ABC hit animation Bluey has made it onto a list of the Top 100 Sitcoms of All Time, collated by Rolling Stone.
The Ludo Studios series is the only Australian-produced show to make the cut, assembled by Rolling Stone writers (Question: is it actually a sitcom, though?).
An Australian animated series targeted at preschoolers, Bluey is primarily a sweet, heartwarming show with a lot of lessons about the power of imaginary play and the challenges of growing up. It is also a screamingly funny depiction of the indignities of parenthood, as dad Bandit (voiced by Aussie indie rocker David McCormack) routinely suffers public humiliation and physical pain from his willingness to go along with whatever role-playing game his little girls have chosen for the day.
However Aussie format Review, based on ABC’s Review with Myles Barlow (2008 – 2010) ranked even higher.
Had Review just been a collection of loosely linked sketches in which Andy Daly’s “reviewer of life” Forrest MacNeil was forced to do whatever his fictional audience told him to and then rate it on a five-star scale, it would still be a great comic achievement. The series’ masterstroke, though, was to add up the impact that each review — whether having to eat 15 pancakes in one sitting, or divorce his wife without explanation — had on Forrest’s psyche, until the mere thought of him experiencing anything became agonizingly funny. Like Forrest when he had to try cocaine, we give it a million stars!
Here is the Top 20, let the debates begin!
- The Simpsons
- I Love Lucy
- All in the Family
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- The Honeymooners
- Parks & Recreation
- The Larry Sanders Show
- The Dick Van Dyke Show
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- The Andy Griffith Show
- Arrested Development
- The Cosby Show
- 30 Rock
- Bojack Horseman
A lot of favourites missed out entirely, but you can check out the full list here.