Network: NBC
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

One of the most ironic things about Seinfeld is that while it more than earned its place on any top sitcom list, it’s hard to really say why. Any objective description would have to admit that it’s a show that stars four self-obsessed, unsuccessful, unethical, and otherwise horrible New Yorkers who do absolutely nothing for nine seasons. And somehow worked well enough that the history of Seinfeld has irreversibly stained popular culture, and mostly for the better. I’m thinking here of the Soup Nazi, the man fur, the man hands, and Jerry’s stand-up shows that bookend each episode and are just so easy to make fun of. Because what is the deal with airplane food, anyway?