Every day right around the world thousands of television channels re-run some of the best sitcoms that have ever be screened on television. Some, such as ‘Happy Days’, ‘Family Ties’ and ‘The Brady Bunch’ haven’t exactly aged well over the years, and while adults may like to partake in a little bit of nostalgia it doesn’t take long before you are finding yourself wanting to switch off.
So which sitcoms are the ones that seem to have lasted the journey and are well worth a watch if they are being screened on a channel local to you. Let’s take a look at the best five.
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005) – A terrifically funny sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is one sitcom that still resonates with a modern audience due to the fact that we all know what it is like to have an annoying family.
Based on the comedy of comedian Ray Romano ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ centered around family man Ray Barone (Ramono) who despite the fact he is now married to Debra (Patricia Heaton) and has children, Ally (Madilyn Sweeton), Geoffrey (Sawyer Sweeton) and Michael (Sullivan Sweeton), of his own still finds himself being crowded by his overbearing mother Marie (Doris Roberts), grumpy and sometimes inappropriate father Frank (Peter Boyle) and awkward, under-loved and tall brother Robert (Brad Garrett).
The show was well written and easily relatable to any father and/or son while female audience members will easily fall in love with Debra or Robert’s long-suffering partners Amy (Moica Horan). Episodes that also feature Debra or Amy’s families are absolute classics while re-runs of the show are a great tribute to Peter Boyle who sadly passed away not long after the show wrapped.
Becker (1998-2004) – Ted Danson has made some brilliant sitcoms over the years. Shows like ‘Cheers’ and ‘Curb You Enthusiasm’ spring straight to mind, but one of his better performances was in the under-rated sitcom comedy ‘Becker’ in which he played the very grumpy Dr. John Becker.
What made ‘Becker’ such a funny show was also the characters that surrounded Becker. Working for him in his community clinic was the ever efficient Margaret Wyborn (Hattie Winston) and the ditzy Linda (Shawnee Smith). And is if the odd-couple working relationship between Margaret and Linda wasn’t enough you also had other characters including the slimy Bob (Saverio Guerra), kind blind man Jake Malinak (Alex Desert), the feisty Reggie (Terry Farrell) and of course Becker’s love interest in the latter seasons, Chris Connor (Nancy Travis).
There was never a dull moment in the world of ‘Becker’ and Ted Danson’s comedy still makes audiences laugh today.
Seinfeld (1990-1998) – Calling ‘Seinfeld’ the funniest comedy of all time is certainly not exaggerating in fact is nearly an under-statement because it is virtually impossible to imagine a show that could ever be as funny as a show that featured classic characters such as Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards).
Everybody seems to have a favorite ‘Seinfeld’ episode, whether it be the one with the Soup Nazi or The Maestro, either way whenever you see a repeat of ‘Seinfeld’ about to air, sit back and enjoy because you are guaranteed half an hour of laughs.
Friends (1994-2004) – If you are going to watch a sitcom rerun you can never go wrong by watching one of the most viewed sitcoms of all time. The premise of ‘Friends’ was simple a group of friends made up of Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Dr. Ross Gellar (David Schwimmer) lived and loved together in New York City.
Not only did ‘Friends’ introduce some of the most popular actors of today to the world but it was a well-written comedy that won over fans worldwide. The characters were so likable you couldn’t help but fall in love with them and outrageous moments such as Phoebe singing ‘Smelly Cat’ made it so funny that it could easily have viewers in stitches.
If you never got to see ‘Friends’ the first time it screened then watching the re-runs is certainly something worthy to do.
The Big Bang Theory (2007-present) – When ‘The Big Bang Theory’ surfaced in 2007 some television viewers were ‘sitcomed out’. A flurry of sitcom releases saw some people miss the beginning of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ so for those people the only way to see one of the best modern day sitcoms is to watch the re-runs.
While it doesn’t explore geek-culture in quite the same way many believe it does it does feature scientists Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) who have very limited social skills. That all changes when they meet their cute neighbor, Penny (Kaley Cuoco).
The show features some very funny lines and situations especially revolving around Leonard who often steals the show and if you are one of the people that missed it the first time around then you really need to see the re-runs.
There are so many sitcoms out there that are worth watching. Old classics such as ‘The Drew Carey Show’ and ‘Home Improvement’ will still make you laugh from time to time while modern beauties like ‘Community’ and ‘King OF Queens’ are also must sees. But if you are ever glancing through your program guide and you see one of the five shows listed in this article turn the channel over, give it a watch and you certainly won’t be disappointed.