Our criteria for selecting the 50 greatest TV comedies produced since 2000 was straight-forward: Is the show funny? If a show had completed its run, the question was: Is the show stil funny?
Will your favorite comedy top our list? Take a look...
In this series launched in 2015, mismatched friends (played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) are forced to reinvent their lives when their husbands go from being law partners to domestic partners. The antics are hilarious -- and gleefully raunchy.
For six seasons, from 2010-2016, our favorite Chicago cop and teacher-turned-writer (played by Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, respectively) made a romantic comedy that emphasized the comedy.
Forking amazing! That's what we think of this Kristen Bell- and Ted Danson-led series about the afterlife. Since 2016, it's been subverting everything from our expectations to our favorite cuss words.
Based on the same-titled, 1975-1984, single-mom sitcom, the new series debuted in 2017 with an all-new point of view. Focusing on the family of a Cuban-American Army vet (played by Justina Machado), the new show is fresh, funny -- and graced by Oscar-winning legend Rita Moreno.
When we first meet Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) in this observant comedy, which premiered in 2015, he's a new kid on the block who just wants to get along in school and blast his '90s rap music. You don't have to be the child of Taiwanese immigrants to identity -- or laugh -- at this all-American comedy.
Set to embark on its fifth and final season in 2019, this hard-working comedy about Big Apple slackers Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) has been sending the pair on crazy misadventures since 2014.
Creator Seth MacFarlane's Griffins have been reliably dispensing pop-culture references and zany musical extravaganzas since 1999, with one minor interruption: the show's 2002 cancellation. (Fox un-cancelled Family Guy in 2005, natch.)
This smart 2009-2010 look at Los Angeles caterers, who, of course, are also struggling performers. Co-created by Paul Rudd, Party Down starred the pre-Parks and Recreation Adam Scott and the pre-Glee Jane Lynch.
There's been no shortage of iterations of comic-creator Ben Edlund's dense but brave superhero. Our favorite is this short-lived live-action series originally made for Fox, and starring Seinfeld alum Patrick Warburton.
Following the lackluster Friends spin-off, Joey, Matt LeBlanc returned to TV in this 2011-2017 Hollywood comedy in the most perfect -- and funny -- way possible: By playing a fictionalized (and mostly awful) version of himself.
Critics frequently accused this 2003-2015 sex comedy about brothers (during the Charlie Sheen years) and buds (during the Ashton Kutcher era) of misogyny and homophobia, but for most viewers, it was this century's go-to show for a laugh.
On this 2012-2017 series that started on Fox and ended on Hulu, Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling, who also created the show) just wanted to be a good doctor, and, you know, the star of her own real-life romantic comedy.
Lisa Kudrow's post-Friends vehicle, about the struggles of B-minus-level sitcom star Valerie Cherish (Kudrow), went nearly a decade between its first and second seasons, in 2005 and 2014, respectively.
You like laughs? This is how you get laughs: You mix limited animation, the spy genre and a top-notch voice cast, including Jessica Walter and Aisha Tyler. This laugh-out-loud favorite has been producing new episodes since 2009.
The Belchers may not rival the Simpsons for pop-culture supremacy, but the clan from this animated family comedy, which premiered in 2011, do just fine for themselves in the laughs department.
This spirited family sitcom, produced from 2000-2006, made Frankie Muniz a teen idol, and brought Bryan Cranston (later of Breaking Bad) to the public eye. Most of all, its comedy made us devoted viewers; it was definitely the boss of us.
This big-box-store comedy, launched in 2015, and starring America Ferrera, proves workplace comedies are still good business -- provided they stock the laughs.
Way back when politics was funny, this truthiness-coining, 2005-2015 satirical talk show, starring Stephen Colbert, helped get us through Hurricane Katrina, the fall of Lehman Brothers, two presidential elections and more.
For most of its initial, 1998-2006 run, this sitcom was comedy gold. Its 2017 relaunch, officially a continuation, has tapped into the same mine. Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Karen (Megan Mullally) and Jack (Sean Hayes) haven't lost a step.
Before there was The Goldbergs, there was this 1980s-set comedy from co-creator Chris Rock. Produced from 2006-2009, Everybody Loves Chris found the funny in junior high, sibling rivalry, race relations and other not-necessarily funny topics.
If you like your comedy on the absurd side, then this amateur-detective tale starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis is totally for you. The only unfunny thing about this show is that it only produced 24 episodes over three seasons, from 2009-2011.
The 1950s would never have guessed it, but this pub-set sitcom, dispensing the edgy laughs since 2005, is poised to become the longest-running, live-action sitcom since The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Since premiering in 2014, this animated, talking-animal sitcom, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and more, has made a lot of funny-sad observations about Hollywood and humans. It's not just, ahem, Horsin' Around.
