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Michael O.

Great list! Gargantuan task! The only thing I wonder is whether you've seen some of the more recent British sitcoms, other than the Office - I recommend Black Books and The Thick of It (which is a sort of contemporary Yes Minister).

Robert David Sullivan

The Thick of It is one that I need to catch up on. It wasn't easily available in the US when I started to assemble the list. (I did see Black Books.) Selecting British episodes was tough because I didn't get as many recommendations and they haven't won many awards (like Emmys). But I didn't want to leave them out entirely. Perhaps there will be a supplemental list...

Young Fan Of The 60s Sitcoms

Good list! Although I think It's a shame you left off my three absolute favorite sitcom episodes.... "Ship Of Spies" Parts I & 2, "The Little Black Book" Parts 1 and 2, and what was originally supposed to be a movie of the same name "A Man Called Smart", Parts 1-3. Both are from the best comedy of all, right above Mr. Ed and The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was created by Mel Brooks & Buck Henry and was called, "Get Smart". In "Ship Of Spies" KAOS has stolen the plans to the nuclear amphibian battleship and hidden them on the freighter Lucky Star. The thief kills a CONTROL informer and the only clue is a clip-clop noise he makes. Max and 99 book passage and search for the clip-clop noise, which everyone on the ship seems to make. To assist them, 44 hides out below with a cargo hold full of monkeys. There are so many brilliant scenes in this two-part episode that it's hard to single out one, but I love the Yankee Doodle Dandy bit in the beginning. There's also the classic deck-chair sequence, 44 in the porthole, Parker and Smart discussing the monkeys, I could go on and on!
In "A Man Called Smart", KAOS steals a water evaporation formula (DRY-UP) and blackmails the country by threatening to dry up all its water. Max's informant, character actor Russell Bedioyskin, is shot, as is the Chief in a hospital shoot-out. Admiral Hardgrave comes back to CONTROL to lead it through this crisis as Max and 99 head to California. It features the first appearance of the admiral and the classic stretcher-through-the- revolving-door scene. This was designed to be a Get Smart movie and it's a shame that fell through because it would be considered a movie classic if it had been made.
In "The Little Black Book," Don Adams' real life friend Don Rickles joins him in this episode. Rickles, playing Max's old army buddy Sid, borrows Max's address book. Unfortunately, it's actually a book listing KAOS agents, who are desperate to get the book back. The episode, originally scheduled as a single episode, became a two-parter after Rickles and Adams spent so much time making each other laugh that the crew went into overtime to get the job done. Fortunately, their ad-libs enabled them to stretch the episode into a two-parter. On the amazing DVD set, you can hear Rickles' commentary on this episode and a great collection of bloopers from it as well.


I was glad to see the "Turkey" episode of WKRP appear, but I would have added to that the "Tornado" or "Hoodlum" rock to the list. Also, Fonzi jumping the shark has got to rank right up there. Last of all, sorry to see that none of the Soap episodes made it to the list.

However, that said, monumental task. Well done on the list.

Robert David Sullivan

Thanks, Jim! Alas, it's tough to get WKRP episodes because only the first season was released on DVD (because of music rights). We need a Kickstarter campaign to get the entire series released in its original form. Probably not going to happen.


Not a single episode from Friends? Wow. In a list with 100 episodes, not even one?


am sorry "The Contest" has got to be #1, so this list is dud!


The Sanford and Son episode "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe" is a glaring omission from the list. Probably has the single most hilarious moment in TV history - only a dead person wouldn't laugh when Esther addresses Big Money Grip after he claims to her that he's Lamont's real father. You obviously didn't see that episode.

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