Good American sitcoms that aren't Seinfeld or Curb



  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 5:24pm
  • 69 posts

Anyone have any recommendations? I'm not well versed in American comedy, but I'm not impressed with a lot of the ones I have seen like the american office, always sunny, friends etc.



  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 5:42pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 313 posts

I would agree, the ones you have listed are not great, but....

Arrested Development is fabulous and loved by the critics. Its currently on NetFlix. It's mad cap, but everything about it is done to perfection.

Cheers also understandably tops many best of charts. Its from the 1980's so will look very traditional now. It has a warmth about it.

Going further back, Bilko is a black and white classic.

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  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 11:06pm
  • Surreyish., England
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Sorry - but I don't agree with your first suggestions.

Maybe just Cheers and M.A.S.H.

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Definitely Tarby

  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 11:14pm
  • South South West, England
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Scrubs is such a funny show with a script more razer sharp than anything else I remember. The way the gags are developed is very cleaver and you can watch the epiosdes over and over and notice something new.

It's also filmed with one camera so all the shots are front facing with very few fixed shots from the side.



  • Wednesday 14th February 2018, 11:46pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 1st March 2018, 3:10pm
  • England
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Still thoroughly enjoying the run of 3rd Rock on C4 at the moment. Two a day! Bliss. :)


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  • Thursday 1st March 2018, 4:29pm [Edited]
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 226 posts

Frasier when on form is the best sitcom ever written


Alfred J Kipper

  • Friday 2nd March 2018, 11:38am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 5,452 posts

I'd probably agree with that, hard to imagine a spin off show besting Cheers but for me it did. Scripts for both shows top of the range but the design of Frasier was much better, fewer characters in a more confined space came closest of any US sitcom I've seen to resembling a classic British sitcom.

But the curse of the successful US sitcom is it overruns horrendously warping the show into a different sitcom by the end. The last couple of series with a pregnant Daphne turned into a load of cosy family sop not too unlike the demise of OFAH. When your favourite sitcom characters start to have kids with each other it's time to leave the show. Basil and Cybil would never've done such a thing.



  • Saturday 14th April 2018, 4:42pm [Edited]
  • 69 posts

Thought I'd update with a few of the ones I've seen and liked since then

Police Squad (1982) and Sports Night (1998-2000) - I'm putting them together because I like them a lot, and for similar reasons. Great American humour, reminiscent of classic reference-heavy simpsons. The former ran for one series of six episodes, very unusual for an American sitcom, but unfortunately its humour was quite ahead of its time, even if not being too advanced by modern standards.

Freaks and Geeks (1999) - Comedy drama set in a school.

Parks and Rec (2009-2015) - Local Government sitcom in the stripped-back mockumentary style a la their remake of The Office. While I'm not a big fan of the American office because it doesn't really allow its jokes to develop (despite being supposed to be a Slow-burner), this is nice by contrast. The jokes are less obnoxious and more subtle by comparison

Californication (2007-2014) - Comedy drama about an Author with a complicated relationship with his wife

Others I liked but maybe to a lesser extent are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Search Party, Crashing, and as Aaron recommended, Becker. I watched the first few episodes of Arrested Development but wasn't too impressed by it, maybe it gets better as it goes on

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