Most popular English sitcoms

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Most popular English sitcoms

It's safe to say that English sitcoms have shaped the way individuals watched television, forever. They were funny, dramatic, ridiculous and at times, too real for an hour of relaxation. However, their contribution to shaping the taste and culture of several generations is priceless.

Several failed to leave a lasting impression on the audience with their dull storylines or weak casting, but some managed to live up to their expectations in such a way that they are still being viewed after years of having filmed their final episode! I kid you not!

So which one’s really stood the test of time? Let us go on to see.

(Disclaimer: This list is completely relative and may change from person to person)

a. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (1994-2004)

Spanning over ten seasons, Friends still rules as the most popular English sitcom of all times. The plot revolves around the lives of six ordinary New Yorkers, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Rachel and their daily trysts with living in the city and with each other.


b. Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)

The narrative sees Jerry Seinfeld and his friends retelling the everyday nuances of life. Through the comic tone, he captures the underlying joy of friendship and togetherness in the face of adversity.

c. The Big Bang Theory (2007 - continuing)

This is a comic portrayal of the complete turn of events in the life of two physicists when the charming Penny, a fun-loving extrovert becomes their next-door neighbor.

d. Modern Family (2009 - continuing)

This drama depicts the series of connected events taking place in the lives of three families. The show promotes several forms of social awareness, one, for instance is that of a gay couple who are happily living together in society.   

e. That 70’s Show (1998 - 2006)

A very relatable story retelling the attempts of Eric and his friends at trying to lead meaningful lives through the uproar of their growing up years.

f. Sherlock ( 2010 - continuing )

A very modern and dark take on the thrilling and mysterious cases of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 


g. Game of Thrones (2011 - continuing)

Based on the fantastic world of A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones depicts the larger than life actions and journeys embarked upon by the rulers of the seven kingdoms of Westeros in the ultimate battle to win the Iron throne.


h. Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)

The series follows the journey of a chemistry teacher, Walter White who changes the course of his respectable life to that of a meth-maker to pay his medical dues when he discovers he has terminal cancer.

i. How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

In short, HIMYM is a funny, emotional and rather lengthy narrative of a sitcom of Ted Mosby telling his children how he met their mother.


j. The Simpsons (1989 - continuing)

This series is a satirical depiction of Homer Simpson and his socially dysfunctional family and the ridiculous episodes in their individual lives.


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