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The 10 Most Underrated TV Comedies of All Time

Comedy is a tough gig and striking it rich with critics won't always get you the audience you deserve.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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June 20, 2014 - 8:00 am
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10. Sullivan and Son

This working class comedy executive-produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley is fraught with all the non-PC ethnic and sexual humor you’d hear in a working class, Irish-Korean, middle-American bar like the one in the show. Created by Korean American actor/comedian Steve Byrne and Cheers writer Rob Long, the TBS sitcom reminds you that some jokes are still OK to crack. The stellar cast features Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and comic genius Brian Doyle-Murray, along with Christine Ebersole and Owen Benjamin, who portray the drop-dead hysterical mother-son dependent duo Carol and Owen Walsh. 

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I always thought News Radio was under rated.
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Nice to see “The Middle” on this list…I think it is the funniest sitcom airing right now and I’m far from its target audience being a coal-black comedy and brooding violent drama kind of guy. And big surprise: Mike, the dad, is actually the most level-headed member of the family and Frankie, the mom, is the zany one (like Lucy Ball). I’m so sick of “uber-competent mom has to constantly save imbecile dad from burning the house down”. Family friendly, single-camera so it lacks the odious laugh-track/studio laughter, with really, really great writing (seriously, the internal continuity throughout the several seasons is remarkable), and it even treats religion with respect without preachiness (i.e., Reverend Tim Tom)!

BONUS: There has never been nor shall there ever be a dreaded “VERY SPECIAL EPISODE!!!” of “The Middle”.

Watch The Middle!
26 weeks ago
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The Dick Van Dyke Show & Soap.
22 weeks ago
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I haven't heard of most of these shows, but I loved Daria.
25 weeks ago
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”Police Squad! was cancelled because the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it.”

Truer words were never spoken (except, "Obama is an idiot").

Police Squad! In Color was brilliant and demanded rapt attention to appreciate the subtle detail going on in the background and the nuanced humor, especially the Shoeshine Guy.

Police Squad failed because TV -- especially sitcoms -- really is just radio with people standing around on a set throwing insults at each other. You don't even have to watch it, as the ABC President so aptly stated.
25 weeks ago
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It is an oldie but Taxi still works. Reverend Jim is a classic character.
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Daria was what I watched while waiting for O'Grady (speaking of obscure animated comedies).
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Arrested Development. Absolutely killer.
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WKRP in Cincinnati -- "as god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
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Yes, but WKRP was not underrated. It ran for five years and had a strong following.

Police Squad only got six immortal episodes in and was truly underrated.
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I always liked the first season of the John Larroquette Show, which some critics dubbed sit com noir. He played a highly educated recovering alcoholic for whom hitting bottom meant the job as night manager of a bus depot in St. Louis.
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Police Squad was funny and the Middle is funny, otherwise, there is a good reason that the author is not a network honcho.
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As one who is admittedly long in the tooth, I have difficulty appreciating what neo Americans find funny or humorous. Most of TV talking heads on late night TV are snarling hate filled egotists who really think what they find amusing has to be amusing to the whole human race. However, I admit that I cannot decipher the neo Americans and their culture very well.
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