7 classic sitcoms that can stand up against any sitcom today

I have written a list of classic sitcoms that can totally compete against any current sitcom out there today.

This is what we call an original tv set. On top are called antennas. This just shows how 2021 is way different than 1971.

This is what we call an original tv set. On top are called antennas. This just shows how 2021 is way different than 1971.

Maddox Greenberg, Staff Writer

I am an old soul, per se, when it comes TV shows.   When I was around 6 or 7, I saw Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.  A few years later, I saw a Gilligan’s Island episode with the fictional band The Mosquitoes, and I was hooked.  For years now, I have seen lots of shows (past and present), including the shows on this list.  This list isn’t to push you into watching them, but just to get you to know the shows in case you come across them on TV.


Cheers (1982-1993). This 11-season show follows a Boston bar owned by former Red Sox pitcher Sam Malone and his staff and patrons of the fictional bar.  Some notable characters that you may have seen (or heard) before include Cliff Clavin, the goofy “know-it-all” mailman played by John Ratzenberger. This familiar voice you may recognize from some of your favorite Pixar movies. The bitter waitress Carla Tortelli played by Rhea Perlman, the evil mom from the movie Matilda. And Woody Boyd, the lovable but dimwitted bartender played by Woody Harrelson, from White Men Can’t Jump and the role of Carnage in the movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The show has been a hit ever since it went on the air on NBC.  It has some notable episodes and moments. Here is a clip of a hilarious moment from Cheers where Cliff gives all of the guys some new shoes that Cliff had been wearing, until the guys all notice something wrong with them:



Taxi (1978-1982). This 5-season Emmy-award winning comedy follows the Sunshine Cab Company and its many drivers, including Alex Reiger, the only full-time driver; Tony Banta, a part-time boxer; Bobby Wheeler, a part-time actor; Elaine Nardo, a part-time art receptionist; mechanic Latka Gravas; Reverend Jim Ignatowski, a reverend who is recovering from the 1960s; and grumbly dispatcher Louis de Palma.  The show follows all of the stories and shenanigans in this cab company, including when Elaine, Bobby, Alex, and Tony help Reverend Jim get his license for a taxicab driver. Here is the clip:



Frasier (1993-2004). This 11-season spinoff of the show Cheers has to be, in my opinion, the most successful spinoff shows from a series in television history.  The show follows radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane returning to the city of Seattle and dealing with his radio show and his call screener Roz,  his brother Niles, and his ex-cop father Martin and his nurse Daphne.  And of course, THAT dog Eddy.  This show deals with romance, job problems, humorous stories and just life for Dr. Frasier Crane.  Here is a clip from some memorable moments:




Happy Days (1974-1984).  The set in the 1950s, this show follows the life of Richie Cunningham and his daily struggles during his high school years.  With him are his friends Potsie Webber, Ralph Malph, and greaser The Fonz.  They hang out at Arnold’s, a diner where all of high school kids hang out after school.  Richie juggles around with his education, sports, friends, job, girls and even an alien friend named Mork (played by the late great Robin Williams).  Here is a clip from the most iconic episode from the show:



Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967).  This 3-season sitcom follows the survivors of the 7-passenger S.S. Minnow shipwreck: The Skipper, Gilligan, Ginger, Mary Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Howell, and the Professor.  This show is so funny.  Throughout the show, the castaways have adventures and meet tons of characters like fictional music band The Mosquitoes, a South American dictator fleeing from his country, a famous missing pilot, headhunters, and a robot.  While the castaways try to get off the island, Gilligan always screws up and they wind up staying on the island.  Here is a clip from the episode with The Mosquitoes:





Seinfeld (1989-1998).  It is really a show about nothing.  This 9-season sitcom follows real-life comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his three friends: Elaine Benes, George Costanza, and Cosmo Kramer.  This show deals with satire of modern life, like when Jerry accidentally insulted an old eastern European woman by claiming he doesn’t like anybody with a pony, or when Jerry wore a buffy shirt by mistake because Kramer’s girlfriend talks very quiet.  This show has had many iconic episodes, like “The Soup Nazi,” “Festivus,” and “The Jacket.”  Here are some clips from Seinfeld:



I suggest you give these shows a try. They truly are worth watching.