Greatest Forgotten TV Sitcoms

by BWRocks | created - 09 Oct 2016 | updated - 10 Oct 2016 | Public
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1. Pinwright's Progress (1946– )

30 min | Comedy

Misadventures of a multiple store proprietor.

Stars: James Hayter, Clarence Wright, Daphne Maddox, Charles Irwin

considered the very first modern sitcom complete series is lost

2. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures and misadventures of the strait-laced bank employee Johnny Stearns and his zany wife Mary Kay.

Stars: Mary Kay Stearns, John Stearns, Nydia Westman, Howard Fischer

Votes: 29

most of the series is believed to be lost

3. The Aldrich Family (1949–1953)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Based on a popular radio show, this middle-class-American-family comedy is built around the life of the Aldrich family of Elm Street, Centerville and particularly focuses on the adventures ... See full summary »

Stars: Charita Bauer, Robert Casey, Jackie Kelk, Jack Grimes

Votes: 22

never released on DVD yet

4. The Life of Riley (1953–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

Stars: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Wesley Morgan, Tom D'Andrea

Votes: 315

updated version of the series that premiered on TV in '49 (and radio in '41)

never released on DVD yet

5. The Real McCoys (1957–1963)

30 min | Comedy

From the hills of West Virginia, Amos McCoy moves his family to an inherited farm in California. Grandpa Amos is quick to give advice to his three grandchildren and wonders how his neighbors ever managed without him around.

Stars: Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Tony Martinez

Votes: 765

seasons 1 & 2 are out on DVD

6. Bachelor Father (1957–1962)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a single adopted father raising a teenage niece with the help of his manservant.

Stars: John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran, Sammee Tong, Bernadette Withers

Votes: 368

never released on DVD yet

7. The Stu Erwin Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Stu Erwin played a mild-mannered high-school principal, with June Collyer as his wife.

Stars: Stuart Erwin, June Collyer, Ann E. Todd, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 88

(also know as "The Trouble with Father")

several compilation DVDs have been released

8. Meet Corliss Archer (1954– )

30 min | Comedy

Pert blond teenager Corliss Archer must balance her life at school, her lovable but goofy boyfriend Dexter and her well-meaning but clueless parents.

Stars: Ann Baker, Mary Brian, John Eldredge, Robert Ellis

Votes: 42

updated version of the series that premiered on TV in '51 (and radio in '43)

several compilation DVDs have been released

9. Maude (1972–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

"All In The Family" spin-off centered around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay, a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 3,086

complete series is out on DVD

10. It Takes Two (1982–1983)

30 min | Comedy

Sam and Molly Quinn are two hard working career people just too busy with their careers (he a doctor and she a lawyer) to pay attention to each other or their teenage children.

Stars: Richard Crenna, Patty Duke, Billie Bird, Helen Hunt

Votes: 64

never released on DVD yet

11. Life with Lucy (1986)

30 min | Comedy

Lucy Barker is a grandmother living with her daughter's family while constantly getting into comedic predicaments.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Ann Dusenberry, Larry Anderson

Votes: 251

never released on DVD yet

12. Julia (1968–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

Stars: Diahann Carroll, Lloyd Nolan, Marc Copage, Michael Link

Votes: 420

never released on DVD yet

13. Man About the House (1973–1976)

30 min | Comedy

One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath. He needs a place to live, they need a flatmate that can cook, so they decide to let... See full summary »

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Yootha Joyce

Votes: 1,019

seasons 1 & 2 are out on DVD (and the complete series is out on DVD on Region-2)

14. It's a Living (1980–1989)

30 min | Comedy

This series featured a group of waitresses (and a pianist, Sonny) who work at a fancy restaurant at the top of a skyscraper.

Stars: Gail Edwards, Barrie Youngfellow, Paul Kreppel, Marian Mercer

Votes: 593

never released on DVD yet

15. Alice (1976–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy spoon diner.

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon

Votes: 3,513

Seasons 1 to 4 are out on DVD as well as 1 compilation best-of DVD

16. The New Odd Couple (1982–1983)

30 min | Comedy

An African American remake of the television series inspired by the Neil Simon play about two friends living together despite their completely disparate attitudes to life.

Stars: Ron Glass, Demond Wilson, John Schuck, Bart Braverman

Votes: 98

never released on DVD yet

17. Amen (1986–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The new head of Philadelphia's First Community Church, Rev. Rueben Gregory, finds dealing with the headstrong, opinionated and unethical Deacon Ernest Frye - who works as a lawyer when not ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan

Votes: 1,341

never released on DVD yet

18. The Doris Day Show (1968–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

After spending most of her life in big cities, widow Doris Martin decides to move back to the family ranch.

