"The Cosby Show" is the worse probably because it was so popular and so overrated.
First, it was an unrealistic portrayal of black families when black folks were under represented on tv. It never tried to grapple with the socioeconomic issues, as sitcoms like "Good Times" or even "The Jefferson's" did. It would have been just as salient if it was a family of white folks in blackface.
But what's worse, I've tried watching it a few times, and it was smarmy, not funny.
Were the Huxtables in a higher percentile in economic status compared to the average black American household? Probably. But the Banks family in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were much better off financially speaking. Were socioeconomic issues not intertwined into any of the episodes? Not in obvious ways. Cosby Show didn't do the "Very Special Episode" most family sitcoms were known for. Real world issues aren't a requirement in sitcoms. The last sentence is enough of a criticism.
You say it, you even think it, you can have it. Are we beginning to see the possibilities here?
I don't watch many sitcoms but in recent memory, The Ranch, dumb and unfunny 2 Broke Girls, I only watched 1 episode but it was bad. Goldbergs, started okay but turned into generic crap really fast. Truth Seekers, great cast but not fun or funny. Dr Ken, ugh. Big Mouth, tries way too hard.
At the moment on Brit telly, there are two or three episodes of Frasier on every weekday in the morning. I've got into this fairly recently and find it absolutely priceless and laugh out loud funny and a great way to start the day with a coffee before work.
But.... There is before it starts, episodes of either Everbody Loves Raymond or King 0f Queens.
I am a big and loud advocate and flag-waver for the premise that all art is subjective, each to their own, one man's meat etc etc But I must admit to being personally, completely baffled that these shows are in the bracket of 'sit-coms'. I have tried to watch both , but for me they seem completely void of anything funny going on. I cannot bother with them now and get on my exercise bike before Frasier.
I have also seen Two Broke Girls which I found was unwatchable, despite the eye candy of the leads. Nobody likeable, crass and crude humour efforts....quite awful. I have seen Kat Dennings and Jennifer Coolidge miles better in other stuff.
I also thought the U.S. version of The 0ffice lost it quite soon, a smug, less funny copy of the original. But I guess genius is hard to replicate.
P.s. I adore The Simpsons and quite like Futurama ...but SouthPark and Family Guy, have never made me laugh.
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There's another one I forgot to mention: that lousy sitcom THE PATTY DUKE SHOW! An extremely gifted, Oscar-winning young actress was forced by her "managers" into a typical role of the time--an air-headed teenager who was always getting into scrapes and causing trouble with her bubble-brained ideas!
The only acting challenge for Ms. Duke was as the level-headed Scottish cousin--a role far too small.
The show went off the air after the FCC declared that starting with the 1966-67 season, all shows were to be filmed in color, and CBS refused to give Screen Gems (the producer of TPDS) the necessary $$$ to convert to color. Patty was very happy when the show was cancelled; she hated doing it. After she turned 18, she was free of her guardian's rule, and was able to make her own decisions--some which, admittedly were not very wise. But that was before she was diagnosed as bi-polar.
Big Eddie (1975). Abysmal comedy from CBS with Sheldon Leonard as a retired gangster, now a sports entrepreneur and Sheree North as his young wife, a former showgirl. Big Eddie got through 10 episodes before being yanked.
God, I'd forgotten totally about that one. From the little I can dredge out of the memory banks about it, yes, it was that awful and then some.
I also have very negative feelings about CBS' "rural" sitcoms. PETTICOAT JUNCTION was fair, but I came to loathe THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, especially in its final seasons. And I've hated GREEN ACRES from the start!
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW is OK (I especially love Opie and Aunt Bee), but Barney can really get on my nerves! And I don't like Otis--IMO, alcoholism is NOT funny--and I find Ernest T. Bass and those hillbillies execrable!
I'm very surprised that some people hate Raymond, Gilligan, Beveryly Hillbillies, and King of Queens. Those were all very funny.
Got to agree with these being very horrible: The Brady Bunch It's About Time My Mother the Car Golden Girls Two and a Half Men
and will add these for the worst sitcoms of all time" Welcome Back Kotter Head of the Class Happy Days Laverne and Shirley Mama's Family The Carol Burnett Show I Love Lucy (but the Lucy show where she worked at a bank was funny) The new Mayberry show with all the straight men and the only comedy depending on George Lindsey The Partridge Family Family Affair Alf The Facts of Life Full House Growing Pains How I Met Your Mother The first season or two of "Rules of Engagement", in which it was nothing but David Spade being Dr. Smith, and the others were the Robinson family. After that, everyone else let down their hair and spread it out more, and it was actually funny.