Raised as I was by 26-inch Sylvania television set, I watched a LOT of sitcoms in my time.  Granted, a lot of them were in reruns during the morning or late-night hours, but ‘Good Times’ was a big favorite in our house, and my grandmother had a strange love for ‘Alice.’  You could also see ‘Happy Days’, ‘All In The Family’ and ‘M*A*S*H’, if you were so inclined, but the show that I would categorize as the Sitcom of MY Childhood was probably ‘The Facts of Life’, featuring a slowly shrinking group of girls that briefly included Molly Ringwald and gave me my terrific crush on Mindy Cohn, leading to today’s half-hour query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still watches ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘The Monkees’ whenever possible, and is positively bereft now that ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has left syndication, asking: What program do you think of as THE sitcom of your childhood?


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  1. Fresh Prince of Bel Aire is probably up there. and as much as i would’ve loved to have identified with the more heartwarming, TGIF/Must See etc. style sitcoms, a close second was Married With Children. i revisit Married With Children far less often than Fresh Prince, lemme tell ya…

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    I watched a lot of sitcoms in my youth, but none of them really stick out as “The” sitcom. Maybe Cheers? Shows like Remington Steele, Moonlighting, and Tales of the Gold Monkey are more iconic of my youth than the sitcoms I watched.

  3. Family Matters, Full House, Cosby Show, and among the teens, it was Saved By The Bell. (Other family TV viewing was basketball, American football, and tennis!) I was forbidden to watch anything that wasn’t a cartoon, but they had no idea that scathing satire was possible in cartoons. My mom watched a lot of soaps.

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