. Oh being 41yrs old- of course I also have a soft spot for Friends.

  18. Will and Grace! And it’s returning to cable
    September 28th! I’m so pumped!!
    And yes, maybe Saturday night live would make the cut if it were the one with will Farrel and The lady doing the cheerleader skit. Forget the name, but late 90’s snl was better than the progressive bs that’s on now. Im sure it was even better in the late 70’s before I was born. Oh wait, it’s molly Shannon. (Cheer skit). That’s her name. My opinion. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼😆😆👍🏼👍🏼

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