The Best Series and Sitcoms

by Hohenstauffen | created - 15 Mar 2011 | updated - 13 Feb 2016 | Public

My most favourite Series and Sitcoms in chronological order. Precious moments of my childhood, forever gone. Maybe someone has such precious memories from many of those series listed too.

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1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 13,284

3. Bewitched (1964–1972)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 14,807

4. The Munsters (1964–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

Votes: 10,796

5. Flipper (1964–1967)

Not Rated | 30 min | Adventure, Family

Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.

Stars: Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden, Flipper

Votes: 1,948

6. I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie.

Stars: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Rorke

Votes: 11,530

7. Pippi Longstocking (1969)

27 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The adventures of Pippi Longstocking, an eccentric, super-strong, redheaded moppet and her best friends Tommy and Annika.

Stars: Inger Nilsson, Maria Persson, Pär Sundberg, Hans Clarin

Votes: 3,119

8. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a widow marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 11,058

9. The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith, Juliet Harmer

Votes: 4,239

10. George (1972–1974)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Based on the 1972 film George!, about the adventures of a St. Bernard dog and his owner who live in Switzerland.

Stars: Jack Mullaney, Trudy Young, Erna Sellmer, Volker Stewart

Votes: 33

11. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

Votes: 4,964

12. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A veteran cop with more than twenty years of experience is teamed with a young Inspector to solve crimes in San Francisco, California.

Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins, Richard Hatch

Votes: 4,561

13. Ein Herz und eine Seele (1973–1976)

45 min | Comedy

Extremly popular 1970s sitcom referring to many political and social issues through the eyes of an average German family. Alfred Tetzlaff is a narrow-minded, reactionary patriarch living ... See full summary »

Stars: Heinz Schubert, Hildegard Krekel, Elisabeth Wiedemann, Diether Krebs

Votes: 649

"Kult" - as we say in Germany.

14. Emil i Lönneberga (1974–1976)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The series tells stories from the childhood of a sometimes naughty, but very lovable and kindhearted young boy growing up on a farm in southern Sweden in the early 20th century.

Stars: Jan Ohlsson, Lena Wisborg, Allan Edwall, Emy Storm

Votes: 1,490

15. Drei Damen vom Grill (1977–1992)

25 min | Comedy

Three ladies from the grill.

Stars: Brigitte Mira, Brigitte Grothum, Gabriele Schramm, Bettina Martell

Votes: 94

16. Trapper John, M.D. (1979–1986)

60 min | Drama

The Korean War M*A*S*H unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues.

Stars: Pernell Roberts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Siebert, Gregory Harrison

Votes: 1,463

17. Hart to Hart (1979–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan (Robert Wagner) and Jennifer Hart (Stefanie Powers).

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Lee Wilkof

Votes: 5,231

18. Master Eder and His Pumuckl (1982–1989)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Pumuckl is a nice and sometimes naughty goblin who used to live with a cabinet maker named Franz Eder. Mr. Eder has had to live through quite some trouble because Pumuckl always was up to ... See full summary »

Stars: Gustl Bayrhammer, Hans Clarin, Toni Berger, Erni Singerl

Votes: 1,340

19. Diese Drombuschs (1983–1994)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This critically acclaimed drama focuses on the Drombuschs, an average German family living in Darmstadt near Frankfurt. Siegfried, the father, runs an antique shop, while his wife Vera ... See full summary »

Stars: Witta Pohl, Grete Wurm, Eike Hagen Schweikhardt, Günter Strack

Votes: 145

20. Ich heirate eine Familie... (1983–1986)

752 min | Comedy, Drama

Werner, a successful single without family, meets Angelika (Angie), a divorced mother with three children, of whom especially the eldest daughter, teenager Tanja, is very difficult. Very ... See full summary »

Stars: Thekla Carola Wied, Peter Weck, Julia Biedermann, Timmo Niesner

Votes: 227

The by far best German family series.

21. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 16,224

22. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 29,304

23. Growing Pains (1985–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller

Votes: 12,344

Show me that smile again

24. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 28,136

25. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 28,976

26. Matlock (1986–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,693

27. Valerie (1986–1991)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Originally the saga of a working mom raising her three sons alone while her pilot husband is away. After star Valerie Harper left the series, her role was filled by Sandy Duncan as the boys' aunt.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Dan Ponce, Josh Taylor

Votes: 1,232

28. Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson, Rebeca Arthur

Votes: 7,822

29. Roseanne (1988–2018)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama

A revival of the popular 1990s sitcom 'Roseanne,' which centered on the everyday life of an American working-class family.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman

Votes: 37,632

30. Family Matters (1989–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Winslow family deal with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

Stars: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary

Votes: 22,460

31. Forsthaus Falkenau (1989– )

43 min | Drama, Family

Bavarian forestry station ('Forsthaus') Falkenau in Küblach is the professional base and home of the town's forester, whose job proves crucial for conservation but also for safety, local ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Wolf, Hans Stadlbauer, Christian Wolff, Bruni Löbel

Votes: 154

As with many (especially German) series, only the episodes with the original cast.

The first of the great German children series.

34. Home Improvement (1991–1999)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family

The daily trials and tribulations of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a television show host raising three mischievous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor.

Stars: Tim Allen, Earl Hindman, Taran Noah Smith, Zachery Ty Bryan

Votes: 36,934

My most favourite sitcom. Accompanied me through all of my childhood.

35. Step by Step (1991–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two families become one, step by step.

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call, Staci Keanan

Votes: 11,383

36. Familie Heinz Becker (1992–2004)

25 min | Comedy, Family

A comedic show about a typical family from the Saarland.

Stars: Gerd Dudenhöffer, Gregor Weber, Alice Hoffmann, Sabine Urig

Votes: 234

37. Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

45 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

Dr. Mark Sloan has a knack for getting into trouble, negotiating the twists and turns of mysteries and solving crimes with the help of his son, Steve, a homicide detective.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, Charlie Schlatter

Votes: 5,733

38. Adelheid und ihre Mörder (1993–2007)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

Secretary Adelheid is the real brain behind solving the murder cases of a Hamburg police homicide unit, much to the chagrin of her boss.

Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Heinz Baumann, Gerhard Garbers, Gisela May

Votes: 132

39. Boy Meets World (1993–2000)

TV-G | 23 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An adolescent with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he endures the trials of growing alongside a good friend.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels, Betsy Randle

Votes: 36,263

40. Mission Top Secret (1993–1995)

85 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

12-year-old Jemma accidentally taps into a disused telecommunications satellite and finds she has audio-visual contact with other computers worldwide.

Stars: Rossi Kotsis, Shane Briant, Frederick Parslow, Emma Jane Fowler

Votes: 171

Nothing fascinated me more in my childhood than this Australian series.

41. 7th Heaven (1996–2007)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Eric Camden, a minister, and his wife Annie deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own.

Stars: Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel, Beverley Mitchell

Votes: 23,012

42. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 43,779

46. Castle Einstein (1998– )

25 min | Family

A show about students at a boarding school in Erfurt.

Stars: Gert Schaefer, Wilfried Loll, Ludwig Hollburg, Robert Schupp

Votes: 242

The first 100 episodes were just brilliant, the best of any German children series.

47. Die Kinder vom Alstertal (1998–2004)

26 min | Family

The children of the Alstertal.

Stars: Lennardt Krüger, Ursula Hinrichs, Marleen Lohse, Kerstin Draeger

Votes: 45

48. The Peppercorns (1999– )

28 min | Crime, Family

Several children investigate cases in their city together.

Stars: Aglaja Brix, Vijessna Ferkic, Aurelia Stern, Julian Paeth

Votes: 189

49. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 259,209

Legendary

50. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family