What makes a great sitcom? There are a few different things. One of the keys, though, is a strong ensemble in the cast. Sure, having a great star at the center can do a ton for you. However, don’t forget about the secondary, and sometimes tertiary, characters. It’s great to have a bunch of beloved folks to trot out. When the actors on your sitcom are all talented, and all work well together, magic can happen.
Given that, I’ve decided I want to go decade by decade, starting with the 1960s, to declare the best comedy ensemble of every decade. Like I said, I am starting with the ‘60s here.
There are a lot of strong options. The Dick Van Dyke Show starts with a winning pair in Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. They also had a couple of solid secondary actors in Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie. Carl Reiner would pop upon occasion. That’s about it, though, and honestly I never felt like Buddy and Sally were all that strong as characters.