Saturday, July 15, 2006


Do you remeber when WPIX and WNYW were the only games in town? I have made a list of the 5 best New York based sitcoms of all time. I hope you enjoyed these shows as much as I do, and please don't give me that crap that you had other interests. That gets so tired.

It's easy to say that Seinfeld is the funniest show of all time. It's the most contemporary show on my survey. I don't know if a network televison show ever made me laugh harder. I'm glad Newman made it to this picture. I love me some Newman.

All In The Family is clearly one of the most influential shows in the history of television. The show was brilliant for many years and the chemistry between the four main characters is almost unparalleled in any endeavor before or since. It was also one of the most innovative sitcoms. Before All In The Family you had Green Acres and Mayberry FDR starring Ken Berry.

The Honeymooners is the first show about the working class slob and his best friend and their wives. The network executives said that this show would never work. What do those idiots know? It scares me how much I behave like Ralph Kramden at times.

The Odd Couple is probably the weakest show on the survey. However in my opinion it deserves to be up there with the best of them. This is one of the few shows that I think was better then the film version unlike Mash for example. It was also a play. An honorable mention goes to Howard Cosell for his guest appearances playing himself. This show also had a very metropolitan feel to it.

I Love Lucy, if you love the sitcom like you say you do, then you have to love this show. It is the quintessential sitcom. The formula and most of the humor that you find in sitcoms today comes from this show. The most notable aspect of this show is that a woman had top billing and it was about an interracial couple, in 1951.

I would like to thank the Grumbler for the webpoll bit. Most of these shows can still be viewed on WPIX channel 11 in the tri-state area. I Love Lucy and All in the family played on channel 5 before cable. WPIX was also the home to Star Trek and the New York Yankees for a long time.

Pix, pix, pix...If you know what this means then you are ok in my book, if not ax Lou.

What is the best New York based sitcom of all time?
All In The Family
The Honeymooners
The Odd Couple
I Love Lucy

Free polls from


jerry's the best said...

humor is largely generational, like musical taste and fashion sense. that said, if you think all in the family was funnier than lucy or seinfeld you are nuts. that show may have been ground braking and ushered in a new era of TV, but that doesn't make it funny.

jerry's the best said...

that seinfeld strikes back poster is fucking incredible

TheBirdman33 said...

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captain corky said...

Why does friends take place in New York? It might as well take place in my toilet bowl because that's where it belongs. It was ok when it first came out but man did it go stale fast.

The Grumbler said...

reverse taste strikes again.

TheBirdman33 said...

Ah the old reverse taste bit. Good times

willSIX said...

My vote is definitely for the Honeymooners. I dare anyone here to watch "Chef of the Future" and not pee in their pants. Seriously, I dare.

Seinfeld comes in just behind as a close second, for me. That show is just so watchably brilliant in every way.

Oh, and All in the Family is one of the funniest sitcoms of all time. It petered out toward the end (like all), but the first 2 seasons are works of art. It should beat out Seinfeld because of how powerful and influential it was, but oddly enough, it doesnt.

captain corky said...

I voted for the Honeymooners as well. I just don't bet against "The Great One". My name isn't Eddie Felson. Also the Honeymooners is my second favorite show of all time.

I agree with you Will, All in the family was a very funny show when Archie was super bigot.

captain corky said...

Seinfeld was also brilliant. All these shows were as far as I'm concerned.

Kim Jong Ramone said...

I go with All in the family 'cause I lived with Mr. Bunker. I called him Dad.

But was that show on 11 I remember is being on 5.

My write in canidate is "Land of the Lost" cause I think it took place in Staten Island.

Or Welcome Back Kotter.

"Please excuse this Post
signed Kim Jong Ramone's Mother"

Kim Jong Ramone said...

Pix ruled sooooo hard. I loved that shit.

captain corky said...

I do apologize for leaving off Welcome Back Kotter! Kotter came in at 6 and the Jeffersons came in at number 7.