12 Best Sitcoms Starring Stand-Ups

From 'Seinfeld' to 'Louie,' these are the shows that proved comics could make it on the small screen

11. 'Everybody Loves Raymond' (1996-2005)

Debuting on CBS in September 1996, Ray Romano's sitcom was a throwback to the traditional Honeymooners-style family comedy, wherein the male head of the household finds even less peace at home than he does at work. Granted, Tim Allen's Home Improvement, which had debuted five years earlier, mined a similar vein — but Everybody Loves Raymond was nastier, zingier and funnier, with Romano taking his everyschlub stage persona similar to even schlubbier depths. The Queens-bred stand-up had often used his family life as a subject for his routines; in fact, many of show's characters and scenarios were based on his own family, something which didn't sit too well with some of his relatives. Still, just about everybody else loved Raymond, from fellow sitcom makers (hello, creators of The King of Queens!) and to viewers who kept the series in the Nielsen Top 10 for years.

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