Stars: Doris Day, Philip Brown, Todd Starke, Denver Pyle

Votes: 527

complete series is out on DVD

19. Nine to Five (1982–1988)

30 min | Comedy

The sitcom takes us into the further adventures of the characters from the movie of the same name.

Stars: Rachel Dennison, Valerie Curtin, Sally Struthers, Edward Winter

Votes: 304

never released on DVD yet

20. Valerie (1986–1991)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Originally the saga of a working mom raising her three sons alone while her pilot husband is away. After star Valerie Harper left the series, her role was filled by Sandy Duncan as the boys' aunt.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Dan Ponce, Josh Taylor

Votes: 1,262

never released on DVD yet

21. Empty Nest (1988–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston, and his two adult daughters, Barbara and Carol Weston, who have come back to ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure, Park Overall

Votes: 2,560

never released on DVD yet

22. The Golden Palace (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

While Dorothy got married again, Blanche, Rose and Sophia opened a hotel, called The Golden Palace.

Stars: Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Don Cheadle

Votes: 1,032

never released on DVD yet

23. The Torkelsons (1991–1992)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

As a single mother of five, Mrs. Millicent Torkelson is a do-it-yourselfer with a flair for finding ingenious ways to make ends meet and making the best of bad times. Her oldest daughter ... See full summary »

Stars: Connie Ray, Olivia Burnette, Lee Norris, Rachel Duncan

Votes: 874

and "Almost Home" (the second season)

never released on DVD yet

24. Three's a Crowd (1984–1985)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

Jack Tripper's co-habitation with Vicky Bradford is complicated by her hostile father's interference as Jack's landlord.

Stars: John Ritter, Mary Cadorette, Alan Campbell, Robert Mandan

Votes: 671

never released on DVD yet

25. Down to Earth (1984–1987)

30 min | Comedy

After being struck down by a trolley (golly) in 1925, Ethel MacDoogan, a flapper, waits in heaven for a chance to help a family and earn her wings. That chance arrives in the form of the Preston family.

Stars: Carol Mansell, David Kaufman, Kyle Richards, Randy Josselyn

Votes: 51

never released on DVD yet

26. Amanda's (1983)

30 min | Comedy

Dry-witted Amanda Cartwright tries to manage a hotel, despite mishaps involving her inexperienced son Marty, self-centered daughter-in-law Arlene, devoted cook Earl, and bumbling foreign bellhop Aldo.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Fred McCarren, Simone Griffeth, Rick Hurst

Votes: 63

never released on DVD yet

27. Filthy Rich (1982–1983)

30 min | Comedy

When Big Guy Beck dies, the heirs to his estate are given a stipulation (via a pre-recorded video will) before they inherit his wealth. They have to live with Big Guy's illegitimate son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dixie Carter, Charles Frank, Jerry Hardin, Michael Lombard

Votes: 85

never released on DVD yet

28. The 5 Mrs. Buchanans (1994–1995)

30 min | Comedy

Four sisters-in-law struggle to deal with small town life and their overbearing mother-in-law.

Stars: Judith Ivey, Beth Broderick, Harriet Sansom Harris, Charlotte Ross

Votes: 125

never released on DVD yet

29. Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.

Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady

Votes: 2,226

seasons 1 to 3 are out on DVD as well as a best-of collection (of season 1 eps)

30. Checking In (1981– )

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of Florence Johnson, a hotel maid who was previously seen serving the Jeffersons.

Stars: Marla Gibbs, Patrick Collins, Robert Costanzo, Jordan Gibbs

Votes: 27

1 ep was released as a special bonus on the complete series of "The Jeffersons"

31. Apple Pie (1978– )

30 min | Comedy

Set in Depression-era Kansas City, this comedy was based around a single hairdresser's unique approach to curing her loneliness: putting an ad in the newspaper and recruiting the folks who ... See full summary »

Stars: Rue McClanahan, Dabney Coleman, Jack Gilford, Caitlin O'Heaney

Votes: 17

never released on DVD yet

32. Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two of New York's finest in the 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one, either saves the day or messes things up, much to the chagrin ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed, Al Lewis

Votes: 1,200

complete series is out on DVD

33. Ozzie's Girls (1973– )

30 min | Comedy

After their two sons leave home, Ozzie and Harriet rent their rooms to two beautiful college girls.

Stars: Harriet Nelson, Brenda Sykes, Susan Sennett, Ozzie Nelson

Votes: 51

never released on DVD yet

34. Make Room for Granddaddy (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy

An aging entertainer and his wife take on care of their 6-year-old grandson.

Stars: Danny Thomas, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright, Michael Hughes

Votes: 38

1 ep was released as a bonus on the S3 DVD set of "Here's Lucy"

35. The Ghost Busters (1975)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Two guys and their pet gorilla hunt spooks.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Bob Burns, Richard Balin

Votes: 316

complete series is out on DVD

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