Given my tendency to record shows that I like for later DVR viewing, I usually have a few hours of situation comedies on hold to while away a lost hour or two, usually with my kid.  She’s really hooked on ‘The Office’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’, but in return I’ve made her watch ‘Scrubs’ and ‘The Mindy Project’.  Of course, the core sitcom in our house is one where we’ve all seen every episode of Ted’s ongoing struggle for the perfect mate, to the point where she’s actually been known to argue with people which season a particular event happened.  Of course, we’re also enjoying Teen Nick afternoons, especially ‘Victorious’, these days, leading to today’s half-hour, four-camera query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a cycling set of candidates, but keeps coming back to ‘How I Met Your Mother’, bad ending or no bad ending, asking: Regardless of popularity, longevity or acclaim, what’s your FAVORITE sitcom?


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  1. This is a difficult one for me. Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and Newsradio all jockey for that spot in my brain.

    For the sake of difference though, I’ll go with Newsradio this time since it’s a less-oft picked favorite. The weird thing about that one is that despite the fact that I didn’t really watch that show for Bill, when Phil Hartman was killed, it still kind of managed to ruin the character dynamics that made the show its funniest.

    Also, I mean, Stephen Root always manages to make any comedic role hilarious; and Jimmy James might be my favorite even over Milton from Office Space.

    • Also an honorable mention to Parks & Rec. While not it’s not the show I find the funniest (though it definitely has its amazingly hilarious moments), it’s probably the sitcom I found the most lovable. Nothing will give you the warm fuzzies like a good episode of Parks & Rec

  2. Laugh at me all you want, but my top pick is Friends.
    My honorable mentions though are Big Bang Theory (any show I can watch with my teenager is a win!), Golden Girls (though some episodes bore me too much and I won’t watch), and Will & Grace (which wouldn’t be on the list but for Jack and Karen).

    • When Friends wasn’t caught up in Ross/Rachael relationship drama, it was pretty hilarious. I don’t think that’s a bad pick at all.

      Big Bang Theory is funny too. I’m not so defensive about my nerdy hobbies I can’t laugh at myself.

  3. I love How I met your Mother, Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld and Newsradio but M.A.S.H. has to be the top pick.
    It had great characters, ridiculous situations, so much heart and empathy, and nothing except Catch 22 has ever fully realised the vision of how ludicrous war actually is.

    • I forgot to consider M.A.S.H. – I’ll stick with my answers, but M.A.S.H. is one of the classics.

      Cheers too, now that I think about it.

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