8. Cheers: Sept. 30, 1982-May 20, 1993 on NBC. Set in a fictional Boston bar named, appropriately enough, “Cheers,” this show was must-see for over a decade. It captured the spirit of a neighborhood watering hole, complete with friendships, factions, and romance. It stars Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, and John Ratzenberger. Nicholas Colasanto played a prominent role, as well, until he died at the age of 61, while the show was still airing. Woody Harrelson took Colasanto’s role as the bartender.
7. Family Guy: January 31-Present. FOX. Set in fictional Quahog, Rhode Island (think Providence), Family Guy chronicles the adventures of the Griffin family. Peter Griffin is the family patriarch, but has an I.Q of 75 (Peter admitted as much in one episode), making him functionally illiterate. The show’s humor comes from the, often supernatural, antics of Peter’s wife and children. Current events and political commentary are sprinkled in, as well. Family Guy was conceived by Seth Macfarlane stars his voice, and the voices of Seth Green, Lacey Chabert, and Mila Kunis.
6. Friends: September 22, 1994-May 6, 2004 on NBC. Six attractive 20-somethings living in a Manhattan apartment building none of them could hope to afford in real life. That was the premise of “Friends,” which anchored NBC’s Thursday night lineup for more than a decade. The six friends fell in and out of love on their way to finding contentment. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.