1. I Love Lucy
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The iconic comedy features the Cuban bandleader, Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), and his star-struck wife, Lucy (Lucille Ball), and their neighbors, Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel (Vivian Vance).
Despite Lucy's apparent lack of talent, she chases stardom by cooking up crazy pranks to slip into Ricky's shows while making allies with celebrities. Lucy's schemes get her and her best friends, Ethel and Fred, into the funniest predicaments.
TV Guide ranked this sitcom as the 2nd greatest of all time next to Seinfeld. The popular show aired from 1951 to 1957, winning four Emmy Awards. Never losing its acclaim, the show ended #1 in the Nielsen ratings and was the most-watched show in four out of six seasons.
The first syndicated television program in history, I Love Lucy, still captivates the hearts of 40 million viewers each year. With hilarious antics and timeless humor, the show is equally funny today as it was during its prime.
2. The Dick Van Dyke Show
The endearment of this show is the original characters in convincing situations. Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) balances his New York City life as the head writer of a television show, with home life in New Rochelle with his wife, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), and son, Ritchie (Larry Mathews).
With Carl Reiner writing all the ridiculously funny scripts for each episode, critics call The Dick Van Dyke Show one of the best-written shows in TV history.
The award-winning show aired from 1961 to 1966. It was nominated 49 times in five years, earning 27 wins, including two Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, two TV Land Awards, and three Writer's Guild of America Awards, and others. In 2002, TV Guide ranked it #13 among the 50 Greatest Shows of All Time.
The show is humorous, but a realistic peek into the suburban life of a happily married couple in the 60s—timeless humor after all these years.
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