Based on a Colombian telenovela, this 2006-2010, Salma Hayek-executive-produced series is the only hour-long offering on our list. It makes the cut because it wasn't just cute-funny or poignant-funny; it was funny-funny.
From 2003-2009, this Cops-parodying series was as tight -- and guffaw-inducing -- as the shorts worn by Lt. Dangle (Thomas Lennon).
This 2001-2010 doctor comedy treated us with laughs, an A-plus cast -- led by Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke -- and, to the delight of Fortnite players, Donald Faison's Turk dance.
Originally produced for Fox, and now bound for NBC, this Andy Samberg-led series, set in NYPD's 99th Precinct, has been conducting a masterclass on ensemble comedy since 2013.
The only thing we don't like about this smart, really funny relationship series is that it only lasted three seasons, from 2011-2013.
When this dysfunctional-family comedy debuted, there was nothing else on TV quite like the saga of the Bluths. Through five seasons, spanning 2003-2018, and two networks, Fox and Netflix, there still isn't.
Brit Sacha Baron Cohen made his first splash -- and ignited his first controversies -- in the United States via this put-on interview show, originally on HBO from 2003-2004. The rest is Borat and Brüno history, the two other infamous characters that were introduced here.
We hereby thank David Brent (Ricky Gervais, who also co-created the 2003-2004 show) for being such a loathsome boss, and for allowing a video crew to document his loathsomeness. Because of his office, Americans got a whole new style of TV comedy.
Parenting, adulting, race: Dre (Anthony Anderson), Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and the rest of the Johnsons have been dealing with all the big issues in an expert -- and funny -- manner since 2014.
One of the biggest and most consistent comedy hits of the century, Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and their gang of scientists, spouses, significant others and friends will put down the calculators this coming spring after 12 seasons of smart laughs.
From 2009-2015, TV viewers, like the good people of Pawnee, Indiana, were lucky to have the service of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and the manly mustache of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).
In another era, a TV comedy as idiosyncratic and low-rated as Dan Harmon's comedy about a community-college study group wouldn't have lasted 13 episodes. But the Peak TV era was kind to Community.
How do you make a really, really funny show about a woman (played by Ellie Kemper) who was held captive and physically and emotionally abused for 15 years? We don't know, but co-creator Tina Fey does.
At the beginning of the 21st century, there was a notion that the stars of Seinfeld were "cursed," that their future projects were doomed to failure. If that idea wasn't already long dead, and Veep wasn't already cruising toward its seventh season, Gary (Tony Hale), the loyal aide to politico Selena Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), surely would wrestle it to the ground.
This 2005-2014 series, about the lives and loves of friends in New York City, was sentimental, lovely and heartfelt. It was also inspired, funny and full of -- wait for it! -- legendary catchphrases.
Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen and punk-rocker Carrie Brownstein were revelations in this 2011-2018 sketch comedy show that lampooned binge-watching, farm-raised chicken and, of course, Portland, Oregon.
From 2012-2015, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele shined a light on guys who can't stop making "these nuts" jokes, and helped President Obama express himself via an anger translator.
Co-creator Mike Judge takes us on a ride through the tech world -- its politics and customs -- via the up-and-down-and-up-again fortunes of the start-up, Pied Piper. Around since 2014, HBO recently confirmed the series will be back for Season 6.
Three seasons wasn't enough for this 2015-2017 gem. We'll forever believe that struggling New York City comics Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) had more snark, obscure snide comments and self-loathing to share with us.
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's creation, about a one-night stand that turns into a full-blown domestic coupling, is messy, tragic and so funny-real it hurts. Originally produced for British TV in 2014, and brought stateside in 2015, Season 4 will debut in 2019.
We don't know why an unseen, never-referenced camera crew is following the extended Pritchett-Dunphy clan, but we're glad they are.
A lot of shows tried -- and failed -- to be the next Friends. This 2011-2018 Zooey Deschanel vehicle came the closest to capturing its spirit. Like the Central Perk gang, Jess (Deschanel) had friends who were always there for her with witty one-liners.
In this 2007-2010 series, a self-absorbed Sarah Silverman -- the title star's comic persona, that is -- bopped around town. Was it a sitcom? Was it a sketch show with running characters and episode-long plot lines? We're sure of only one thing: It was hysterical.
Every time we watch 2006-2013's 30 Rock, we fall back in love with its New York City gang of late-night TV writers, performers and execs. As Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) said, we want to go there.
Is Larry David's follow-up to Seinfeld, which he co-created, funnier than Seinfeld? Let's leave it at this: Over 10 seasons (and counting) since 2000, Curb has proved itself to be pret-tay, pret-tay, pret-tay great.
Pam (Jenna Fisher) and Jim (John Krasinski). Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and his beet farm. Michael (Steve Carell) and his team-building events at Chili's. 2005-2013's The Office is just the best. That's what we said.