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Best American TV Comedies of the 21st Century


From network to cable to streaming – here are our choices for the best American sitcoms that the 21st century has to offer.

The Best American TV Comedies of the 21st Century
Photo: Art by Chloe Lewis

Comedy, as it turns out, is quite subjective. Folks have some strong opinions about what does and does not make them laugh. Thankfully, strong opinions are exactly what we’re looking for.

The 21st century has been particularly kind to comedy on TV, so we wanted to honor that with not one but two lists of the best comedy TV shows of 2000s. Below you can find our choices for the best American shows (and a Canadian show or two popular enough with American audiences to be considered eligible). You can find our choices for the best British TV comedy shows over here.

Bear in mind that only shows that premiered in the year 2000 or later are included, which explains why some popular shows that began in the ’90s but lingered into the aughts (Friends, Frasier, Freaks and Geeks) aren’t here. Now let us know your strong comedic opinions in the comments.

Note: This article was adapted and updated from our previous “Best American TV Comedies of the Past 15 Years.”

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