’60 Minutes’/Vanity Fair Poll Names Greatest Sitcom of All Time (Poll Also Reveals the Funniest Letter of the Alphabet, Among Other Things)

Dec 3, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A comedy series from TV’s early days battled it out with one from not all that long ago for the title of greatest sitcom of all time in a new poll by “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair, with the not-so-old one, “Seinfeld,” edging the really old one, “The Honeymooners,” for the top spot.

Twenty-two percent of respondents picked “Seinfeld” as the greatest sitcom, closely followed by “The Honeymooners” with 20%. Also in the running: “Friends” (16%) and “Cheers” (14%).

The poll also addressed other comedy-related topics, determining that most people consider men to be funnier than women, while the most off-limits topic for comedians is sexual assault.

So, what’s the funniest letter of the alphabet? According to the survey, it’s the letter Q, which was named by 22% of respondents.

Another tidbit of interest: Employees of the Department of Motor Vehicles were identified as least likely to crack a smile, from a field that included airport workers, toll collectors and nightclub bouncers.

And only 14% of respondents knew who Judd Apatow is. The director, writer and producer is the guest editor of Vanity Fair’s January comedy issue.


  1. It is too bad that people have forgotten All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Not only funny, but History makers in their time.

  2. Digital Guy–If The Honeymooners is included (starting as a skit on Mutual Broadcasting’s “Cavalcade of Stars” circa 1950) and first seen as part of the Jackie Gleason Shot on CBS in September 1952) then the voters (or whoever they are) surely will remember “All in the Family” which first aired in January 1971 almost 19 1/2 years later. It is all a matter of taste–personally I find a show about “something” more enjoyable than a show about “nothing”.

  3. Q? Don’t be ridiqulous.

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