I like small parties, the intimate gatherings with just enough booze and good friends to fill a room with laughter and maybe answer one of life’s great questions or two. One recent Saturday evening I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours with my dear friend the Disaffected Scanner Jockey, her fiance, and one more. Because we could… and maybe at my insistence, when the conversation drifted towards The Best Sit-Coms of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and Aughts, we recorded our findings.
To eliminate your need to have the long conversations (or give you a reason to argue with our conclusions) here are the winners and all nominees.
Best of the 70s – winners in BOLD
All in the Family
Mary Tyler Moore
Sanford and Sons
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Odd Couple
Best of the 80s – winners in BOLD
Best of the 90s – winners in BOLD
3rd Rock from the Sun
Just Shoot Me
Sex and the City
Best of the 00s – winners in BOLD
Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Curb Your Enthusiasm
When a show crossed multiple decades, the best block of years determined the decade of inclusion.
While cultural significance was a deciding factor, it was never allowed to be the primary factor.
All ties between shows were settled by the question: which show would you rather watch again today.
After the nominees were initially selected, other shows that were worthy of notation may have been mentioned but were not necessarily recorded if it was determined that they would not have been among the winners… mostly because I forgot to write them down.
Some of the “hybrid dramadies” were included for nomination and considered for the top awards. However, the fact that none of them won is not inherently indicative of that hybrid status.
Argue amongst yourselves.