As excellent as shows like The Wire and Breaking Bad are, they're also exhausting. No complaints here, just facts about how TV's heaviest hour-long dramas demand a lot from viewers while battering their emotions and rattling the nerves. And that makes all the more important that both cable and premium network programmers always remember to offset the seriousness with surefire laughs.
To assemble our list of The 50 Funniest TV Comedies of All Time, we followed a few strict guidelines: The nominees needed to be American-made, live-action, and couldn't be sketch comedy shows. Oh, and they had to be funny.
When it comes to overall greatness, though, this collection of unforgettable television is no laughing matter.
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