6. It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (1986-1990)
Sitcoms named after the entertainers who star on them got in fashion after Seinfeld. However, the comic who truly began the pattern was Garry Shandling. Furthermore, Shandling took it one step ahead, crushing TV’s fourth wall by straightforwardly talking to the audience and talking about the very sitcom they were on with his scene accomplices.
5. Family Ties (1982-1989)
The Reagan period gave fruitful ground to sitcoms about nuclear families. However, none was as perfectly made as Family Ties. Maker Gary David Goldberg keenly examined the generational pressure between ex-hippie parents Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross) and their neo-conservative child Alex (Michael J. Fox). The show gave us unlimited laughs and afterwards, included one of TV’s most prominent ditzes in sister Mallory (Justine Bateman). Extra brownie points for giving Tom Hanks one of his best early roles as the alcoholic Uncle Ned.