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I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
I Love Lucy poster Rating: 8.5/10 (13,213 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: N/A
Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: TV-G
Genre: Comedy, Family
Released: 15 Oct 1951
Plot: Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz. The first major show to be put on film rather than kinescope.
Soap (1977–1981)
Soap poster Rating: 8.2/10 (3,778 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Susan Harris
Stars: Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Released: 13 Sep 1977
Plot: Parody of television soap-operas--the show's humor relies on exaggerating soap-operas' characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters.
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
The Facts of Life poster Rating: 6.7/10 (3,274 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Dick Clair, Howard Leeds, Jerry Mayer, Jenna McMahon, Ben Starr
Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 24 Aug 1979
Plot: A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett. Later in the series, Mrs. Garrett is promoted to school dietician, and four of the girls move into new quarters above the cafeteria. Eventually she leaves the school and opens her own business, with help from her girls.
Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)
Gimme a Break! poster Rating: 6.3/10 (1,252 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Mort Lachman, Sy Rosen
Stars: Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Lauri Hendler, Kari Michaelsen
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Released: 29 Oct 1981
Plot: Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, Katie, Julie, and Samantha, in short, be like a mother to them. Later, Carl's father, Stanley, moves in. Around the same time, Nell takes in young Joey Donovan as her foster son.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air poster Rating: 8.0/10 (76,194 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Andy Borowitz, Susan Stevenson
Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons
Runtime: 22 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 10 Sep 1990
Plot: When Will, an inner-city teenager from Philly is sent by his mother to live with his relatives (the Banks') in Bel-Air, everybody is in for a surprise. It is funny how influence can go both ways...

The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
The Jeffersons poster Rating: 7.5/10 (3,759 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Norman Lear, Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernard West
Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 18 Jan 1975
Plot: "The Jeffersons" was perhaps the most-successful spinoff series to "All in the Family." George Jefferson was the black version of Archie Bunker in many respects, both were loud-mouthed, opinionated and set in their bigoted ways. By 1975, Jefferson's fledging dry-cleaning business, Jefferson Cleaners, had successfully grown into a small chain; his newfound wealth led to moving his family to a "deluxe apartment in the sky" in Manhattan. His family included his wife, Louise, a level-headed and open-minded woman who often had to scold George when his mouth got him into trouble; and Lionel, an engineering major at a local college. He especially disliked Tom and Helen Willis, a mixed couple (he was white, she was black) whose daughter, Jenny, was dating and later married Lionel; Florence, his sharp-tongued maid; and Harry Bentley, the esoteric Englishman who lived next door. George often flaunted his wealth and displayed rude, arrogant, bigoted behavior; however, he often found that money didn't open every door or win him favor with everyone. In later years, George and Louise became grandparents (welcoming an adorable little girl, Jessica); and Lionel and Jenny found work he as an electrical engineer, she as a fashion designer. However, Lionel and Jenny's marriage soon began to crumble. Meanwhile, as Jefferson Cleaners continued to expand, George continually had to deal with competing dry-cleaning franchises, who sought to put George out of business. In the final season, George and Tom formed a partnership and purchased Charlie's Bar, their favorite hangout.
Good Times (1974–1979)
Good Times poster Rating: 7.3/10 (3,102 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Mike Evans, Norman Lear, Eric Monte
Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 08 Feb 1974
Plot: Life in the Chicago projects is never easy, However, the Evans family never gives up trying to make the best of things. While Florida and James struggle to provide for their family, their sons J.J., an aspiring painter, Micheal, the undying political crusader, causing trouble while their sister, Thelma, stands between them as the voice of reason. Living in the same building were Willona Woods, Florida's best friend from High School who provided support, love and gossip and Nathan Bookman, the overweight janitor who gave them grief and was the butt of alot of fat jokes, especially Willona who often referred to him as Buffalo Butt or Booger. Life, at least, is never boring while they fight to keep their heads above water and one day leave the projects, which they did in the series finale. Sadly, it was without James who was killed off in the 4th season.
227 (1985–1990)
227 poster Rating: 6.5/10 (1,377 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Bill Boulware, Jack Elinson, Michael G. Moye
Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Released: 14 Sep 1985
Plot: Based on a play about the lives of women residing in a black apartment building in 1950s Chicago, by Christine Houston, Marla Gibbs, who first shot to stardom for playing the sarcastic housekeeper to Louise & George Jefferson, Florence Johnston, in "The Jeffersons," got her own series. In this sitcom, she starred as Mary Jenkins, a tart-tongued, sharp housewife, who enjoyed a great deal of gossip, and often spoke of what she'd believed, not-so-good results. 227 was also about the many African-Americans who resided in a Washington, D.C. apartment building, among the many of her residents were Lester Jenkins, Mary's husband who was a construction worker, Brenda Jenkins, a teenaged daughter of Mary's & Lester's, whose very scholarly, when at times, she overdoes things and apologizes, Pearl Shay, an annoying, yet open-minded neighbor, who believes in gossip, the same topic Mary believes in, and Rose Halloway, a best friend of Mary's who show sympathy to the neighbors, who in turn, had a daughter, Tiffany. When the landlord dies [in the pilot episode], Rose took over Mr. Calloway's place, afterwards, until the fourth season. But at least somebody was as argumentative to Mary, until one day, her attractive, young building vamp, Sandra Clark, came over, and started feuding off and on with Mary about their own respective lives.
What's Happening!! (1976–1979)
What's Happening!! poster Rating: 7.0/10 (1,398 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: N/A
Stars: Haywood Nelson, Ernest Thomas, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Released: 05 Aug 1976
Plot: A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.
Benson (1979–1986)
Benson poster Rating: 7.1/10 (1,671 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Susan Harris
Stars: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Family
Released: 13 Sep 1979
Plot: In this spinoff of "Soap", Benson DuBois is sent out West to serve as butler to widowed state governor Gene Gatling, an honest but bumbling servant of the people. Although he has his rivals in German maid Kraus and persnickety aides Clayton and Taylor, Benson, armed with an acerbic wit and plenty of smarts, becomes the Governor's close friend and helper, and eventually is elected Lieutenant Governor!

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