TV fans were spoilt for choice when it came to the sitcoms of the 2000s.
The Big Bang Theory, Friends, Modern Family, and so much more.
Ranker put the question of which was the best to TV fans and it made for some interesting results
10. South Park
South Park is one of the most popular animated sitcoms of all time. The show began in 1997 but began to hit its stride in the 2000s. Cartman, Kenny, and the others may not be the most charming characters in sitcom history, but they make every second they're on-screen funny.
9. Malcolm In The Middle
Malcolm in the Middle is a show that's full of creativity. From its unusual format to even the way the episodes are shot, everything about the show makes it stand out. Starring the delightful Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston, now of Breaking Bad fame, as parents.
8. Family Guy
Family Guy began in the 1990s but has adapted well beyond that. Seth MacFarlane's show is one of the most successful comedies of all time. The show has a looser format than the likes of The Simpsons. It has a catchy opening sequence and self-aware humor that sets it apart from other shows in the same genre.
The heart of Scrubs came from its willingness to take on some of the unique issues that arise in such a tense and high-stakes workplace. From J.D.'s inner monologues to Dr. Cox's hilarious rants, it feels like every character has their own thing that makes them uniquely fun to watch. Despite ending in 2010, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it brought back in the future.
6. Modern Family
Modern Family began in 2009 and didn't conclude until 2020. It has a much more contemporary feel than other 2000s sitcoms. Quirky, creative, and full of set-piece jokes that ensure every episode has at least a few laugh-out-loud moments. It's fair to say that it's not the most 2000's sitcom in terms of style.
5. The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory is one of the decade's most successful sitcoms. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady could not have predicted the show's success. Spin-off Young Sheldon means the show has remained prominent in the public consciousness.
Beginning in 1994 but dominating the early 2000s, Friends was the show that every sitcom wanted to be. With its simple premise of following the lives of a group of Manhattan friends, the hilarity of Friends came out in the interactions between its distinctive characters.
Distinctive is almost an understatement. Each of the main characters in friends was so unique in their charm and their sense of humor that their names even became synonymous with personality types. Despite its age, fans of what was once the world's biggest sitcom have never gone away and they made up a large chunk of voters on Ranker.
3. Parks and Recreations
A gentle comedy about a lovably determined bureaucrat working in a small local government department wouldn't normally have the same universal appeal as other sitcoms. Nevertheless, Parks and Recreation became a fan favorite almost immediately when it first premiered in 2009.
Although Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope is the face of the show, the side characters played by the likes of Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt, who has since become an unlikely movie star, are really what make the show so eminently watchable. Always a show to punch above its weight, the loyal fans it gained during its run came out in force to reinforce the series' popularity.
2. How I Met Your Mother
Premiering in 2005, How I Met Your Mother is almost the quintessential post-Friends sitcom. It has a roughly similar group dynamic that made it a great substitute for fans of the earlier show but it does so much differently as well to hook a whole new generation of sitcom fans. One of these is the central premise which frames the entire show as a story that central character Ted Mosby is telling to his kids.
Anyone who thought this would make it a straightforward rom-com would be disappointed as there are so many twists and turns and tangents in Ted's tale that must annoy his children as much as they entertain its core fanbase. The recent spin-off How I met Your Father undoubtedly reminded many of just how good the original show was.
1. The Office
There isn't a more quintessentially 2000s show than The Office, a sitcom about the unusual work environment at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Despite having a mixed response at first as it tried to imitate the original British show a little too closely, it managed to hit its stride in later seasons, particularly with the relationship between Jim and Pam adding a whole new charming element.
The Office gained more fans as it improved throughout the late-2000s and its iconic character moments and hilarious running jokes are still talked about and referenced today. The show even gained a second wind when it was added to Netflix in more recent years but the show earned its immense popularity and the acclaim of critics and fans alike long ago.