The Best TV Comedy Ensembles Ranked
Dawn McClain

The Best TV Comedy Ensembles Ranked

Steve Patterson brought us an infuriating list this morning of an Indiewire article: The Best TV Comedy Ensembles from the last 25 years.

Here are the Top 5:

#5 Parks and Recreation.  Set in small town Indiana, this mocumentary style starring Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe, and Adam Scott also made stars out of Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and Nick Offerman.

#4 Seinfeld.  We were surprised that this one was so far down the list of top 25 and thought it would be number 1.  Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards) were just as entertaining as Jerry himself, and brilliantly worked together to assemble a hilarious show about not so nice people.

#3. 30 Rock: The brilliance of Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin set the stage for an array of other comedians  who were able to develop their characters to the ultimate limit.  Alec Baldwin himself played at least 6 characters, and characters within those characters.

#2 Arrested Development:  Aaah, the Bluth Family.  Rich, privileged and out of touch.  Jason Bateman was the only moral compass, and had the crazy job of managing his quirky relatives.  Veteran comedian David Cross and Jeffrey Tambor added comedy clout.  We met Michael Cera for the first time, and enjoyed Portia DeRossi and Will Arnett among others.

#1 The Larry Sanders Show: This was a bit perplexing, just because none of us had fully gotten into it.  The passing of Gary Shandling was recently a shock, and we kind of had forgotten about this gem. This fake late night talk show was a springboard for actors such as Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, Penny Johnson Jerald, Jeremy Piven, Janeane Garofalo, Scott Thompson, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Missing from this list in the top 5: Friends and The Office.  We feel like the top 2 are great shows, but TOP 2?  Oh well.  No one can ever agree on a list anyway.



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